Downtown Kenosha is the place to be for independent businesses, whether small, large, and any size in between. Now more than ever, businesses owners are pursuing their passions and finding success here. It's a place where activity abounds, customers are loyal, and neighboring business owners promote one another. This page provides business and property owners with a variety of information, tools and resources to help your Downtown Kenosha business succeed.

Downtown Communications

Downtown Kenosha, Inc. (DKI) communicates with businesses, property holders and stakeholders regularly and does so primarily via email. Stay up to date on meeting dates, event details, promotional opportunities, news and other information affecting the Downtown district by ensuring your email address is on DKI's distribution list. If you aren't receiving DKI communications now, please email us to request to be added to the Business email list.

A major objective of the Downtown Kenosha organization is to market and promote our district as a desirable destination for shopping, dining, entertainment and services. Its primary tool in doing this is the website which lists all district businesses. You're encouraged to review your listing in the Business Directory and provide additional information to ensure complete, user-friendly content for the customer. To update your business listing on the website at any time, use the following request form or email us for more information.

pdfWebsite Listing Request Form

Downtown Brochures

Twice each year, a fold-out business directory and map of the Downtown District and the surrounding lakefront area is printed. Quantities of the brochure are available at no charge to display and distribute at your business. You may pick up supplies of the brochure at the Downtown Kenosha, Inc. office (located at KABA – 5500 Sixth Avenue, Suite 200) or the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (812 56th Street). Or email us to request a supply to be delivered to you.

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The Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA) administers a revolving loan fund for property owners or businesses located in or locating within the Downtown Main Street program area (also known as the Kenosha Lakeshore Business Improvement District).

  • Loans under this program shall be:
  • No more than fifty (50%) percent of a purchase, construction and/or improvement of fixed assets
  • Not less than $10,000 nor for more than $250,000.00
  • In an amount of not more than $40,000.00 per job created or retained
  • Solely for commercial improvements. Use for residential improvements is prohibited
  • Secured by collateral such as: real estate mortgages, subordinated real estate mortgages, equipment, personal and corporate guarantees
  • Not longer than twenty (20) years where the loan is for the construction and/or improvement of land, building or facility
  • Not be longer than ten (10) years where the loan is only for equipment.

For more information, contact Tina Schmitz at KABA at (262) 605-1100 or by email.

Advertising Programs

Local media partners have developed cooperative adverting programs that highlight Downtown businesses and offer affordable marketing opportunities. The Downtown Kenosha Magazine is published three times annually, and Kenosha News and WLIP Radio offer year-round advertising programs exclusively for Downtown Kenosha businesses.

Downtown Logo Use

The Downtown Kenosha logo embodies our mission of building and promoting a vibrant and valuable Downtown destination, one that exudes a positive community image and brings economic impact to the district and its members. It also conveys a collective spirit of working together for the benefit of our district. Downtown businesses are encouraged to use the logo in their own marketing and promotional efforts to further the effort toward a unified image for Downtown Kenosha. Please read the Logo Use Guidelines document below to learn how you can request and use the logo.

Other Resources & Links

Want your downtown business included in our directory? Contact us for more information!