COUNTLESS REASONS TO SAY YES
Through area financing and incentive programs, Greater Fergus Falls staff works with businesses considering a location or expansion in the region, drawing on a range of private and public financing options for eligible businesses and projects.
Greater Fergus Falls has the relationships and expertise to connect businesses with funding programs provided by local, regional and state municipalities and organizations.
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+ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LOAN
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LOAN
Eligible activities would include exterior and interior remodeling, elimination of architectural barriers to handicapped and elderly, costs of converting electrical services from above ground to below ground and energy conservation improvements.
+EXTERIOR FACADE PROGRAM
EXTERIOR FACADE PROGRAM
Eligible activities would include rehabilitation, restoration, ornamentation, and signage activities on front facades and back entrances in the City of Fergus Falls. Improvements to such things as signage, awnings, facades, windows, doors and exterior appearances are envisioned.
+INTERMEDIARY RELENDING PROGRAM
INTERMEDIARY RELENDING PROGRAM
IRP is a loan program for community development projects, new businesses, business expansion, and the creation or retention of employment. The loan limit is up to 50% of the project cost and is capped at $250,000. Interest rates vary.
+REVOLVING LOAN FUND
REVOLVING LOAN FUND
RLF funds are available for the retention, expansion or creation of businesses. To qualify, businesses must meet eligible wage goals (110% of federal poverty level.) The loan limit is up to 50% of the project cost and is capped at $200,000. Interest rates vary.
+TIF AND TAX ABATEMENT
TIF AND TAX ABATEMENT
Tax increment financing (TIF) is a method of financing real estate development costs--i.e.: to encourage developers to construct buildings or other private improvements or to pay for public improvements such as streets, sidewalks, sewer and water, and similar improvements. Click here for more information regarding tax increment financing and abatement.
+SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION LOANS
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
The SBA helps small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation's only go-to resource and voice for small business. Click here for a chart of loan programs.
+SMALL ENTERPRISE LOAN FUND
SMALL ENTERPRISE LOAN FUND
Small Enterprise Loan Fund - The Small Enterprise Loan Fund (SELF) provides loans from $1,000 to $50,000, and includes smaller loans to businesses in the manufacturing or service sectors. A small number of loans are made to retail businesses that do not compete with others in their immediate trade area.
+BUSINESS & INDUSTRY LOAN FUND
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY LOAN FUND
The Business and Industry Loan Fund is used for loans from $20,000 to $300,000. Most of the loans in this fund are given to manufacturing businesses. WCI receives funds from several sources for this loan program, and they all have different qualifying criteria for projects.
+MN DEPARTMENT OF EMPLOYMENT & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (Minnesota DEED) offers numerous financing programs designed to help companies retain jobs or create new jobs:
MINNPACE (ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS)
Across the nation, PACE financing (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is making energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy investments more attainable to commercial building owners. In Minnesota, most PACE loans are run through MinnPACE. MinnPACE is a fit for most industries including farms, commercial office buildings, nonprofit organizations (including places of worship), and multi-tenant buildings. Common investments include solar panels, HVAC systems, lighting, motors, and more.
+OTTER TAIL POWER
OTTER TAIL POWER COMPANY
From efficient technology rebates to bill credits and off-peak rates, OtterTail Power offers a variety of ways to save energy and reduce your operating costs.
If you are an artist with a business, you may be looking for capital to expand or invest in your work. One option may be a microloan from Kiva. The Kiva community provides access to 0% interest loans and a network that can help you find the financial resources you need to grow.