Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission

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The Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission (AAEDC) works with entrepreneurs and small businesses to start or expand their business.

All services are completely confidential and provided free of charge.


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. Sign up!

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. Sign up!

Group video conferences that allow you to connect with rural entrepreneurs from across the country to talk shop. Each roundtable is facilitated by a trained staff member so they stay on-topic and productive. 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. Sign up!

Monthly opportunities for you to learn about key business topics from industry experts, with a focus on how to effectively sell online. Each panel session gives business owners first-hand opportunities to learn about topics like online sales, web design, social media, shipping, and more. All panel sessions provide pro-tips and include a Q&A section so you can get info relevant to your unique business. Sign up!

We’ve partnered with the Rural Ideas Network to offer 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. Sign up!

In addition, there are many classes available through the Alexandria Technical & Community College, available online at this link.

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Douglas County Businesses

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