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“Dealing with the PCEDC has been an honor for our company. They are available to assist our customers with funding and grants to creating jobs that pay decent wages. I believe the link between PCEDC and new business owners is a relationship that needs to be supported. We are proud supporters of the PCDEC.”
Joe Berghammer
President - Berghammer Builders
"Our relationship with the PCEDC has been measurably beneficial to C-Aire. They have introduced us to lending, the Regional Business Fund, options for a manufacturing facility in the county, helped with staffing needs and sources for on the job training funding. All of this contributed to the company’s ability to swing from losses to profits, improve the quality of the company’s staff, and increase C-Aire’s employee’s compensation. We will continue to benefit from our relationship with the PEDC as long as we are in business in this county."
Jason Hedeen
CEO - C-Aire
"I have several clients who have benefited directly from the work of the Polk County Economic Development Corporation. As a conduit to state job creation and business expansion programs and credits, the PCEDC has definitely helped several of the employers I work with get started and/or expand."
Martin Dikkers
CPA - Foley Kalseim & Company, Ltd.​
Sixteen years ago, Sally decided to take a leap of faith to open her own business. Knowing that she had more potential and more to give, she trusted in herself and put all her efforts into launching and running PaperWorx. It wasn’t easy, but it has been well worth it. She learned several key things along this journey. First, community matters. The support she has received from the residents and other businesses in Amery has played a vital role in her success. Sometimes this required stepping outside of her comfort zone but the more involved she became in the greater business community, the more successful her business became. She also learned a powerful lesson in perseverance. PaperWorx declined when the economy began to struggle but she found a way to “hold on” and has grown her business again as the economy has improved. She has shown that having a successful business requires having a long-term strategy, something that after sixteen years has paid off. As Sally commented, "I now feel accomplished” and that is the best feeling of all."
Owner - PaperWorx Design & Printing
"During the decision process in our expansions I worked closely with the PCEDC. They met with me a number of times and offered suggestions ranging from resources available for an entrepreneur to marketing and promoting my expansions. In fact, a most important service they provided was that they were a sounding board to listen and react to my ideas. The PCEDC plays a valuable role for entrepreneurs."
Julia Amrhiem
Owner - Julia’s Java
"I want to extend my appreciation to the PCEDC for the work that has been done to attract new business to Polk County and help existing businesses. The work you have done in facilitating meetings with the state has been very helpful in moving new business to the county. Further, I know our existing industry base appreciates the help you are able to give them in expanding their existing businesses."
Mark Erickson
Regional President - MidWest One Bank
“As the owner of two Polk County businesses, I'm excited about my ongoing relationship with the PCEDC. They have been a vital resource in our efforts to bridge the gap between area manufacturing and the secondary and post-secondary educators. They're working hard to keep our manufacturing talent local by educating students about the benefits of working in our industry. They've also informed me about tax credit & grant opportunities - showing me avenues for funding that I didn't know existed. The PCEDC is an indispensable part of our local communities."
Steven Schaffer
President - Schaffer Finishing & Schaffer Manufacturing

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