The Low-Down

Get the low-down on recent developments happening in Chisago County

Industrial Park of the Month -

Taylors Falls Business Park

The city of Taylors Falls purchased land and provide full utilities utilizing tax abatement from an Excel transformer site. Since the park is paid for the city is offering the land for $1. Taylors Falls is a border city, this allows the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funds available for the city to provide grants to eligible businesses. What a deal - $1 land with a $25,000 grant! Click the photo for detailed information!

Business Highlight -

SCS Sign Company  

From time to time we find a business in our county that we need to learn more about. This month we visited SCS Sign Company located in Chisago City. We found the company has several products and specialties. They started out manufacturing braille signs When Jim was a small child he would marvel at his mother Margie’s skill in hand punched children’s books in braille. As an adult Jim continued his mother’s legacy, and today they manufacture braille labels and signage for the sight impaired. They have been making ADA Braille signs since the inception of the “American’s With Disability Act” signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush.  

You can also find awards, metals and plaques for tournaments, races, and other acknowledgement produced by SCS. To complement those businesses, they also make donor recognition trees. All these products are manufactured and assembled out of the same building in Chisago City.    

Welcome Samantha!

Samantha is the new Office and Program Manager at the Chisago County HRA-EDA. Samantha has over 20 years combined management and government experience and is looking forward to learn and grow with the HRA-EDA.

Samantha is a resident of Chisago County and loves being involved in her community.

A Natural Resource for Business

Developers and Businesses: are your aware of these HRA-EDA Programs and Resources?

Small Business

  • SBDC: free & confidential business counseling services


  • Business Parks
  • Labor Assessment
  • Industrial Development Forgivable loans


  • Housing Trust Fund for Affordable Housing Development
  • Housing Analysis for Chisago County

Small Business Development Center

Open House

  • Learn about resources to help your business ideas thrive.
  • Learn how to start a business.
  • Giveaways!
  • Refreshments!
  • Speakers and Other Regional Business Resources onsite.

SBDC Open House Wednesday, 3/22/23, 2-5 p.m.

Come join us for an fun, information packed afternoon with experts in the field of business development.

Issue: March 15, 2023