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Success Stories

You may know some of these great companies who worked with us on their business plan....

A & B Manufacturing
Furniture manufacturing company A & B Furniture, formerly of Saint Cloud, is now located in Pine River’s Industrial Park. Owners Allan and Brenda Wiener, doing business as “Down to Earth Wood”.
Anchorage Inn
Owners Jeff Knuf and Larry Gavin, completed a renovation/remodel project of the inn. The EDC assisted in putting together the SBA package for this project.
Backus/Longville Small Cities
Development Program

Cass County EDC obtained a grant for $410,000.00 to be used for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Programs and Commercial Rehabilitation Programs
Backwoods Furniture
Owner Char Johnson .The EDC worked with Backwoods Furniture on their business planning, financing & securing the permits with Sylvan Township. The total project cost was $406,000 and was financed by Bremer Bank in Brainerd.
Bear Pause Theatre
Owner Kevin Larson invested nearly $2 million for the project, including financing coordinated by EDC (provided by Bank Forward and the Initiative Foundation) and a Tax Increment Financing Plan for the city of Hackensack.
CLC Community Outreach Site
The Cass County EDC helped coordinate and organize a scholarship fund for a community outreach site in Pine River. In winter 2015 a Certified Nursing Assistant class was held at the site which graduated 12 students. They will be qualified to find employment in this growing healthcare field.
Dark Cravings
Owners, Dwight Kimball and Allen Wynn Jr... Kimball sought EDC assistance with preparing cash flows and establishing a cost of goods sold for each of his revenue centers. Kimball estimates project costs of $30,000.
Cass Lake Small Cities Development Program
| Cass County EDC obtained a grant for $414,000.00 to be used for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Programs and Commercial Rehabilitation Programs.
CavCom, Inc.,
Owners Jeff and Barb Morrill work with the EDC to move their business from a home location to the Walker Industrial Park.  The recieved a JOBZ designation and financing through First National Bank of Walker and others with EDC assistance.  In 2013, Jeff was named "Minnesota Encore Entrpreneur of the Year," after being nominated by the EDC.
Cedarwood Floral
Owner Amy Ringler sought EDC assistance in obtaining an assumed name & federal ID number, estimating profit, determining product cost and cash flow projections. With a capital investment of $30,000. Financing was through Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union.
Chase on the Lake Chase on the Lake Hotel and Condominiums
Steven C Olson of Leisure Hotels & Resorts. The project represents a capital investment of $30 million. The EDC worked on the project with this business for over two and one half years. DEED is providing $673,700 to the City of Walker for redevelopment of the adjacent city parking lot. The EDC coordinated the grant with DEED, Steven C Olson and the City of Walker.
Deep Portage Learning Center
Vice President/Secretary Dale Yerger & Norm Moody. The EDC assisted Deep Portage by finding the $136,000 DEED grant to purchase the $305,000 unit.
Double A Automotive
Owner Terry Aleckson reported that "The EDC was very informative and easy to work with”.
Eveland’s Inc.
The project cost totaled approximately $1.9 million. The EDC helped the City of Backus obtain grant funds from the Minnesota Investment Fund which was loaned to Eveland’s Inc. to purchase the equipment for the new facility. Financing was provided by the First National Bank of Walker in Backus and the Initiative Foundation.
Gintech Tool, Inc
DOwner Dan Gindele used the assistance of the Cass County EDC when he expanded his business this spring. The financing came from Woodland Bank with a revolving loan from Lake Country Power, which was arranged by the EDC. "They got right on it. Moved fast,"
The Green Scene - Fresh Organic Produce, Market & Deli - Walker, Minnesota
Owner Erin Andrus. The Cass County EDC assisted with start-up assistance and financial and permitting questions. Erin also used the Small Cities Development Grant for building rehab. Green Scene opened their doors on June 1st, 2011
Hackensack/Walker Small Cities
Development Program

Cass County EDC obtained a grant for $592,250.00 to be used for Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Programs and Commercial Rehabilitation Programs.
Hackensack Senior Class
Facility owners Jim and Linda Johnson invested $3.49 million for the project. The EDC coordinated financing of the project, with funding provided by the First National Bank of Walker as the lead bank, Minnesota Business Finance Corporation, Initiative Foundation, NCEDA, a $250,000 grant for the MN Department of Human Services and approval of a Tax Increment Financing plan by the City of Hackensack.
Hillcrest Assisted Living
Melanie Burns asked the EDC for assistance in securing financing for their expansion project. They received funding from the Security Bank of Bemidji and two gap loans to help with their expansion. They will be opening Hillcrest Assisted Living in Walker and will create 7-10 new jobs.

“There has been one job created for every $1,626 invested in the EDC - much less than the cost of unemployment!”
- 60 new businesses and 697 new jobs!.
“The assistance that we received from Cass County EDC was phenomenal.”
- Michael Schwartzwald,
GuidePoint Pharmacy #109, Longville
“The EDC knows what they are doing. The EDC keeps people on track and focused on the project.”
- Jarrod Mankie,
Northern Peace Funeral Home, Walker
“The EDC is always doing what they can to keep small business moving forward... not only listens but hears!!”
- Nick Newman,
Ridgeline Manufacturing LLC, Pillager
“Working with the EDC was a great experience!”
- Paula Rocheleau,
Riverside Assisted Living Pillager
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