Current Projects & Upcoming Events

Virtual Business Resource One-Stop-Shop
Thursday, August 24 | LIVE Event with booth representatives from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, virtual access open through October 13th
Feeling overwhelmed by the new legislation changes, staffing, marketing and more? Let the One-Stop-Shop be your resource guide. In partnership with The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, this virtual resource will provide you with resource booths for new legislation resources, legal aid and insurance, human resource guidance, marketing for workforce attraction and workforce support.
Businesses that work within the realm of the support topic listed above will be available to answer questions. Website links will be available at each new legislation booth giving you the opportunity to learn more. 
Want to attend the Resource One-Stop-Shop to learn more? Register here as an attendee
Want to set up a booth to share how your business or organization can support businesses? Register here
Elevate Community Business Academy Informational Session
Thursday, August 10 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm 
All at the EDC Office 

Do you currently own a business or are you thinking of starting one? The Elevate Community Business Academy is a free 12-week business education course available to those who live in or serve Kandiyohi County.

Classes will go from September 11 – December 11th from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Day of the week to be determined. The class is held at Spurs in Downtown Willmar and will be taught in English.


Childcare Economic Development Grant

The EDC was awarded $200,000 from DEED for childcare creation and retention, as well as having matching funds to support this initiative. These, plus matching funds, are for existing child care and center providers and those interested in starting a child care facility, including hosting a care center or family rental site. 

Applications are currently open. You can learn about the full details of this grant on our Child Care Economic Development Landing Page 

For questions you may contact Sarah at [email protected] or at 320-235-7370.





Current Projects & Upcoming Events

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