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This page will feature news, information and updates about economic development and livability here in Freeborn County. We will also feature links and resources to help local business grow and expand our local economy.

Attracting, Growing, and Retaining Businesses

March 6, 2017

The Albert Lea Economic Development Agency, known as ALEDA, is an organization dedicated to the economic development and business climate improvement of our community. In 2016, we responded to over 50 projects with 28% of them moving forward in some form or fashion. Our organization responds to many projects throughout the year from companies inside…

Registration open for LEAP U: Marketing

February 8, 2017

ALEAP, in partnership with Riverland Community College, is offering a 3-night course for small business owners and entrepreneurs. The course will focus on three marketing topics; The Marketing Bridge, Digital Literacy, and Unique Selling Proposition. The course dates are March 20th, 22nd, and 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Riverland’s Albert Lea Campus.  The…

New Year, New ALEAP

January 17, 2017

The beginning of a new year often involves resolving to change different habits to have a happier, healthier, and more successful year. The ALEAP team would like to make a commitment to the ALEAP participants to have an exciting year filled with education opportunities and meaningful connections. They will begin that commitment by asking for…

ALBDC Welcomes New Tenant, Graduates Another

January 17, 2017

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.   Recently, Granicrete Minnesota, owned…

Take Your Business Dreams to the Next Level in 2017

January 13, 2017

If your New Year’s Resolution is to start your own business, grow your business, or gain new skills as a small business owner then we can help you. The Albert Lea Economic Development Agency serves as a resource to Albert Lea and Freeborn County business owners. We can help you connect with the resources you…

ALEAP U – Upcoming Training Course

December 16, 2016

Creating a business plan is the first step toward success in your business venture. Gain the knowledge and tools you need with ALEAP U and Riverland’s five night course, “Planning for Success: Writing Your Business Plan.” Instructor Bryan Stading will focus on Success Planning, Market Planning, Operations Planning, Cash Flow Planning, and Presentation Skills. Bryan…

ALEAP Hosts Topic Night at Edgewater Pavilion

December 12, 2016

Topic Night is a time to come together with other entrepreneurs and share ideas. ALEAP participants had the chance to vote for the topic of the night prior to the event and Guerilla Marketing was chosen. The special guest facilitator is a marketing professional from a Fortune 500 company who will be leading the discussion…

ALEAP Partners with Local Financial Experts for Financial Panel Event

November 14, 2016

This quarter’s ALEAP panel event features local financial experts willing to share their expertise on banking, accounting and retirement planning with our local entrepreneurs and small business owners.  The panelist will be Daniel Otten of Farmers State Bank, Heather Benda of Hill, Larson, Walth, and Benda, P.A. and Alex Johnston of Edward Jones.  The event…

City Leaders Discuss Economic Development Strategy

August 12, 2016

Mayor Vern Rasmussen, Councilor Al Brooks, City Manager Chad Adams and Assistant City Manager Gabrielatos participated in a three-hour strategy session with the Albert Lea Economic Development Agency Board on Wednesday. The wide-ranging discussion focused on how to increase the community’s tax base, asset-mapping and what industries to target based on those assets. “It was…

ALEDA is Your Small Business Resource

August 4, 2016

Building Freeborn County’s small business community is ALEDA’s commitment to you.  Our programs are comprehensive and are designed to build and support our local businesses from start-up entrepreneur to seasoned business.  A few programs we would like to note are: ALBERT LEA ENTREPRENEUR ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM (ALEAP) The Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program (ALEAP) was created…