“I’ve developed several assisted living facilities in Central MN communities. It is critical to have local resources, such as BLAEDC, to identify, coordinate, and facilitate local government resources and processes.”

— Chuck Lane of Golden Horizons
Assisted Living and Memory Care


Start your business today

Anyone who's thinking about starting a business in the Brainerd Lakes Area should contact the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC), which can help you determine how to proceed and can share with you additional resources that will help you get started and give you a better chance of success. Below is a list of community resources that can help you get started.

Individualized business counseling

The Small Business Development Center at Central Lakes College has a resource library and offers classes and one-on-one counseling to help you develop your business plan and conduct market research and feasibility analysis. Complete a SBDC application to qualify for these services.

'Going into Business for Yourself' class

A great first step in starting a business is enrolling in the "Going into Business for Yourself" class offered at Central Lakes College. Click here to register online. This once-a-month, three-hour class works through the basics of starting a business, including assessing market potential, business planning and learning about available financial resources.

Business planning tools

The tools needed to organize your idea into a business begin here. Download these easy-to-use fact sheets to help you with your planning process. Or, download the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s "Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota." This workbook offers a discussion of major issues, questions, and concerns that are most commonly raised by those starting a business.

Watch and learn from others

Click a link to watch videos provided by the US Small Business Administration and the US Postal Service. Or, listen to a podcast.


Resources for starting a business


Small Business Development Center


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry

Minnesota Department of Revenue

Minnesota Secretary of State


Internal Revenue Service


US Dept of Labor