The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 4th annual Tour of Opportunities on Friday, May 5th. The event is an open house for entrepreneurs to work with business experts, mentors, and lenders that can help connect the dots between a great idea and a thriving business.

Our team will provide you with a step-by-step checklist to opening a successful business, along with resources to accomplish each step. Your checklist will include insight on writing a business plan, available commercial properties, applying for permits, employee retention, building renovations, marketing, loans, and more. Regional experts from The Entrepreneur Fund, The Small Business Development Center, DEED, IRRRB and more will be there and ready to help. Local agencies such as Growth Innovations, The City of Aitkin, and Aitkin County Economic Development will also be available.

The Tour of Opportunities will be Friday, May 5th from 12 pm-5 pm on the main floor of The Ripple Center (301 Minnesota Ave North). Come any time during Tour hours and meet with the experts that can help you start or grow your business.  

Economic development agencies, experts, and lenders at the event include: 

City of Aitkin

Aitkin County Economic Development Department

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Small Business Development Center

Growth Innovations

Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB)

Security State Bank

Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union

Neighborhood National Bank

Aitkin Economic Development Authority 

Innovate 218

& More

Become a Tour of Opportunity Event Partner:

We all want to see businesses boom and Aitkin grow. This is a free event designed to help new & existing entrepreneurs, but we could use your help! We are seeking the following event partners:

  • SPONSORS ($100 investment to reach more entrepreneurs – your logo will go on event materials)
  • PROPERTY OWNERS (Include your investment or rental properties, at no charge.)
  • RESOURCE PROVIDERS (Do you offer business development tools? Make yourself available to Tour-goers; there’s no charge.)


Growth Innovations

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