Start a Business

in Houston County, Minn.

Strong businesses create strong communities, and we want to help yours succeed! The Houston County Economic Development Authority provides professional and confidential support to regional businesses and organizations through a number of programs:


Have an idea for a new business? Is your business looking to expand? Could you utilize the support listed below? We welcome all inquiries!
For more information, please contact EDA Director Courtney Bergey at eda@co.houston.mn.us or (507) 251-9272.

FInancial Packaging

The EDA manages a Revolving Loan Fund that provides low-interest gap financing to startup and expansion projects. EDA staff can also assist in identifying other sources of funding from regional and statewide entities, such as the Department of Employment and Economic Development, 504 Corporation, and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Resources & Education

There are many business resources available: from energy-efficiency upgrades to leadership development to grant programs for job training. If your business has unmet needs or is embarking on a new project, don’t hesitate to reach out to the EDA for assistance.

Business Coaching

EDA staff are trained consultants for the Small Business Development Center, a free service to entrepreneurs. We can help with business planning, connect you to experts in the industry, and review goals for expansion. You can sign up for this service here: www.rctc.edu/workforce/smallbusiness

Regional Initiatives

In addition to helping individual businesses, the Houston County EDA is committed to community development projects that make our region a better place to live. EDA staff have spearheaded and continue to lead efforts in regional marketing, workforce development, outdoor recreation, nonprofit development, and downtown revitalization.


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Loan Guidlines & Application
Tax Abatement Guidelines & Application

Have an idea for a new business? Is your business looking to expand? Could you utilize the support listed below? We welcome all inquiries!
For more information, please contact EDA Director Courtney Bergey at eda@co.houston.mn.us or (507) 251-9272.

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FAQs for Starting a Business
Houston County Communities

New Businesses

A few brand-new businesses that have opened up in Houston County, Minnesota in the last few years.

RockFilter Distillery,
Spring Grove

Rockfilter’s tap room opened to the public in June of 2016, in downtown Spring Grove.

The Wired Rooster,
Caledonia

The coffee shop opened in June of 2015, in a historic building on Caledonia’s Main Street.

Fat Pat’s Food Truck,
Spring Grove

A father and son duo opened Fat Pat’s BBQ Truck in 2017, serving the tri-state area.

Sweet 16 Farm,
Houston

New local farm navigates agro-tourism business options: hop yard, flowers, and disc golf.


Re-located to Houston County

A selection of businesses who successfully re-located to Houston County.

Tactacam,
Caledonia

Tactacam, manufacturer of HD hunting cameras, re-located to Caledonia in 2016.

Lifestyle Media Group,
Caledonia

Lifestyle Medical Group re-located its headquarters from St. Charles to Caledonia in 2011.

LaX Fabricating,
Spring Grove

Needing to expand, LaX Fabricating successfully re-located to Spring Grove in 2008.


Business Growth

A selection of long-standing businesses in Houston County who have undergone recent growth and expansion.

Spring Grove Soda,
Spring Grove

Spring Grove Soda Pop has experienced large growth over the last five years.

Hoch Orchards,
La Crescent

In 2016, Hoch Orchards received a $15K state grant to integrate animals into its orchard system.

LaX Fabricating,
Spring Grove

LaX Fabricating is in the midst of an expansion in 2018.

Sno Pac Foods,
Caledonia

Long-standing organic frozen food company has undergone multiple expansions in recent years.