Posts by Noelle Hagen

ALBDC Welcomes New Tenant; building now full

The Albert Lea Business Development Center (ALBDC), housed under the ALEDA umbrella, serves as a place for entrepreneurs and small business owners of Freeborn County to gain access to the resources they need; such as SCORE mentoring, financing, entrepreneur programming through the Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program (ALEAP), and incubator space.   The Albert Lea…

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ALEAP on its way to reach goals!

The Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program (ALEAP) was started in 2015 to encourage growth of entrepreneurs and small business owners in Freeborn County. Goals of 5 new businesses and 15 employees in 2 years and 10 new businesses and 40 new employees in 5 years were set in 2015. The 2-year goal was met early,…

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ALEDA Board supports community efforts to retain hospital services

On Wednesday, July 12th, the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) held their monthly board meeting. Among the items discussed, was the recent announcement by Mayo Clinic Health Systems Albert Lea and Austin to consolidate services between the two campuses. The board was given updates in regards to community meetings, the possible solutions that are…

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ALEAP works with local entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs and small business owners support our economy by offering 47.9 percent of jobs in Minnesota at over 500,000 businesses. Entrepreneurship may be a dream of many, but it’s not always an easy road. Many of our local companies started when someone had an idea and turned that idea into a successful business. Entrepreneurship has…

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Make your entrepreneur dreams come true – space available in the ALBDC

ALEDA manages the Albert Lea Business Development Center (ALBDC), a business incubator, one of the few in Minnesota which offer the entrepreneur a quality space, free business services, and professional links. The ALBDC was created in 2002 to enhance the economic development focus and assist in developing local startup business and industry. The business development…

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Industrial Parks in Albert Lea

Dedication to economic development has deep roots in our community. In the early 1950’s the first community owned industrial park in the United States was built in Albert Lea. This industrial park, located in South Albert Lea, was named Jobs Industrial Park and was built during a pilot economic development project of Jobs, Inc. (now…

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