Location and Expansion Assistance

Whether you're looking to expand an existing business, relocate from another state, or need regulatory and permitting guidance for a complex startup, expansion or relocation, our consultants have the right background, information, and connections to other state and local agencies to help turn your plans to reality.

Business Development Specialists

Our business development specialists are stationed in the Twin Cities metro area and key regions throughout the state. They work closely with companies of all types to help them locate and expand in communities throughout Minnesota.

Our clients include:

  • Companies doing business in Minnesota
  • Industry professional and trade organizations
  • Out-of-state companies considering expansion in Minnesota
  • Government agencies at all levels
  • Local development organizations

Contact our Business Development Office at 651-259-7432 or email economic.development@state.mn.us.

Find a Business Development Specialist in Your Region

Northwest Region


Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, Roseau


Kari Howe


218-766-5282 or 800-417-7736



Northeast Region


Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Cook, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Pine, St. Louis


Heather Rand


218-302-8408 or 888-345-4528



West Central Region


Becker, Benton, Clay, Crow Wing, Douglas, Grant, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pope, Sherburne, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena, Wilkin, Wright


Brad Brzezinski


218-310-7757 or 800-417-7736



Southwest Region


Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, Yellow Medicine


Lisa Hughes





Southeast Region


Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Winona


Kevin Kelleher


507-453-2926 or 888-438-5627



Twin Cities Metro Region


Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington


Jim Gromberg


651-259-7436 or 800-657-3858



Minnesota Business First Stop

Minnesota Business First Stop streamlines the development process for complex business startups, expansions or relocations that involve financing, licensing, permitting, and regulatory issues that overlap minnesota first stop logo.pngmultiple state agencies.

The Right People, the Right Answers, the Right Time

Our Business First Stop Assistance Team takes the confusion out of starting, expanding or relocating a complex business in Minnesota by helping to coordinate all state agencies that have a role in the development process.

Licensing, permitting and regulatory matters. Financial assistance. Site selection and more. The First Stop Team cuts through the thicket of state agencies, programs, and services to find the right answers and the right resources to make your project happen quickly and successfully.

We Can Help at Any Stage

We help companies at any stage of development, from new ideas to business startups to established companies with products and services ready to market. But the sooner we hear from you, the better able we are to help.

 Just complete and submit this electronic inquiry form and we'll contact you.

First Stop Team Partners

The Minnesota Business First Stop Team is managed by the Department of Employment and Economic Development and includes representatives from the following state agencies:

  • The Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources
  • The Department of Natural Resources
  • The Department of Transportation
  • The Department of Labor and Industry
  • The Department of Revenue
  • The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
  • The Department of Agriculture
  • Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board

For More Information

Contact 651-259-7463 or toll free at 855-893-2099 or e-mail firststop@state.mn.us

Download a two-page Minnesota Business First Stop Fact Sheet

Industry Specialists

Industry Specialists focus their expertise on businesses in these targeted industries and sectors. In addition to providing business consultation services, industry specialists market Minnesota as a prime location for business startups, expansions and relocations. They provide information on markets, technologies, buildings and sites, transportation and other Minnesota advantages.

Biosciences and Medical Devices

Contact Sarah Walbert at 651-259-7442 or 800-657-3858.

Wind Industry Specialist

Contact Lisa Hughes at 507-389-6779.

Data Centers Industry Specialist

Contact Jim Gromberg at 651-259-7436.