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Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.

Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corp.


About Us

The Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (BLAEDC) is a community-driven, non-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the area’s economic base by expanding business, building community and growing jobs in Crow Wing County.

A Board of Directors governs BLAEDC’s activities and oversees its budget, goals, and mission. Staff works together with area businesses and government leaders to:
*Foster the creation of new jobs
*Attract new industry to the region
*Assist area businesses with their growth and development needs
*Providing services for expansion, relocation, start-ups

Since 1985, BLAEDC has offered a variety of free, confidential consulting services to individuals and businesses looking to start, expand, or locate a company in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Among the services that BLAEDC offers:
*Find appropriate site locations
*Locate financial support by identifying specialized programs and determining eligibility for local, regional, state and federal programs
*Obtain technical assistance for business planning
*Connect to local governmental resources and their processes
*Promoting and marketing the region

BLAEDC actively markets Crow Wing County as Greater Minnesota’s premier business location. By establishing relationships and developing networks, BLAEDC:
*Leads initiatives with economic development strategies and related action plans for the area
*Collaborates to strategically promote and market the Brainerd Lakes Area through our vast network of partners
*Identifies unique opportunities to grow our area


  • Identifying potential sources of financing for new & expanding businesses
  • Help in finding suitable business locations and facilities
  • Assistance in coordinating business activites with local governments
  • Assistance in identifying and applying for special programs and services


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