Spring Valley launches online series to aid small businesses

Businesses in Spring Valley and southeastern Minnesota have a new online resource to help them develop strategic business plans for successful growth. 

The Small Business Development Online Series offers business resources and online learning on a variety of topics such as starting a new business, bookkeeping and payroll, onboarding and training, business essentials, and business marketing and succession planning.  Businesses choosing to participate in the Small Business Development Online Series will be able to set up an online account, and from there, select any of the various training modules to complete. Upon completion of all the learning modules, each participant will receive a certificate of completion.

“As an owner of multiple businesses, resources like the Small Business Development Online Series are crucial to implementing a successful business plan, and offer information on things such as succession planning and other aspects of owning a business that people may not have thought of,” stated Jenn Slifka owner of Chateau de Chic in Spring Valley.

The Small Business Development Online Series is the culmination of a collaboration between the Spring Valley business community, Spring Valley Economic Development Authority (EDA), Rural Entrepreneurial Ventures (REV), and Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA). 

REV members developed and administered a survey to local businesses inquiring as to what areas they felt a need existed for more business education.  Using the survey results, Cathy Enerson of CEDA, working for the EDA at the time, applied for and secured a Southeastern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) grant. These funds were used to develop an online learning solution with Rochester Community and Technical Colleges Center for Business and Workforce Education that was tailored to those specific needs.

“This project is an excellent example of multiple stakeholders collaborating in support of economic growth and development in our communities right here in southern Minnesota,” said Chris Hahn of CEDA and the current economic development director for Spring Valley.

Spring Valley businesses interested in learning more about the Small Business Development Online Series can visit the city of Spring Valley website, or contact Hahn at chris.hahn@cedausa.com or (612) 327-9729. Businesses in other communities can reach out directly to Kristi Kiehne at RCTC at Kristi.Kiehne@rctc.edu, or call (507) 529-6136, for more information.