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City Business News



October 9, 2019

Welcome to our business community
It’s been another busy week of businesses new to Rosemount. On Monday, Sport Clips Haircuts opened in the new retail building near Arby’s south of County Road 42. The next day, Jersey Mike’s Subs cut the ribbon for its new location in the same building. Still to come:
  • Thursday, October 10: ribbon cutting at The Meeting Point, a new events center at 14537 Dodd Boulevard – starts at 4 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18: ribbon cutting for Heather Ann Photography, 2990 145th Street West – starts at 11 a.m.
Attend a metals expo for free
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is offering free registration to manufacturers who would like to attend the FABTECH Expo in Chicago next month. It’s the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in North America, with nearly 50,000 attendees. Learn more and register at fabtechexpo.com, promo code 16112390.

Next week is Twin Cities Startup Week
Mn DEED invites entrepreneurs to attend an open house on Monday as part of Twin Cities Startup Week, which begins today. You can learn about Launch Minnesota, a new initiative to accelerate the growth of innovative tech startups. DEED will also share details of loan, assistance, and internship programs. The open house is 9 a.m. to noon at the First National Bank building, 332 Minnesota Street, St. Paul. Learn more at twincitiesstartupweek.com.



September 18, 2019


City’s preliminary budget set
The Rosemount City Council last night approved a preliminary budget for 2020. It includes a 4.99% increase in the City’s operating budget. The median-valued home in Rosemount is $295,900; taxes will increase on that home by $56 for the year because of the growth in home values. The final budget will be approved in December. [Learn more at www.ci.rosemount.mn.us/budget.]

Follow Rosemount’s economic development on Instagram
The City has opened an Instagram account to share photos and concept drawings about new and expanded businesses in the community. Follow us at www.instagram.com/developrosemount

Three Rosemount sites are shovel-ready
This summer the City worked with Xcel Energy’s site certification process to attract prospective development. Three sites were inspected by a consultant and are now “shovel-ready” for business park and light industrial development. One parcel is in the Business Park and two more are on UMore property. [See details.]

September is Workforce Development Month
The Governor has proclaimed September as Workforce Development Month in Minnesota. State employment reached 3.1 million this summer but nearly 137,000 openings have not been filled. [Read more about the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development’s efforts.]

Rosemount is always Open To Business
The Rosemount Port Authority continues to support the free counseling service, Open To Business. Small business owners hoping to expand, or entrepreneurs with an idea for a new firm, can consult with expert advice on planning, marketing, and financing. Call for an appointment: 952-484-3107.


August 14, 2019

City welcomes our first Economic Development Coordinator
Eric Van Oss joined the Rosemount Community Development Department last week as its new Economic Development Coordinator. Eric will be leading business expansion and retention efforts for the City. This will include marketing Rosemount as a premier location for business relocation and growth in the Twin Cities. Eric will also conduct one-on-one visits with owners or managers of Rosemount businesses each year to both understand their needs and identify opportunities to help individual businesses stay and grow in the community.

Eric has a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota as well as a bachelor’s in economics and politics from Claremont McKenna College in California. He recently worked as a Planning and Permitting Manager for WD Partners and has held positions with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and the State of Alaska. Please help us welcome him to Rosemount.

Business growth
In the past month, Rosemount has celebrated the ribbon cutting for Udder Tech, groundbreakings for CA Gear and Wexford Place, and the grand opening for Pellicci Ace Hardware.
 
Growth is good ... and hard
A growing business is usually the goal, but growth can present a number of challenges, including:

  • Adding and managing employees
  • Keeping up with inventory and production demands
  • Managing the cash flow challenges of growing receivables.
Open to Business can help. Our team of free, confidential nonprofit business advisors works one-on-one with entrepreneurs to create a personalized plan for future growth. Get more information and a free appointment: www.opentobusinessmn.org. Funded in part by the Rosemount Port Authority.



July 19, 2019

Council approves new business location
The City Council Tuesday night approved plans for eight business park lots on 15 acres off Biscayne Avenue. Appro Development will develop the lots, including an 18,000-square-foot spec building that could open this fall. The site will be suitable for office, manufacturing, and warehouse development for smaller businesses.

