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Alerus Financial launches small business Web site

Alerus Financial officially launched a new Web site Friday that officials say will give Red River Valley small businesses access to free content, financial calculators, tools and discussion topics, a spokeswoman announced. The Web site is Small B...

Alerus Financial officially launched a new Web site Friday that officials say will give Red River Valley small businesses access to free content, financial calculators, tools and discussion topics, a spokeswoman announced. The Web site is Small Business Connect.

"It's really the only Web site that's developed locally, driven locally, for small businesses," said Missy Keney of Alerus Financial.

Users can interact with other small business owners, read success stories and get advice from others in their field. The site became active two weeks ago but was formally announced Friday.

Keney said about 10 organizations are contributing to the Web site so far, and much of the information posted to Small Business Connect is provided by experts. Officials hope to continue to attract other contributors to ensure the site "continues to grow and be very robust," she said.

Keney said Alerus, which is based in Grand Forks, hopes the site will provide a new form of help and advice for business owners in the region.

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"Right now, they don't necessarily have a tool like this to help them make informed decisions."

Small Business Connect is available online at www.alerusfinancial.com/sbc .

Reach Johnson at (701) 780-1105; (800) 477-6572, ext. 105; or send e-mail to rjohnson@gfherald.com .

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