Clearinghouse for Economic Development

Economic Development

This section of the website is intended to be a clearinghouse for groups and individuals engaged in economic development of some fashion in the County.  Below is a series of links to resources to help with business development, recruitment, financing, resources and other similar tools.

 Sources of Business Advice and Guidance

The Anderson Center  Business advice from professionals at the Anderson Center in St. Cloud.
Minnesota SCORE  Connect to the Minnesota chapter of the Service Corps of Retired Executives.
U.S. Small Business Administration  The Federal agency charged with providing assistance of various kinds to small businesses.
Small Business Development Center  Connect through DEED to the Central Minnesota SBDC, sevring this region out of Brainerd with advice and consultation on business start ups and growth.
LegalCORPS  Volunteer attorneys willing to help small businesses with legal assistance.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development  DEED offers a multiplicity of resources to assist both businesses directly and those counties or communities engaged in economic development.
Minnesota Secretary of State  Where you can apply to become a business chartered in Minnesota.
St. Thomas Schulze School of Entrepreneurship  Resources at St. Thomas for business startups and innovators.
The Center for Business Planning  A free online source fo help with the development of business plans.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center  Resources for Minnesota businesses looking to contract with or sell to the Federal government.
WomenVenture  Resources for women in business ownership and management.
The Initiative Foundation  The Initiative Foundation in Little Falls is a great source, both for business assistance and for financing.
Enterprise Minnesota  Source of business consulting and advice with a particular focus on manufacturing.