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Small Business Week kicks off at Pace International in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) – A celebration of what many people call the heart and soul of our economy.
National Small Business Week kicked off this morning at Pace International in Rochester.

Together, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce and RAEDI (Rochester Area Economic Development Inc.)
spoke about the prominence and importance of Southeast Minnesota’s area small businesses. 

Speakers also recognized today as the start of National Economic Development week and the important roles developers play in shaping Rochester’s economy.

“When you’re helping that small business, assisting them, helping them be successful, they in turn can create revenue that can pay for employees and help pay for them to give back to the community.” Said Ryan Nolander, President of RAEDI.

“That’s the key. You’re helping people here be successful. Help their economic and social well-being. Help them improve their life, but in turn they also like to give back.”

Economic leaders toured Pace International’s new expansion as the company was highlighted for its success as a family owned “small business”.

“Being here you really have an impact on the business. Every single individual here has an impact on the business and drives the results of the business,” said Pace Executive Vice President Tim Deutsch.

“The support of really…friends here in the building is what really makes the difference.”

In addition to the small business spotlight, Rochester Mayor Kim Norton issued proclamations for both National Small Business Week and National Economic Development Week.

Jack Keenan

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