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LaunchPad Initiative Provides Resources for Local Entrepreneurs

In Bemidji’s Mayflower building downtown is the headquarters for the new business resource center called the LaunchPad. It’s designed to help people who are thinking about starting a business to do so the right way, and to support them along the way. Tuesday was the...
Posted On 11 Aug 2015

Turtle Racing Brings Tourists and Locals to Downtown Nisswa

It’s a tradition as Minnesotan as Paul Bunyan. Every Wednesday during the summer Nisswa turtles stretch their legs and help attract locals and tourists downtown in the heart of the shopping center. The turtles are placed in buckets in the center of the track before each heat....

Minnesota Ups Minimum Wage to $9/Hour

Minnesota is tied with the fifth highest state minimum wage with California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Minnesota’s minimum wage will increase again next year by $0.50/hour until it starts going up with inflation in 2018. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic...

Summer Camp Designing a Stronger Workforce

This may just look like kids having fun during the summer vacation. But it’s also a way Central Lakes College is preparing Brainerd Lakes Area kids for the possibility of a life in technical and engineering fields. With a growing demand for tech workers, CLC educators say it’s...

BLA Businesses Bouncing Back After Violent Storm

Last month’s violent storm blazed a trail from the southwestern corner of Gull Lake up threw Nisswa, downing trees and closing businesses. Cragun’s Resort lost power for about a week and saw 24 of their cabins damaged. Despite the storm the Brainerd Lakes business community...

Cragun’s & Madden’s Ready to Rejoin Summer Fun

Golf. Pontooning. Gull Lake. These summer traditions at the south end of Gull Lake have been put on hold for the last 2weeks since a violent storm uprooted summer fun However this summer Maddens says they’ll finished the summer season just short of full capacity. The storm...

Gull Lake Open For Business Heading Into The Weekend

Sunshine and tanning on Gull Lake. It’s almost business as usual for the Brainerd Lakes Area as we head into the weekend. Five days ago a violent storm rocked the Brainerd Lakes Area. And now the resorts are back on the grid. Cragun’s Resort says they’re not too far behind. Right...

Minnesota Ranks Best In Business

Minnesota isn’t a just a great state to do business, it’s the best. In a recent CNBC survey education and technology were among Minnesota’s best qualities. And here in the Brainerd Lakes Area Central Lakes College in a major contributor in both. Minnesota also...

New Business Facilities Coming To Brainerd

Construction noises can be heard throughout Brainerd. Among them include a new AutoZone and FedEx location. The AutoZone will be taking a vacant spot on the western edge of town while FedEx will be taking a nine-acre property on the south side of town. With these new businesses...

Apps That Could Replace Your Wallet

Forget your wallet? Don’t worry there are app that’ll let you complete your purchase. Both Google and Apple have apps that all users to insert their debt card information into phone to allow them another way to pay. The new tech trend is slowly starting to sweep across the...

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