We’ve been thrilled with the response across Washington County to Open to Business (OTB) – our collaboration with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) to help small and growing businesses secure access to free technical assistance and critical loans to help them flourish. A recent poll of OTB clients done by Minnesota Management and Budget showed that 91% of those who sought assistance in the last year were satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the assistance they received, and 96% were likely or somewhat likely to recommend OTB services to other business owners.

The Country Messenger recently highlighted one recent success story involving the Marine General Store, in Marine-on-St.-Croix. We’re pleased to have been able to provide assistance to this valuable community asset. Please click here for the full story – and thanks to the Country Messenger for helping to spread the good news!

More information on the OTB program, and how it can help your business, can be found here.

(photo credit: Suzanne Lindgren/Country Messenger)

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