Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.
Serving the citizens of Koochiching County and the cities of Bigfalls, International Falls, Littlefork, Northome, Ranier and surrounding region.

Business Development

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Koochiching Economic Development Authority is a satellite office that serves Koochiching and Northern St. Louis Counties for the Small Business Development Center of Northeastern Minnesota. We provide a wide array of confidential FREE one-on-one consulting to assist entrepreneurs and businesses to grow and succeed in areas such as:

  • Starting a Business
  • Feasibility analysis and studies
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Financial analysis
  • Loan packaging
  • Recordkeeping systems
  • Business expansion
  • Succession planning
  • E-commerce
  • Website development and analysis
  • Software search and recommendations
  • QuickBooks Training
  • LegalCORPS
  • Export Assistance

Make the choice to call on the SBDC. It’s an investment that’s well worth your time and could put you on a path to greater success than you ever thought possible.

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Contact Information

Koochiching Economic Development Authority
Small Business Development Center
405 3rd Street
International Falls, MN 56649

Jenny Herman
(218) 283-8585

Additional resources can be found on the University of MN Center for Economic Development website, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) website, and on the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website.

International Falls Economic Development Authority (EDA)

The International Falls Economic Development Authority (EDA) is available to assist those who are expanding or starting a business, or exploring a community development project within the City of International Falls. The EDA has various economic development tools, including experienced planning, development, and public works professionals who will help you get the job done. From finance strategies, to wetland mitigation and permitting, the EDA and city team are committed to assisting you to ensure your development experience in International Falls is efficient, professional, and results -oriented.

For information, please contact:
Ken Anderson
City Administrator
International Falls Economic Development Authority
City Hall
600 4th Street
International Falls, MN 56649
Phone: (218) 283-7983

Koochiching Economic Development Authority

The Koochiching Economic Development Authority (KEDA) is the development agency for Koochiching County in Minnesota’s great North Country. Economic development is about jobs and the KEDA was created to be the point-of-contact to assist and simplify the process of locating a business in Koochiching County or expanding an existing business. The KEDA can assist with site selection and development, finance and incentive options working with other economic development agencies, as well as act as a liaison between the various local units of government to handle all of the details of development.

Koochiching County has multitudes to offer you, your business and your family!

  • Three business parks in three communities are ready for development with high-speed telecommunications in place including T-1, DSL, cable, and wireless options.
  • The development of a Foreign Trade Zone that can provide duty and logistics benefits for companies importing products into the U.S. The FTZ is located south of the Port of Ranier, the busiest rail port in North America.
  • A commitment and investment in infrastructure necessary to conduct business in the 21st century.
  • The average cost of living is lower, getting more for your housing, utility, and taxation dollars, while the quality of living is high.
  • A quality educational system including Rainy River Community College provides a committed and adaptable work force.
  • An abundant variety of recreational opportunities in four distinct seasons.
  • A full service airport with daily scheduled commercial flights to Minneapolis and a first-rate highway system provide access.

Koochiching Economic Development Authority
Paul Nevanen
405 3rd Street
P.O. Box 138,
International Falls, MN 56649

Phone: (218) 283-8585 or 1-800-452-3569
Fax: (218) 283-4688

The Entrepreneur Fund


The Entrepreneur Fund is the resource for entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Since 1989, the Entrepreneur Fund has fueled more than 12,000 entrepreneurs with strategic support, resulting in the start or expansion of over 1,300 businesses across the region.

In addition, the Entrepreneur Fund has approved more than 850 loans totaling over $17 million to entrepreneurs to make their opportunity a reality. By offering creative lending options the Entrepreneur Fund gives entrepreneurs the power to do more.

The Entrepreneur Fund:

  • Accelerates business growth with strategic support
  • Fuels success through creative financing
  • Catalyzes a culture of entrepreneurship in the region

For more information on the Entrepreneur Fund, call 218-623-5747 or visit

Business Advisement

Our Business Advisors passion is in partnering with entrepreneurs to reach desired achievements and to address your specific challenges. This team comes with a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, access to critical networks, strategic thinking, and pragmatic tools.

To set up an initial phone call, call 218-623-5747 or visit

Be Strategic: Grow Your Business

Are You a Business Owner Ready For Growth?
Be Strategic: Grow Your Business is a highly successful acceleration program for established entrepreneurs looking for improved performance and strategies to increase revenue.

You’ll leave the eight-session series with a:

  • Long-term strategic plan
  • Improved marketing, finance and management skills
  • Network of business peers
  • Growth mindset and the confidence to address challenges
  • Team of experts to advise and coach you

Limited enrollment Only ten non-competing businesses selected for each session.

Grand Rapids – Starts October 2014
Virginia – Starts January 2015

Accelerate Your Success – Call Today
Entrepreneur Fund, 218-623-5747;

The Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards