Business adviser earns national certification

JAMES SCHUESSLER JAMES SCHUESSLER James Schuessler, business development specialist at the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp., has received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC).

EDFP certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series. The training provides individuals working in the field of economic development with instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating and the creation and implementation of development programs.

Each of the four EDFP certification program courses are five days in length and concludes with an exam. Upon successful completion of all four courses, the candidate is awarded EDFP Certification.

Schuessler, a native of Oconto Falls, joined SCEDC in 2014. Pre- viously he was the executive director for Forest County Economic Development Partnership, which he led from 2011 to 2014. Prior to his joining FCEDP, Forest County had no business retention and expansion strategy or funding mechanisms. During Schuessler's tenure, he developed several funding options for county development including joining Central Wisconsin Economic Development (CWED), raising nearly $100,000 for a micro-loan fund through donations by local lenders and foundations, as well as development of a 501(c)6 economic development fund, developing a three-way relationship between economic development, industry, and municipalities. Prior to his emphasis in economic development, Schuessler, a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, spent two decades in television. Upon the sale of the television group he and his wife Karla, who works in education, returned home to Wisconsin in order to rear their three children, two of whom now live and work in She- boygan County.

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