Starting or Expanding a Business in Big Stone County?

Starting or Expanding a Business in Big Stone County?

A great place to start is a call to Lisa Graphentine of Big Stone Area Growth (web link) – our county-wide economic development group!  Phone:  320-839-6155 or email: –

The County also has two community economic development authorities:

Graceville (web link), Scott Bauer at 320-748-7911 or email at

Ortonville (web link), Vicki Oakes at 320-839-6155 or


And, reminder… working from home in all rural areas of Big Stone County couldn’t be easier with our fiber-to-premise that was installed!

If you’d like to check out a few questions before contacting any of the above, here are a few great links!

MN Employment & Economic Development – Starting a Business
This link covers most questions you’d have – Frequently & Recently Asked Questions, Before You Start, Organizing a Business, Business Plans, Accounting, Business Finance Basics, Licenses and Permits, Insurance, Business Taxes, Basics for Employers, Intellectual Property, Management Basics, Business Guidebooks

MN Employment & Economic Development – Financing a Business

Minnesota Small Business Development Centers
A statewide network of Small Business Development Centers provides the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today’s competitive and ever-changing business world.  The Minnesota Small Business Development Centers are funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
We would be in the Southwest Regional Center  – To sign-up for their free assistance/consultations:  Website & Select “Request Services” located in the top right of the page.

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