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DETROIT LAKES — Emerging businesses and programs for small businesses were highlighted at the 2022 Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce on April 1.

The event, held at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes, featured speakers from local cities, new businesses and SCORE, a nonprofit resource for small businesses that works in cooperation with US Small Business. Administration.

“We’re trying to move that, and the Holiday Inn, of course, is being renovated, so what a great time to showcase what they’re doing,” said local chamber president Carrie Johnston.

The theme for the event was “What’s New in 22” and it promoted four businesses that were slated to open in Detroit Lakes this year.

“We’re focused on a lot of different businesses and entrepreneurship, and just growing in the region,” Johnston said. “We have SCORE here. We have new SCORE advisors here who are going to be able to help businesses here… (It’s a) free service coming to Detroit Lakes.”

One of the new businesses coming to town is Bluebird Books, slated to open on Washington Avenue next month.

Amy Erickson, owner of Bluebird Books, a new bookstore opening in Detroit Lakes, speaks to business leaders at the 2022 Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on April 1, 2022.

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“It’s my life’s dream, and if I don’t do it now, when will I?” said Amy Erickson, owner of Bluebird Books. “Detroit Lakes is the perfect place for that because we lost our only bookstore seven or eight years ago and, quite honestly, it was hard for me to imagine living in a town that didn’t have a bookstore. “

Erickson said she plans to have a cozy reading area for her customers, and while she doesn’t plan to offer coffee at the store, there are three cafes on the same block as her new store. .

Sanford Health plans to open a Sanford Health Equip location this summer in the former Snap Fitness in Detroit Lakes. The store will stock all the medical accessories a patient might need, including prostheses, hospital beds and accessories, breast pumps and supplies, and other health-related accessories.

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Jennifer Taves, marketing at Sanford Health, speaks with business leaders about Sanford Health Equip, a health accessories store coming to Detroit Lakes this summer, at the Economic Development Summit 2022, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in the Detroit Lakes on April 1, 2022.

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Jennifer Taves, marketing professional for Sanford Health, said the new initiative is a push by the healthcare provider to meet patients where they are, which may eliminate the need for Detroit Lakes patients to travel 45 minutes to Fargo for health care supplies.

“We really try to make it practical,” Taves said. “It’s not all walkers and wheelchairs, although we have plenty of them, everything you need to age comfortably in your home. We know healthcare is definitely going in that direction, which we want to do of our homes a place where we can stay longer, so we have all these supplies that make that possible.”

Bucks Mill Brewing plans to open its location on Washington Avenue this summer in Detroit Lakes. At the event, the four founders of the brewery promoted their desired partnerships with local businesses. Brewery co-founder Henry Vanoffelen said they plan to be a family-friendly venue that offers a variety of drinks, including non-alcoholic options.

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Chuck Fritz, co-founder of Bucks Mill Brewing, addresses local business leaders at the 2022 Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on May 1 April 2022.

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“Once we get started, we want to be a real community asset,” Vanoffelen said. “We are really committed to quality. We have Maltwerks (Malting Company & Premium Ingredients) in town. There is a local maltster in the industrial park who will be a major supplier for us.”

The brewery also tries to recruit local businesses to create their own branded beer through the brewery through a series of partnerships, and encourage membership in its Founders Club, which offers a lifetime of different benefits to the brewery.

The Detroit Lakes amateur baseball program was also discussed at the summit, which returns to Washington Avenue Ballpark this summer. Brandon Johnson, manager of the local amateur baseball club, said the club will donate season profits to Detroit Lakes Youth Baseball at the end of each season.

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Brandon Johnson, manager of the new Detroit Lakes Amateur Baseball Club, speaks to business leaders about the team’s upcoming season and sponsorship opportunities at the 2022 Economic Development Summit hosted by the Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce from Detroit, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on April 1, 2022.

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“Our mission is to use this nation’s hobby to actively engage our community,” Johnson said. “Off the pitch we look to volunteer and engage our community at events, but also on the pitch we will play hard and have fun and hopefully be an example of sportsmanship, teamwork and work ethic.”

SCORE, a nonprofit small business resource affiliate, also presented at the event. The organization offers free business mentoring, workshops and seminars, and various business tools and models for small businesses. Del Carver, mentor and co-chair of SCORE Mentors Fargo, said their volunteer mentors have more than 600 different areas of expertise to help small business owners answer any questions or concerns they may have during the various stages of business ownership.

“We are a national network of 250 chapters and we serve approximately 1,500 communities across the United States, and we have more than 10,000 volunteers who donate their time to help small businesses,” Carver said. “Our mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentorship and education, and our vision is to ensure that everyone has the support they need to become a successful small business.”

In addition to the businesses and resource programs showcased at the summit, leaders from the cities of Frazee and Detroit Lakes also spoke, highlighting upcoming projects each city is working on, including road projects, availability of commercial spaces and updates on facilities projects to be completed. in the years to come.