Fed Business Survey

Partners in the Upper MN Valley: The RDC is assisting the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (part of the Federal Reserve System) conduct a survey of local businesses on current business conditions. The Fed is seeking input from businesses across the state regarding general business demand, labor availability, wages and other economic matters. Please take 5 minutes to help the Minneapolis Fed better understand current economic conditions across Minnesota. To take the survey, just click HERE. (Full URL = https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MADO-MplsFed2019Q4) Survey results provide a snapshot of current economic conditions to the Minneapolis Fed, and to the Federal Reserve Bank, where interest rates and other monetary policy decisions are made. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Many thanks! Kirk Kirk Bustrom Senior Planner W: 320.289.1981 x 111 323 West Schlieman Ave. Appleton, MN 56208

Social Media For Businesses

Renville County HRA/EDA “Lunch & Learn” on Wednesday, November 13th at 12:00 Noon at the Bird Island City Hall. Claire Meyers and Heather Koffler with VantagePoint Marketing Consultants will be presenting on social media for businesses. Lunch is provided. The event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated to eda@renvillecountymn.com or (320) 523-3656.

The Story Show Is Coming Soon!

The Cultural Centre is pleased to announce The Story Show is making its debut at the Fairfax Public Library on November 8th from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a repeat performance on November 9th from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Cultural Centre in Bird Island.

Come experience original works by Jill Schwiderski, Johanna Jutz, Emma and Mary Niebuhr, Glenn Wtterlund, Richard Bonlender, Kathy Baumgartner, Chuck Brown, Paul Heyl and Lyle Lundstrum.

This Story Show will include literary legacy readings of Steven Palmer’s book, “Summer Diamond” and a historical poem by Winifred Murray entitled “A Legend Of Pete Young”.

Small Business IT Best Practices

Renville County EDA is hosting a Lunch & Learn at the Renville County Government Services Building, Room 116 (lower level) on Sept. 11, 2019 from noon to 1:00 pm. The presenter is Kyle Schlomann, Renville County IT Coordinator. The Learning Topics are: creating an IT roadmap, basic IT security, data (integrity, backups, recovery) and business continuity. RSVP appreciated for lunch count by Sept. 9th to EDA@renvillecountymn.com or call 320-523-3656.

What’s Your Story?

We are on a mission to learn more about the people behind the businesses in our city and we would love to know your story. Then we want to share that story with the rest of our community.

What was the inspiration in starting your company? Who’s idea was it? What struggles did you have to overcome to get where you are today? Have some fond memories or hilarious situations? We’d love to hear those too.

Basically, we want to learn about the heart and soul that gets you up in the morning and keeps you doing what you’re doing, and we think the rest of our area would like to know that too.

Maybe you need the reminder as well.

We’ll call the collection something really inspirational like….

Beyond the Facade…

Discovering the hearts and souls behind our local businesses.


To tell your story, please include the following with your submission:

  • Your name and the company’s name
  • The story behind your business
  • Maybe a few pictures (or indicate that you would like us to take some)
  • Where you’re located
  • Website and social media links if you have them
  • Your contact information

Submissions can be sent to:

Leta Jacobs | Owner and Designer | Design by Leta



You can fill this out and I’ll be in touch.




Free business online webinars from SCORE

Free business online webinars from SCORE

SCORE will be holding some great, free small-business webinars in the next several weeks, including…

August 1: The Secret Sauce to Success- The Entrepreneurial Mindset. https://www.score.org/event/secret-sauce-success-entrepreneurial-mindset

August 8: Building Resilience After a Business Setback. https://www.score.org/event/building-resilience-after-business-setback

August 22: Simple Social Media Must-Do’s for Small Business Owners. https://www.score.org/event/simple-social-media-must-dos-small-business-owners

August 29: A Practical Approach to Small Business Budgeting. https://www.score.org/event/practical-approach-small-business-budgeting

September 5: What Small Businesses Need to Know About Cybersecurity. https://www.score.org/event/what-small-businesses-need-know-about-cybersecurity

September 24: Funding Options for Veteran Entrepreneurs. https://www.score.org/event/funding-options-veteran-entrepreneurs

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining us! We couldn’t be more excited to have you here.  The Bird Island Civic & Commerce Association is committed to reaching out to the community, developing an understanding of your needs and concerns, and finding solutions.

The development of this site was crucial as it’s given us a place to communicate more effectively to you what’s happening in your community. We hope you will share, sign up to stay connected and stop back often.

What types of information will we be sharing?

Things like:

  • Community Events
  • The Stories behind the businesses in our community
  • Important news and service announcements
  • Information on workshops, classes and other learning opportunities
  • Business Education
  • Exciting things happening in our community

Together we can continue developing a strong and resilient community.


Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton