APEX is a private sector-led business development engine devoted to economic development in a 10-county area in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, including Itasca County. In addition to providing its regular business retention, attraction, and expansion efforts, APEX has a contract with IEDC to provide additional marketing services, and a member of its staff based in Itasca County helps to grow business across the western portion of APEX’s service area.


APEX Business Developer, Rachel Johnson works out of Duluth APEX office! 

Rachel Johnson

Phone: 1-218-740-3667


ent fund

The Entrepreneur Fund actively partners with entrepreneurs to stimulate business growth across northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. It provides strategic services and financing for new and growing businesses and has staff in five locations, including one in IEDC’s offices in Grand Rapids.




Entrepreneur Fund Sr. Business Loan Officer, Mike Korte works out of the IEDC office!

Mike Korte

Phone: 1-507-722-8247





CEDA is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit agency headquartered in Chatfield, MN. Their 30+ employees are currently serving communities, businesses, and residents throughout Greater Minnesota and Northeast Iowa. If you are part of a rural municipality in need of developing or in need of funding a community development project–or if you own a business seeking to start, expand, or relocate–CEDA can help!



CEDA Community and Business Development Specialist, Sarah Carling works in our office!

Sarah Carling

Phone: 1-218-398-6400




Other Economic Development Resources and Collaborative Partners: 


Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation

Duluth Seaway Port Authority

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce


Natural Resources Research Institute

The Northspan Group, Inc.

UMD Center for Economic Development


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