Indianhead Community Action Agency (CAA) is the recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action. The agency, headquartered in Ladysmith and serving the northwest counties of Burnett, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn, received the award for its business development program, which helps low-income entrepreneurs start up their own businesses. As new entrepreneurs are successful, they also offer a ‘hand up’ to other rural entrepreneurs or workers. This gives other individuals employment or a chance for skills development, further expanding opportunities for economic self-sufficiency and for growing communities.
Since 2010, the Business Development program has assisted 75 clients, underwritten $352,000 in new loans, helped launch 20 new businesses, and created 64 new jobs. Of the new businesses, 7 are owned by women, of which 1 is Native American, and 4 are owned by disabled individuals.
Department of Children and Families Secretary Eloise Anderson presented the award, on behalf of Governor Scott Walker, to Pam Guthman, Indianhead CAAs CEO and Karl Fee, Indianhead CAAs Business Development Director, at WISCAP’s annual meeting held in Madison on May 8th and 9th.
The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action, inaugurated by Governor Tommy Thompson and presented annually by each of his successors, is given in acknowledgment of a unique and innovative program or service provided by a Community Action Agency and serving to advance the cause of economic self-sufficiency.