Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission
We are the economic development arm of Douglas County that focuses on business growth and retention. We work with local community partners and businesses to ensure opportunity and prosperity for our region.
These services are available thanks to a partnership with the Rural Ideas Network, a national nonprofit that helps spark growth in rural communities.
TOOLS & RESOURCES
This coaching service is for entrepreneurs who have a business idea and are ready to take the next steps to get it started. Our startup coaches, all experienced entrepreneurs, work 1-on-1 with you to move you from concept to open for business.
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT COACHING
Ever wish you had an experienced business person to help you think about your business, answer questions, and help you remain accountable to the goals you set? Now you have a whole team of them!
Our 1-on-1 business management coaching helps new and established ventures overcome common growth obstacles, develop effective strategies, identify new income opportunities, and stay focused on success.
PEER LEARNING ROUNDTABLES
Online video discussions that allow you to connect with rural business owners from across the country to talk shop. Each roundtable is facilitated and focuses on topics important to business owners. Learn about new tools, resources, and strategies that are helping other businesses grow, build your professional network, and find inspiration for your next big success.
EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSIONS
Online video discussions to help you learn about key business topics from industry experts. Each panel session gives business owners first-hand opportunities to learn about key business topics from experienced professionals. All panel sessions include a Q&A section so you can get info relevant to you.
Our partner, the Rural Ideas Network, has a growing selection of technical assistance classes that help small business owners manage and grow their business. These experiences are all about "doing" and are built to help the busy business owner get things done quickly and easily. The featured class right now is a 2-day Website Bootcamp.
These services are possible through a partnership with the Rural Ideas Network. Learn about the network here >