Doing Business

Located at the junction of I-35E and I-35W, the Forest Lake Area is well connected to both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul.  With a business-friendly attitude, each of our communities provides an excellent place to locate a business.

Learn more about the demographics and business landscape in the Forest Lake Area by downloading our Forest Lake Area Market Area Profile, developed in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

Demographic information on our area, and the cities in it, can be obtained from the Metropolitan Council.

Looking for more information on commercial properties for sale or lease in the area?  Contact one of our commercial realty experts!

Forest Lake
The City of Forest Lake takes much pride in its business community, variety of housing developments, and quality educational options.  There are many exciting projects planned over the next three to five years that will transform the City. Downtown revitalization project was recently completed giving a new “gateway” to Lakeside Park and the downtown area which includes a roundabout, new curbs, sidewalks and lots of green space. The Broadway Corridor and bridge expansion project were completed in 2012 adding to the revitalization of Forest Lake.

Visit the Economic Development Authority of Forest Lake’s website for more information on the advantages of doing business in Forest Lake.

The Wyoming Economic Authority works to retain current and attract new commerce and industry to the City of Wyoming; allowing the City to maintain and grow it’s long term economic tax and employment base. This is to be accomplished by providing a systematic proactive approach for building a rapport with the current business community as well as developing a methodology to attract new business.

The Scandia Economic Development Authority strives to enhance Scandia’s long-term prosperity and enrich the quality of life of residents by retaining and growing existing businesses, recruiting new businesses and expanding life-cycle housing opportunities for residents.

Set your sights on developing in Columbus.  Learn more from the City of Columbus.

Download Demographic Characteristics & Retail Sales Potential Report for Columbus.

Also serving Stacy, Linwood and Lent.

Statewide Resources

Minnesota Business Connect Small Web
Minnesota Business Connect provides businesses with  24/7 access to ask questions regarding their business-related concerns. Grow Minnesota! (an initiative of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce) staff research queries and then link the business to a direct resource  and/or resource contact who can provide answers. This saves businesses valuable time and avoids frustration related to searching for the  right answers.

MadeInMinnesotaLogo Small Web

It pays for Minnesota manufacturers to buy materials, components and finished products from each other instead of out-of-state or foreign suppliers. The Manufacturers Supply Chain Database makes it easy for Minnesota companies to find — and be found by — home-state suppliers that are a perfect fit.