Resource Directory

The East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC) published and regularly updates our Regional Business Assistance Directory listed below and the local government listings click here. Or  to downloan or print the full directory click here.

This directory can connect you to a variety of business financing programs, technical assistance providers, local government programs and more. For more information please contact the ECRDC Office of Economic Development at (320) 679-4065 #29.

East Central Minnesota
Regional Business Assistance Directory

Published by the East Central Regional Development Commission
Serving 39 Cities and 88 Townships in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine Counties in East Central Minnesota
Updated 2.5.2018

About the East Central Regional Development Commission
The ECRDC is a public agency whose board members are represented by officials appointed by county boards, townships, municipalities, school boards, and citizens at large.
The mission of the ECRDC is to provide services and resources which enhance the ability of the regions residents and units of government to effectively problem solve and establish a quality of life desired by the citizens of the region.


Lenders


East Central Regional
Development Commission 100 Park Street South Mora, MN 55051
(320) 679-4065
www.ecrdc.org
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Entrepreneur Fund 202 W. Superior Street Suite 311
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 623-5747
www.entrepreneurfund.org
Michael Lattery – Director of Business Finance Serving: Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Initiative Foundation
405 1st St SE Little Falls, MN 56345
(320) 632-9255
www.ifound.org
Dan Bullert – Business Finance Manager Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 259-7114
www.mn.gov/deed/
Colleen Eddy – Serving Chisago & Isanti Counties.
Brad Brzezinski – Serving Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

WomenVenture
2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 200,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 224-9540
2ww.womenventure.org Elaine Wyatt – Executive Director
Serving: Chisago & Isanti Counties.

U.S. Commercial Service
330 Second Avenue South – Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 348-1638
www.export.gov

David Edmiston – Senior International Trade Specialist.
Business Export Financing
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)
Clean Energy Resource Team
411 Borlaug Hall – 1991 Upper Buford Circle St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 625-9634
Peter Lindstrom
Financing energy efficiency products for business and multi-family housing.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

North Central Economic Development Association (NCEDA)
200 1st Street NE, Suite 2
Staples, MN 56479
(218) 894-3233
www.northcentraleda.org Stephanie Barney – Regional Business Specialist Serving: Chisago, Isanti,
Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

US Export Import Bank
330 2nd Ave. South, Suite 410
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 348-1213
www.exim.gov
Denis Griffin – Regional Director Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Minnesota Business Finance Corporation
616 Roosevelt Road, Suite 200 St Cloud, MN 56301 Phone: (320) 258-5000
www.mbfc.org
Nadene Kruize – Senior VP / Loan Officer Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Amplio
3900 Northwoods Drive
Suite 225 Arden Hills, MN 55112
(320) 290-9096
www.amplioedc.com
Scott Hoeschen – Business Development Officer Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Community Reinvestment Fund, USA 801 Nicollet Mall, Suite 1700W Minneapolis, MN 55402
Jennifer Ericson – Regional Director of Business Development
(612) 305-2058
www.crfusa.com
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Midwest MN Community Development Corp.
119 Graystone Plaza, Suite 100 Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Nicole Kirchner – BP of Business Development 218-847-3191
www.mmcdc.com
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Prairieland Economic Development Corp.
1 Prairie Drive
Slayton, MN 56172 www.prairielandedc.com (507) 836-6656
Trygve Fredrickson – Loan Officer Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

USDA Rural Development 110 Buchanan Street North Cambridge, MN 55008
(763) 689-3354
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Great River Energy 12300 Elm Creek Boulevard Maple Grove, MN 55369
(763) 445-5000
www.econdev.greatriverenergy.com Jeff Borling – Economic Development Lead Serving selected
locations in: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Mille Lacs Energy Cooperative
36559 US Highway 169
Aitkin, MN 56431
(218) 927-2191
www.mlecmn.net
Sarah Cron – General Manager
Serving selected locations in Mille Lacs County.

East Central Energy
412 Main Avenue North / P.O. Box 39 Braham, MN 55006
(800) 254-7944
www.eastcentralenergy.com Mark Nelson – Manager, Government & Business Relations
Serving selected locations in: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

First Children’s Finance
111 N 3rd Ave #220
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 338-3023
www.firstchildrensfinance.org Mark Hanson – Economic Dev. Consultant
Providing financing to childcare businesses in Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

1 Million Cups Eden Prairie
A nonprofit mentorship and networking group for entrepreneurs that meets online on Wednesday
mornings at 9:00 AM
https://www.1millioncups.com/edenprairie


Equity Investors


The East Central Regional Development Commission keeps a database of equity investors and
organizations that invest in businesses in our area. For more information
please contact us:
100 Park Street South Mora, MN 55051
(320) 679-4065 #29
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.


Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club


The East Central MN Inventers and Entrepreneurs Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of the Month at 6:00
PM at East Central Energy (412 Main Ave. N. – Braham, MN). Doors open for networking at 5:30 PM.
Presentations are from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Meetings typically have a Subject Matter expert on a
topic of interest to entrepreneurs. There is also generally a local “business success story” presentation. Meetings are free to attend and open to the public.
For more info: www.ecmnbusiness.com (320) 679-4065
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

 


SBA HUBZone


Much of East Central MN is located in a SBA HUBZone, which helps small businesses in urban and
rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities.
These preferences go to small businesses that obtain HUBZone certification in part by employing
staff who live in a HUBZone. The company must also maintain a “principal office” in one of these
specially designated areas.
For more info: (320) 679-4065 #29


Foreign Trade Zones


Duluth Seaway Port Authority 2305 West Superior Street Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 727-8525
www.duluthport.com
Kate Ferguson – Dir. of Business Development kferguson@duluthport.com
Specific land parcels can be designated as Foreign Trade Zones. Benefits can include forgiveness of duties for businesses that import and export.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.


Business Incubator


Pine Innovation Center
585 Hillside Avenue Southwest Pine City, MN 55063
(320) 629-5140
http://www.pine.edu/departments/pine- innovation-center/
Light manufacturing and technology-based businesses incubator space.


CoWorking Spaces / Business Incubators


Kanabec County Launch Pad Telework Center
16 North Lake Street
Mora, MN 55051
320-209-5031
http://www.kanabeccounty.org/departments/mora_telework_center.php

Pine Innovation Center
585 Hillside Avenue Southwest
Pine City, MN 55063
320-629-5140
http://www.pine.edu/departments/pine-innovation-center/
Light manufacturing and technology-based businesses incubator space.


Technical Assistance


Minnesota Small Business Development
Center (SBDC)
https://mn.gov/deed/business/help/sbdc/
Chisago County Nancy Hoffman (651) 674-5664
Isanti, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties
Tom Willett – (763) 691-8585
Kanabec County Heidi Steinmetz (320) 209-5031
Assistance with business plans, securing financing, financial statements, marketing and more.

Legal Corps
1000 LaSalle Ave. SCH 317
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 206-0780
www.legalcorps.org
Sally Nankivell – Executive Director
Free or reduced cost one-on-one legal services for entrepreneurs and businesses.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Agriculture Utilization Research Institute (AURI)
1501 State Street
Marshall, MN 56258
(507) 537-7440
www.auri.org
Nan Larson – Director of Innovative Networks Helping develop new uses for agricultural and food products through science and technology. Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Entrepreneur Fund
202 W. Superior Street Suite 311
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 623-5747
www.entrepreneurfund.org
Michael Lattery – Director of Business Finance Serving: Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.
Offering business advising, classes and other technical support.
Serving: Pine County.

Pine Technical & Community College
900 4th St SE Pine City, MN 55063
(320) 629-5100
www.pine.edu
Joe Mulford – President Customized training, continuing education and business incubator facilities.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Anoka Ramsey Community College Cambridge Campus
300 Spirit River Drive South Cambridge, MN 55008
(763) 433-1100
www.anokaramsey.edu Customized training & continuing education. Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Women’s Business Alliance 309 1ˢᵗ Street NE, Suite 103 Little Falls, MN 55345
(218) 735-6033
https://www.entrepreneurfund.org Sandy Voigt – Director
Resources for female entrepreneurs
Serving Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties

WomenVenture
2021 East Hennepin Avenue, Suite 200,
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 224-9540
www.womenventure.org Elaine Wyatt – Executive Director
Training, classes and loans for female entrepreneurs.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti,

Explore MN Tourism
121 7th Place E, Suite 100 St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 296-5029
www.exploreminnesota.com
Nicole Lalum – Serving Kanabec & Mille Lacs Counties.
Tim Campbell – Serving Pine County.
Lori Grosslein-Peterson – Serving Chisago & Isanti Counties.
Marketing and advertising assistance to businesses.

Minnesota Trade Office
332 Minnesota Street – Suite E200 Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 259-7498
https://mn.gov/deed/business/exporting/ Gabrielle Gerbaud – Executive Director Assistance for businesses looking to export or do business in other countries.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, Inc. (CMJTS)
www.cmjts.org 903 Forest Ave E Mora, MN, 55051
(320) 679-6488
Connect with qualified workers, employee training and business resources. Partners in the Minnesota

WorkForce Center System.
140 Buchanan Street S. Suite 152
Cambridge, MN 55008
(763) 279-4492
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 259-7114
www.mn.gov/deed/
Colleen Eddy – Serving Chisago & Isanti Counties.
Brad Brzezinski – Serving Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.
Assistance with finance, exporting and other topics.

Bunker Labs
400 S. 4th Street #401
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 836-3710
https://www.bunkerlabsmpls.org Bunker Labs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping
veterans start their own businesses.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

U.S. Commercial Service
330 Second Avenue South – Suite 410 Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 348-1638
www.export.gov
David Edmiston – Senior International Trade Specialist.
Assistance for businesses looking to export or do business in other countries.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

MN Department of Labor & Industry
443 Lafayette Road N., St. Paul, MN 55155 (651) 284-5355
www.doli.state.mn.us
Dan Solomon – Program Consultant Assistance for training for businesses.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs &
Pine Counties.

SCORE Twin Cities
2021 E Hennepin Ave Ste 220
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(952) 938-4570
www.twincities.score.org
Classes and one-on-one mentorship counseling to businesses and entrepreneurs.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs &
Pine Counties.