Category Archives: Economic Development

Carleton College Invests…in Downtown Northfield

Carleton College has invested in downtown Northfield for many years.  The college has supported groups and events that contribute to the downtown’s vitality, college staff and students have given of their time and talent through volunteering for organizations and initiatives that work for the downtown’s vibrancy, and the entire college community has significantly and positively impacted the downtown economy since its founding in 1866.  Now the college is taking their investment to a new level. Continue reading Carleton College Invests…in Downtown Northfield

Making Sense of Social Media: Northfield to Host University of Minnesota Extension Workshop Series

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC), in collaboration with its economic development partners the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC), will host the second in a series of University of Minnesota Extension’s workshops. This one will focus on making sense of social media as part of a marketing and sales strategy.

 

The workshop will be Tuesday, May 15th at the Northfield High School Computer Lab from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This workshop, titled simply “Making Sense of Social Media”, is a broad strategic review of how businesses can and are using “social media” on the Internet. Social media, FaceBook and Twitter for example, are being used by more and more people, especially young people. Understanding how to use social media is critical for businesses wanting to reach these new customers and leverage their Internet presence using the many available tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Flicker, blogs, and Google Places. Continue reading Making Sense of Social Media: Northfield to Host University of Minnesota Extension Workshop Series

U of M Extension Service Advises, “Leverage Bricks with Clicks”

Hans Muessig, of the University of Minnesota Extension Service, offered some tips to local business owners on “Doing Business On-line”.  He noted that many retailers have doubled their business using the internet and that people in the hospitality and service business have also substantially increased their income over the internet.

The internet has enabled the global economy Muessig noted.  In fact, 80% of business over the internet is now conducted from places that are so remote that you can’t buy a newspaper there.  Although this new reality creates challenges, it also creates opportunities. Continue reading U of M Extension Service Advises, “Leverage Bricks with Clicks”

Northfield to Host University of Minnesota Extension Workshop Series

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. (NDDC), in collaboration with its economic development partners the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Authority (EDA), and the Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC), will host the University of Minnesota Extension’s workshop series “Reaching Customers in the 21st Century”.

The first workshop will be Tuesday, March 27th, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., in the Riverview Conference of the Historic Archer House River Inn, 212 Division Street in downtown Northfield.  This workshop, titled simply “Doing Business On-line”, is an overview about business on the Internet.  It is broadly conceived and is intended to serve both businesses wanting to get started on the Internet and businesses that are interested in getting more leverage from their Internet presence using the many available tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, and Google Places.
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Great, Good Meeting Places in Downtown Northfield, MN

Knowledge-workers, the “creative class”, innovative entrepreneurs…whatever you call them, they’ve been attracted to downtown Northfield for many decades.  Dozens of businesses have been started in, or relocated to, the downtown, making substantive contributions to the Northfield economy.

They play a big role in the national economy too; these jobs, categorized by the Standard Occupational Classification System, add up to approximately a third of the U. S. workforce.  Scientists, engineers, educators, computer programmers, artists, designers, medical professionals, healthcare workers, lawyers, and financiers…what brings them to Downtown Northfield, MN? Continue reading Great, Good Meeting Places in Downtown Northfield, MN