The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is a community-driven nonprofit organization designed to help new and expanding businesses find the resources they need to succeed in the Brainerd Lakes Area. BLAEDC staff work side-by-side with business owners and communities in Crow Wing County.
BLAEDC is funded and supported by local business and government leaders who know that a healthy and growing regional economy benefits everyone. Since 1985, over three hundred businesses have worked with BLAEDC. Some companies requested site and location assistance while others have utilized BLAEDC?s expertise in economic development to understand and apply for specialized gap financing. Whether the companies? needs are simple or complex, they have all benefited from the knowledge and local expertise available through BLAEDC.
BLAEDC also works in cooperation with other area organizations devoted to helping businesses succeed, including the Small Business Development Center, the Initiative Foundation, the Region 5 Development Commission, and many others. So if you are considering starting a business, or if you've dreamed of moving your business to the beautiful lakes area of northern Minnesota, call BLAEDC. They will connect you with the programs, opportunities, and other local support services available to help make your dream a reality.