Aitkin will host the Tour of Opportunities – Brainerd Dispatch

AITKIN – The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Opportunity Tour from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 in Aitkin.

The tour is an open house to show entrepreneurs the investments and rental properties available in the town of Aitkin and get resources to start their business.

“Our goal is to give people tools to start or grow their business in Aitkin,” Taylor Erickson, executive director of the Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce, said in a news release. “We know there are entrepreneurs in our area with great ideas, and we want to help turn those ideas into something profitable.”

During visiting hours, attendees must check in at the Butler Building in downtown Aitkin. There they can receive listings of available properties and learn about writing business plans, available loans and grants, and other business resources including marketing, employee training, and continuing professional development.

The Small Business Development Center will provide guidance on writing a business plan, and other economic development agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Launch 218, and the Entrepreneur Fund will have additional information available. Local agencies include Growth Innovations, the Aitkin Economic Development Authority, and several banks.

“Guests will leave the Tour with a step-by-step plan on how to open a successful business,” Erickson said. “We’ll show you how to navigate everything from planning, financing and permits to your grand opening and beyond.”

The Tour of Opportunities is presented by the Aitkin Area Chamber Economic Development Committee. Their goal is to champion the retention, expansion and attraction of chamber members and area businesses.

Virtual tours of the properties are available during the event. Resource pick-up for the tour will be at the historic Butler Building in downtown Aitkin at 301 Minnesota Ave. N. For more information or to join the tour, visit a

or contact Erickson at 218-927-2316.

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