Economic Development

The City of Lodi is a unique community in Columbia County, close to Madison, the interstate, and Lake Wisconsin. Home to just over 3,000 residents and numerous businesses, Lodi provides a small town environment, with proximity to big city amenities. There is a standing Economic Development Committee of the Common Council which focuses on making Lodi an easy place to start and grow a business.

Business Plans & Permits

Here is some helpful information for existing or start-up businesses:

Revolving Loan Fund

The city has developed a Revolving Loan Fund to assist local businesses. The goal of this business stimulation program is improvement of the business climate through preservation and development of:
  • Cultural Amenities
  • Historical Atmosphere
  • Natural Environment
  • Tourism
If interested in securing a revolving loan, apply online.

2017 Loans

Bread Etc. on Main: $1,581 for exterior awnings at 147 South Main Street
One 11 Main Bar and Grille: $1,450 for exterior awnings at 111 South Main Street

2016 Loans


One 11 Main Bar and Grille: $2000 for interior updates to 111 South Main Street

2015 Loans

Prairie Valley Resale Store: $2000 for exterior changes to 177 South Main Street

2014 Loans

La Grotta Wine Bar: $2000 for exterior changes at 121 South Main Street
Maynard Schulgen Post 216: $4000 to renovate American Legion Hall
Plumer Karate America: $2000 to paint 125 Lodi Street
Sunfall On Main: $2000 for 139 South Main Street   
The Columbia County Economic Development Corporation also has a revolving loan fund to assist existing and new businesses.