Resource Directory

The East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC) published and regularly updates our Regional Business Assistance Directory (found online 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.
East Central Regional Development Commission
100 Park Street South, Mora, MN 55051
(320) 679-4065
ecrdc@ecrdc.org
www.ecrdc.org


Lenders


East Central Regional Development Commission    100 Park Street South, Mora, MN 55051    (320) 679-4065
www.ecrdc.org
Jordan Zeller – Economic Development Director
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
Stephen Peterson – Sr. Business Loan Officer
Serving: Pine County

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 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.

Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED)
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 259-7114
www.mn.gov/deed/
Kylle Jordan – Serving Chisago & Isanti Counties.
Brad Brzezinski – Serving 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
Sandy Voigt – Regional Business Specialist
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.

East Central Energy
412 Main Avenue North / P.O. Box 39 Braham, MN 55006 (800) 254-7944
www.eastcentralenergy.com
Mark Nelson – Business Accounts & Energy Services Manager
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
Jim Dickinson – Loan Fund Director
Providing financing to childcare businesses in Chisago, Isanti, 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
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.
Business Export Financing
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.

USDA Rural Development
110 Buchanan Street North
Cambridge, MN 55008
(763) 689-3354
David Wittwer
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.

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


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
Candi Broeffle – Business Advisor
Serving: Pine County
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
Jason Spaeth – Dean of Continuing Education & Customized Training
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.

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, 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.

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.

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

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.

SCORE
2345 Rice St #207
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 632-8937
www.stpaul.score.org
355 5th Ave S Suite 135
St Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 240-1332
www.centralminnesota.score.org
Classes and one-on-one mentorship counseling to businesses and entrepreneurs.
Serving: Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs & Pine Counties.