The Low~Down!
Featured City:

Harris is located on Interstate 35 and is a small town with a lot of potential.
The City of Harris is often described less by boundaries on a map than by the sense of shared values the residents hold dear. Small town values, guided growth, preservation of historical, cultural, and natural heritage are just a few of the core principles that makes City of Harris a wonderful place.

This small town has a very friendly atmosphere with urban and rural options. Less than 4 miles from all necessary amenities such as education, shopping & restaurants. There are opportunities for residential and business growth in the community. 

Visit the City of Harris's website to learn more!
Manufacturer of the Month!

Happy 60th anniversary to Plastic Products Corporation, Inc - Lindstrom MN. They are a premier custom injection molder and contract manufacturer with plants in several states. Their vision is to to provide customers with the best possible Plastic Products by constantly improving their processes and techniques. The upper left photo is the original building from startup (1957) and the photo below is the same building but now has been converted into the Headquarters for Plastic Products Corporation.

View Short Article about the history of Plastic Products Corporation, Inc. here.
To learn more about Plastic Products Corporation, visit their website.
Congratulations Sunrise Flour Mill!

The Chisago County HRA- EDA had the pleasure of nominating Darrold and Martha Glanville, owners of Sunrise Flour Mill in North Branch, MN, as SBA Encore Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2022. We found out in April that they had been the selected winners out of about 50 other submissions throughout the state and they celebrated this award on May 6th at their facility in North Branch. These retirees have really made a splash in our community and are known throughout the US for their unique and easy to digest products. Congratulations, Glanville's!

To read more about the SBA award read the full press release.
To learn more about Sunrise Flour Mill and products they offer, visit their website.

Photo Credit (Left to Right)
Nancy Hoffman - Executive director,
Chisago County HRA-EDA
Brian McDonald - Director MN SBA
Martha Glanville - Founder
Darrold Glanville - Founder
Bruce Strong - MN SBDC State Director
New Lindstrom Downtown Study Completed
Lindstrom continues to be recognized as a desirable place to live and visit. The City’s downtown is a key element. The community’s character did not occur by accident but through thoughtful planning and the intentional actions of its leaders, staff, businesses, residents, and volunteers. The Downtown Design Study was undertaken to guide future public and private redevelopment, improvements, and investments. The study considered the following range of issues:
  • Redevelopment strategies
  • Streetscape enhancements
  • Wayfinding
  • Bike and pedestrian networks
  • Parking needs
  • Stormwater management
Click the photo above to access the full Downtown Study.
New Program for Single Family Housing Repair Loans and Grants

What does this program do?
Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, it provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve, or modernize their homes, or provides grants to elderly, very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.

Read more on this program.
Small Business services for every stage....

The Chisago County HRA-EDA is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) satellite office. We provide free and confidential consulting services to businesses and those thinking of going into business. Services provided include: access to capital and loan packaging; financial analysis and assessment; cash flow management; business plan development; general marketing; start up assistance; expansion assistance and relocation assistance.

Click here for more information on the no-cost program and if you are interested in receiving consulting services, sign up here.

Issue: May 16, 2022