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Make 2014 a year for new businesses

Published 10:22am Thursday, January 2, 2014 Updated 12:24pm Thursday, January 2, 2014

Many like to look at the new year as a fresh start, and hopefully some will see 2014 as “year one” for a new business. Recent predictions for the economy of Fergus Falls in 2014 showed good signs that entrepreneurship should continue to be on the rise. Some of the most successful and iconic businesses in Fergus Falls were started by locals who had faith that a small businesses could succeed here, and we encourage anyone with a developing idea, no matter how small, to pursue the possibility of making 2014 “year one” for a new business.

The Victor Lundeen Company, ShoreMaster, Minnesota Motor Company and Security State Bank were all started by locals with big ideas, and there’s plenty of room for more innovation and growth in Fergus Falls. New businesses don’t necessarily have to serve locals directly. Amazon.com was started by one person from home, and today it’s the world’s largest online retailer. The resources and information available at the click of a mouse today make it more possible than ever to take off with a new idea.

The economy in Fergus Falls is on an upward swing, and now might be the best time to grab onto a dream and see what happens. New ideas fueled by hard work and persistence can turn a dream into reality, and we encourage anyone who has been considering entrepreneurship to give it a shot.

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