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<br />CITY OF LAKEVILLE <br />ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION <br />MEETING MINUTES <br />February 26, 2019 <br /> <br /> <br />1. Chair Scherer called the meeting to order at 4:00 p.m. in the Marion Conference <br />Room at City Hall. <br /> <br />Members Present: Comms. Collman, Emond, Dautel, Matasosky, Scherer, Seiler, <br />Vlasak <br />Ex-officio members: City Administrator Miller, Chamber President Jech <br /> <br />Members Absent: Comm. Gillen, Smith, Starfield <br /> <br />Others Present: David Olson, Community & Economic Development Director; Kati <br />Bachmayer, Economic Development Specialist; Daryl Morey, Planning Director, Liz <br />Shannon, Cream of the Cakes owner <br /> <br />2. Approval of January 29, 2019 Meeting Minutes <br /> <br />Comms. Matasosky / Dautel moved to approve the minutes of the January 29 <br />meeting as presented. Motion carried unanimously. <br /> <br />3. Presentation on Open to Business Program <br /> <br />The Open to Business program is a partnership between the Dakota County <br />Community Development Agency (CDA), cities in Dakota County (including <br />Lakeville), and the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD). <br />Dakota County’s MCCD representative, Laurie Crow, provides confidential business <br />counseling to current and prospective entrepreneurs on an individual basis. Thanks <br />to this partnership, Open to Business services are provided at no-cost to <br />entrepreneurs and small businesses located in Dakota County. MCCD can also <br />provide small business owners with access to technical assistance and financing <br />options. In 2018, the Open to Business program helped a total of 120 clients in <br />Dakota County. <br /> <br />Liz Shannon, Cream of the Cakes owner, spoke to the EDC members about her <br />experience using the Open to Business program. Ms. Shannon told the group that <br />Ms. Crow was extremely helpful as she navigated the process of starting her own <br />business. Cream of the Cakes was able to scale up very quickly after only 9 months <br />in a brick and mortar location and currently employs eight people (including Ms. <br />Shannon). Comm. Seiler pointed out that Open to Business can also be helpful to <br />existing businesses (not just start-up businesses), because Ms. Crow and her team <br />provide business expertise for any circumstance. The EDC members encouraged <br />promotion of the program at the individual and City level. It was noted that <br /> <br />