SHEBOYGAN COUNTY, WI — The Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UW-Green Bay aim to provide a wide range of services, resources, and expertise to encourage entrepreneurial opportunities in Sheboygan County, including hospitality businesses that make Sheboygan County a unique destination for visitors and residents alike.With the help of the SCEDC and SBDC, Joshua Lundgren-Dolan and Kelli Scharff expanded Velvet Sheep Farms to include a bed and breakfast. Located at a century old farmhouse at 1681 Garton Rd. in Sheboygan, their bed and breakfast allows each guest to get a taste of the rich and rewarding lifestyle a small farm can provide. The mission of Velvet Sheep Farms is to create a thriving property centered around and in support of the sheep and animals that constitute it. Velvet Sheep Farms currently offers a bed and breakfast experience, tours, and a wide range of unique wool products.Scharff said,
“While the sheep farm is the nucleus of the brand by its very nature, there are so many different things Velvet Sheep Farms has to offer. Consequently, as the property is improved so too is the capacity expanded and the overall guest experience enriched.”The SCEDC, with its extensive business experience and resources, was able to assist Lundgren-Dolan and Scharff in seeing their vision through for Velvet Sheep Farms Bed and Breakfast, while also assisting with the fundamentals of launching a business.
“It is so wonderful that we found the SCEDC as a resource and have had the opportunity to learn and grow so much as a business under the SCEDC’s tutelage,” Lundgren-Dolan said. “It is so empowering to learn from those who have been there before and know what knowledge is critical for success. I would definitely point anyone looking to make their dreams a reality in the direction of Ray York and the SCEDC when they begin their undertaking.”