Existing Businesses

Strong Businesses

Strong businesses create strong economies, and we want to help yours succeed! If you are a business currently operating outside of Lake City, and are looking to relocate or expand into the community, the Lake City Port Authority is here to help.

Ways We Can Help

  • Business Finance Evaluation
  • Price Evaluations & Adjustments
  • Marketing Assistance
  • Demographic & Market Information
  • Resource Connection
  • One-on-one Business Training
  • Workforce Development
  • Succession Planning
  • Expansion Site Selection
  • Business Loans

Reach out to our business specialist, Ben Strand at bstrand@ci.lake-city.mn.us for more information!

Upcoming Business Trainings & Events

Commercial Rehab

The Southeastern Minnesota Multi-County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (SEMMCHRA) has funda available through the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) to assist commercial property owners with building rehab projects. These funds can be used to improve the front façade, increase energy efficiency, improve accessibility and address code-related issues. Only businesses in a dedicated geographic area can apply; any business located within the red boundaries on the map to the left are eligible for assistance.
Commercial Rehab
$40,000 Maximum SCDP Assistance
5-Year SCDP Deferred Loan/Grant 65%
Low-Interest SCDP Loan 15%
Owner Match 20%
For more information, contact the grant administrator Sara Fuher at (651) 565-2638 ext. 221 or sara.fuher@semmchra.org.

Christmas by the Lake: Storefront Decorating Contest

Congratulations to our 2023 winner, Lakeshore Real Estate & Lakeshore Agency Inc! Stay tuned for more information on Christmas by the Lake 2024.

Distributing Business Information

Looking to mail out information to the commuinty to rasie awareness for your business? Lake City has two options for you!
Lake City Shopper Insert
You can create and distribute ads as inserts in the Lake City Shopper. Prices may vary based on how many households you are distributing to. Reach out to the Lake City Graphic & Shopper staff for more information!
USPS Every Door Direct Mail
You can create and distribute ads through the U.S. Postal Service. Prices may vary based on how many households you are distributing to. Visit our local post office or visit usps.com for more information!

Additional Resources

Business Groups & Resources
Chamber of Commerce
Shops of Lake City Group
Small Business Development Center
Business Trainings
Community & Economic Development Associates
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Red Wing Ignite
SCORE Mentors
U.S. Small Business Administration
Business Loans
Community & Economic Development Associates
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
Goodhue County EDA