Martin County EDA

Community Organization in Fairmont, MN

In 2007, the Martin County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) partnered with the Regional Center for Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF), a non-profit entrepreneur and business development organization to develop, brand, and implement an economic development program called IGNITE. The mission is to Inspire Growth and Nurture Innovative Talent through Empowerment, which mirrors the unique and established RCEF business model. The IGNITE program was put in place to provide individuals, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses in Martin County with the resources, support, and inspiration they need to prosper in the competitive marketplace. All the IGNITE services are confidential and of not cost to the client. Some of the business consulting services provided are business plan writing and development, feasibility assessments, start-up and expansion assistance, sales and marketing, market research, financial analysis, and strategic planning.


The mission of the Martin County Economic Development Authority is to Inspire Growth and Nurture Innovative Talent through Empowerment (IGNITE).


IGNITE strives to facilitate, support, and encourage entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing business owners with their ideas working from the bottom up to grow and sustain our vibrant community for the future.


The core values listed below shape and guide the actions we undertake every day.

  • Integrity – we demonstrate the highest level of ethics and honesty in all we do.
  • Innovative – we stay on the cutting edge of industry trends and information to pass to our clients.
  • Caring – we treat every individual distinctly and with the respect they deserve.
  • Excellence – we ensure quality in every aspect of our work. We continuously strive to further our education to provide expert advice to our clients.

Who Benefits?

IGNITE services are for anyone with an idea looking to start a business to a multi-million dollar company exploring expansion and relocation opportunities. Our services benefit anyone with a business idea, home-based businesses, inventors, lenders, startup and existing businesses, and the community as a whole.


The services IGNITE offers to entrepreneurs and business owners are free to allow easy access to the assistance and support they need to thrive. Some training programs and specialized projects are provided at no cost others require a nominal fee. Consultations are confidential to ensure the security of our clients proprietary information and ideas. Also for convenience, we can meet with clients at their business!


Our fundamental goals are to start, grow, and strengthen businesses, maintain and create jobs, increase tax revenue, and create a welcoming environment for innovation and economic development.

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Martin County EDA

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Martin County, MN

Martin County, MN

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