The mission of the Cook County Chamber of Commerce is to be the representative voice of county for-profit and non-profit businesses
in working to improve the county economy and to address pressing county socioeconomic issues.
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Cook County:The county is the level of government that most directly affects the majority of Cook County residents, outside of Grand Marais, the county's only incorporated town, and the self-governing reservation of the Grand Portage Band Of Lake Superior Chippewa. The county's comprehensive website can be found here: co.cook.mn.us
Cook County/Grand Marais Economic Development Authority (EDA):
The mission of the CC/GM EDA is to diversify the economy, create employment through retention and expansion of existing businesses and development of new businesses, support the development of housing and increase the tax base.The EDA website address is: prosperitynorth.com
The CCVB is an umbrella organization created to promote Cook County as a tourism destination, at which it does an excellent job. CCVB is a joint venture of the Gunflint Trail Association, the Grand Marais Area Tourism Association and the Lutsen-Tofte Tourism Association. You can find the CCVB at visitcookcounty.com
Cook County Visitors Bureau (CCVB):
Cook County Higher Education (CCHE):The mission of CCHE is "to provide local access to college education and training on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The education you need where you live." CCHE offers extensive access to post-secondary course work via distance learning and at its North Shore Campus in Grand Marais. More information about CCHE is available at its website: northshorecampus.org
Cook County Go Team documents:The Cook County Go Team was a group of 22 county residents representing all sectors of the county economy and all geographic areas. It was formed at the same time and by the same people as the Cook County Chamber. The goal defined for the Go Team was to consider ways the county economy might be encouraged to grow at a more sustained rate and in keeping with county values. With funding from Cook County, the City of Grand Marais, the EDA and Arrowhead Cooperative, the group hired The Northspan Group of Duluth, a non-profit economic development consulting group. Over a period of about two years, the Go Team did research into the county economy, surveyed county business folk and residents, and developed a set of priorities for future action. The documents listed below reflect the outcomes of the Go Team work.
An Economic Analysis of Cook County
Cook County's Prosperity Agenda
Go Team Business Survey
Go Team Community Survey
Small Business Development Center (SBDC)Cook County celebrates and supports business. The Small Business Development Center sponsored by the Center for Economic Development at the University of MN Duluth and the Cook County Grand Marais EDA , provides confidential, professional consulting to new and established businesses.
Consultants have real-world experience having worked as bankers, corporate finance specialists, national sales team leaders, manufacturing engineers, IT specialists, accountants, business owners, strategic planners, non-profit managers, and more. Register as a new client to get help with:
• Starting a Business
• Feasibility Analysis and Studies
• Market Research
• Financial Analysis
• Loan Packaging
• Record Keeping Systems
• Business Expansion
• Exit Planning
• Website Development and Analysis
• Social Media Marketing
• Software Search and Recommendations
• Export Assistance
Financial support from committed funding partners allows the SBDC to provide their services at no cost to their clients. Training seminars are also offered for free or for a nominal fee.