October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month and we want to provide you with some helpful tips to safeguard yourself and public resources.

Phishing: Recognize it – don’t click the bait! – and report it

Phishing is a technique that scammers, hackers, and malicious entities use to gain access to information that they shouldn’t have. Often times, a phishing attack presents itself as a message in your inbox, prompting you to click on a link or open an attachment. Don’t select a suspicious link or open a suspicious attachment. In particular, as a vendor registered with the State of Minnesota, such phishing attempts may be aimed at procurement scams that threaten financial loss for your firm and/or the state.

Always remember:

• Do not click on any hyperlinks from a suspicious email
• Confirm questionable emails by contacting the named agency
• Validate State of Minnesota emails and phone numbers by clicking on the link below.

Click here for the Minnesota Government White Pages Directory.

News from the ECRDC

Partners in East Central MN:

The results of the online survey of the region’s businesses recently conducted by Ron Wirtz of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are in. This survey was conducted about 2-3 weeks back and received 120 responses. Ron’s summary comments are quite interesting.

Many thanks to all that took the time to completed the survey for him.

Click here for the Federal Reserve Survey Results.

Click here for Ron Wirtz’s summary.

2018 County Profiles were recently published by Luke Greiner, our Regional Analyst with the MN Department of Employment & Economic Development (DEED). Copies of all Minnesota county profiles are posted on the website: http://www.ecrdc.org/.

With any questions, please contact Luke Greiner directly – his contact information is at the bottom of the reports.

Click here for the Isanti County Profile.

Isanti County Broadband Initiative

Access to high speed internet is critically important to businesses and households in today’s economy. Residents in Cambridge, Isanti and Braham typically have good options. However, slow, unreliable and expensive internet service options in rural areas create challenges for farmers, rural businesses, students and people who would like to telecommute or need to communicate with the office after hours.

In response to concerns expressed by rural residents and townships, the Isanti County Economic Development Authority formed a High-Speed Internet Task Force in November 2016 and received funding from the Blandin and Initiative Foundations in 2017 to better understand the issue and begin finding solutions.

At the September Chamber Luncheon, Janna King with Economic Development Services, Inc. and Kevin VanHooser, County Administrator, shared findings from a county wide survey completed in 2017 and brought us up to date on the county’s effort to address this important issue.

Click here to view the Isanti County Broadband Initiative PDF.

Upscale Office Space for Lease on Highway 65 in East Bethel

Upscale Office Space for Lease on Highway 65 in East Bethel (23847 Johnson Street NE)

–          $1,500 / 900 Sq. Ft of office space available

–          Additional 1,200 Sq. Ft of common area which includes break room and conference room

–          4 private offices plus reception area

–          Window in every office

–          Solid maple trim and doors throughout entire building

–          10 ft ceilings

–          Signage available on Highway 65

–          Available December 1st 2018

Tenant pays:
Gas, Electric and Phone

Owner pays:

Snow and lawn care, garbage, water, sewer and building maintenance


Gregory J. Gorman, AIF®

Registered Representative

Highland Money Management Inc.
23847 Johnson St. NE Suite # 2

East Bethel, MN 55005
Phone: (763) 444-0312
Fax: (763) 213-0602

2018 Race the Rum Winners Announced

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Race the Rum winners!

1 Mile run/walk:
1st place: Hunter Jacobson, 5:10
2nd place: Brennan Kafer, 5:20
3rd place: Andrina Gross, 6:19

5K Male Division:
1st place: Zander Gallmeier, 19:57
2nd place: Paul Zanol, 20:25
3rd place: Jesse Haugen, 20:58

5K Female Division:
1st place: Rachel Baar, 20:56
2nd place: Jennifer Sjoberg, 21:27
3nd place: Angie Nelson, 21:41

Costume Contest:
Best Individual Costume: Roger Adamczak
Best Group Costume: Callie Bremer, Mercedes Fuhol, Kendra Graham, Mikayla Kafer

CMJTS - Connecting you with Workforce Development Resources

At our March Chamber Luncheon, Rebecca Perrotti, Business Services Coordinator with Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services, gave us a presentation to help us understand and know how to access the business resources and training options available through CMJTS and the Minnesota Workforce Center System. We heard about work-based training programs, referrals for open positions, and HR networking groups that can benefit our bottom line.
Get a PDF of the presentation here.
Resource Links
Economic Development Region 7E Profile: https://mn.gov/deed/assets/rp_edr7e_2017_tcm1045-133246.pdf
Data Tools: https://mn.gov/deed/data/data-tools/
Wage Analysis and Data Assistance: Luke Greiner – luke.greiner@state.mn.us
Occupation information, position description information, job outlook and related:https://www.onetonline.org/
Job posting and candidate searching: www.Minnesotaworks.net

Updated for 2018: Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota in ‘Minnesota Blue’

The 2018 edition of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” is now available from DEED’s Small Business Assistance Office.

This popular guide – now in its 36th edition and free of charge – summarizes the major issues faced by anyone starting a business in Minnesota.

The 2018 edition of the guide contains in-depth information that is crucial to business success, yet too costly for many small-business owners to obtain on their own. It covers a wide variety of topics, from basic process questions to far more complex regulatory, financial, managerial and business-structure questions.

The guide also includes information on an array of programs and initiatives that support small business growth and help entrepreneurs increase opportunities for success.

How to Get a Copy 

Free copies of “A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota” can be obtained in hard copy or on CD-ROM from the Small Business Assistance Office, First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite E-200, St. Paul, MN 55101-1351. Phone 651-259-7476 or 1-800 310-8323. The guide can also be found on the DEED website.

MN Business Tax Education Partnership Seminar

The Minnesota Business Tax Education Partnership is holding a seminar in Stillwater, Minnesota for employers and their representatives who are interested in information on state and federal employment taxes and other employer responsibilities. The seminar will be presented by experts from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Minnesota Unemployment Insurance Program, the United States Department of Labor, and Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Insurers Association.

Seminar content will include information on:

  • Worker status (independent contractor vs employee)
  • Employment Tax basics (withholding, depositing and reporting)
  • Unemployment Insurance (tax rates, wage reporting, benefit account issues)
  • Federal Labor Standards (wage and hour)
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance (requirements)

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082

Fee: No fee

Register: Advanced registration is required. Click here to register.