With the new year just around the corner, we can’t help but reflect on the last year. This year was far from normal, but despite the many challenges 2020 presented, we are continually impressed by our team’s ability to find new and creative ways to serve our business community. Keep reading to see some of our biggest achievements and proudest moments of the last year.
The Entrepreneur Initiative Expanded to Support New Businesses
Greater Fergus Falls’ Entrepreneur Initiative aims to help new and early-stage entrepreneurs through free, one-on-one, confidential business coaching. Our team and expert business consultants provide support, including technical assistance, funding, marketing, and more through the Greater Fergus Falls Entrepreneur Lab.
Since its inception, GFF has helped launch 30 new businesses in Fergus Falls, resulting in 95 new jobs. The demand has increased since launching the Entrepreneur Initiative, a targeted approach to startup coaching. Additionally, the Initiative partnered with Rural Ideas Network to serve its 10-mile service area. To learn more about the Entrepreneur Initiative, visit our website.
Supporting Local Businesses Through COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Keeping our businesses up-to-date and in the know about the latest COVID-19 information, guidelines, and financial assistance has been a top priority for our team. Since March, Greater Fergus Falls has dedicated nearly 400 hours to providing direct COVID-19 support to more than 180 businesses in the community. In that time, we have collaborated with local companies to assist with the production of personal protection equipment (PPE).
In 2020, we facilitated partnerships between:
Lake Region Healthcare, Shoretex, and Excel Plastics to produce PPE like plastic face shields and other supplies needed to combat the pandemic.
Cooper’s Office Supply, Excel Plastics, and Ottertail Glass to fulfill the need for acrylic barriers during June’s safe re-opening.
Tattersall Distilling, Du Nord Craft Spirits, and Brother Justus Whiskey to provide 125 gallons of hand sanitizer to Lake Region Healthcare.