Minnesota businesses expect stable conditions next year
A survey by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Federal Reserve of Minneapolis indicates optimism for business conditions next year. Eight-six percent of respondents said they expect their sales revenue to increase or remain constant in 2020.

June 20, 2019

Help for new business construction
More construction projects for businesses may be eligible for help under the state’s clean energy financing program. The Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program was originally open for retrofits. The new state budget expands PACE to new construction. Learn more in this news story.

Best employers represented in Rosemount
Several employers based in Rosemount or with operations here have been listed in Forbes magazine’s America’s Best Employers ranking. They include Kwik Trip, the University of Minnesota, ISD 196, Protolabs, Fairview Health, USPS, ALDI, Caribou Coffee, Koch Industries, and Supervalu.

Advice for your business vision
There are many local resources to help new or existing small businesses. As always, the City takes part in Open to Business, which offers free counseling on planning, budgeting, and financing for entrepreneurs. Call them at 952-484-3107.

And the Dakota County Library System offers free and engaging classes to support the growth of success of any business endeavor. Learn more at the library website.

May 15, 2019

Hiring vets
Lee Okerstrom is the new CareerForce Veterans Employment Rep for the area. If you’re interested in hiring Vets - he’s the person to talk to. Reach him at (651) 539-4119 or lee.okerstrom@state.mn.us.

Additionally, you can find a plethora of information about hiring Veterans at https://mn.gov/deed/job-seekers/veteran-services/hire-a-veteran/ . Content includes: hire a veteran in three easy steps; why hire a vet; hiring incentives and tax credits; employer responsibilities.

April 3, 2019

Recruit employees at DCTC
Dakota County Technical College provides a one-stop shop for employers to share opportunities with students and alumni. Sign up at http://www.collegecentral.com/msch. Once your registration is approved by the Career Services Center, you can immediately post openings, and applicants will be assured the process is safe. [Learn more about this free program.]

January 9, 2019

The latest on Thriving in the North
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has updated its promotional magazine, Thriving in the North, to highlight expansion opportunities and the culture of innovation in the state. See the new issue online or request a printed copy.

December 12, 2018


Council commendation 
Mayor Droste presented the City Council’s commendation to Lisa Franxman and Michele Selig representing Merchants Bank Rosemount, which was nominated for a Business Excellence Award from the Dakota County Regional Chamber.

Environmental solutions For Minnesota businesses
The Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) is proud to announce publication of the 2018 Solutions. This annual report highlights the results from our summer internship program.  This year our group of talented and industrious interns identified environmental reductions that could save their companies $1.5 million annually. Results translate into real environmental impacts equivalent to the energy used to power almost 600 Minnesota homes, the water used by 1,700 Minneapolis residents, and waste equal to the weight of approximately six Metro Transit light rail cars. 

Your company could be eligible to take part this summer. Learn more online.

November 7, 2018


New guide to hiring disabled veterans available
With record low unemployment, more and more employers are feeling the labor force crunch, but one group of job seekers may be overlooked – disabled veterans. To raise employer awareness of this labor source and lower perceived barriers to hiring disabled veterans, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has released their 2018 hiring guide. [Download the guide.]

October 24, 2018


Can we visit you?
The City of Rosemount is reaching out to local businesses through a program of visits to hear views and discuss City programs that can help. Members of the Rosemount Port Authority are joined by Community Development staff to talk with business operators. The visits are underway, and we invite you to invite us. Call 651-322-2051 to set up a one-hour visit at your location during a time convenient to you. The visits are part of the City’s economic development communications strategy that includes this email, news articles, and the City website.

Business growth 
City Council members joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of Sentinel Assurance Group, an independent insurance agent on 145th Street in Downtown Rosemount. City Council members joined the Dakota County Regional Chamber to celebrate the tenth anniversary of AccTech LLC, offering accounting and technology consulting from the mall in Downtown Rosemount.

Events

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies

Welcome New Businesses! 

The City strives to welcome all new businesses with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Get your picture taken cutting the official ribbon and receive a plaque from the mayor welcoming you to the City of Rosemount. Specially invited to the event are City Council members, Port Authority members, Rosemount Business Council members, the Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and area newspapers.

If you have a new business and would like to schedule a ribbon cutting, please call (651) 322-2051.
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