Wednesday, September 24, 2008

New free service helps businesses solve problems

excerpted from Alexandria Echo Press, 9-24-08

BusinessConnection--a new business assistance and referral network--is being tested in Alexandria and three other Minnesota cities before launching statewide next year.

Business Connections is a joint project of Grow Minnesota!, a subsidiary of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and DEED.

"Start-up and established businesses continually are seeking information important to their operations, and the answers are not always easy to track down," said Coni McKay, executive director fo the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. "BusinessConnection has tremendous value to get complete answers quickly. It is a one-stop resource. And the service is free to anyone."

Business Connection is currently open to all area businesses and can be reached toll-free by calling 1-888-MINN-BIZ (646-6249). In January, the operation will also be available via the Web site:

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