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    The Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership based organization which serves its member businesses and the community. We are located in the heart of West Central Minnesota’s premier lakes country destination, Otter Tail County. With its nearly 1100 lakes, rivers, streams and trails offering an abundance of recreational options, its a great place to grow your business.

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  • ''Pay it Forward Fund'' Announces 14 Grant Recipients

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    July 10, 2020
    “Pay it Forward Fund” Announces 14 Fergus Falls Business Grant Recipients
     
    On behalf of Northern Contours and Business Development for Fergus Falls, the Pay it Forward
    Business Support Committee is excited to announce that thirteen businesses were approved for
    grants up to $2,500 to help heal from the economic effects of COVID-19 related closures.
    Committee members based their decisions on how each business planned to use its funding
    and how the business intended to “Pay it Forward” to others. “Fergus Falls is an incredibly
    giving community,” says Klara Beck of Business Development of Fergus Falls (BDFF).
    “Northern Contours proved that when they contacted BDFF with the idea to donate $15,000 to
    other local businesses, no strings attached.” Recognizing the good this could do for businesses
    in need, the board of BDFF agreed to add an additional $15,000 to the fund. Shoremaster
    stepped in with another $500, and the Pay It Forward Business Support Fund was unveiled to
    local businesses.
     
    Plans to provide space for the arts community to entertain customers while social distancing, to
    host “donation months” during which a percentage of business proceeds would go to local
    nonprofits, and plans to continue donating yards of material to local mask-making and quilting
    groups impressed the Pay It Forward committee. “These were much harder decisions to make
    than we anticipated,” said Mary Walth of Northern Contours. “But the fact that they were difficult
    shows the effort these businesses put into their plans to bounce back and support the
    businesses around them. Like the businesses who applied, we at Northern Contours are
    compelled to support the community that has supported us for so many years and are proud to
    give back in even a small way to those that are hurting right now. We want you to know that you
    are not alone. You are vital to our community, and we stand with you."
     
    We are proud to announce that the following businesses received funding through the Pay It
    Forward Business Support Fund:
    Contact:
    Klara Beck, Port Authority Director
    klara.beck@ci.fergus-falls.mn.us, (218) 332-5428
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