Economic Development

Services: Economic Development Organizations, Site Location Assistance

Contact: Brian Hanson, President

Address: 303 W Superior St , Duluth, MN 55802

Phone: 218.740.3667



APEX – Expertise and Tools to Move Business Forward

APEX can help move your business forward.

APEX has the expertise to help regional businesses grow and to assist new companies to locate in Northeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Wisconsin.

APEX brings to the table an impressive tool kit, whether you are a new organization looking for start-up help, an established business with a local track record looking to grow, or are considering moving your company to the Northland, APEX can help you succeed.

APEX keeps business information confidential, and we're aggressive in pursuing new opportunities for the Northland. APEX is managed by a seasoned entrepreneurial staff that has access to substantial resources in every facet of business growth and expansion.

What we do

New Businesses

APEX can assist in securing money for start up companies, and help early and late stage developing businesses create a business plan and funding presentation that will be compelling, complete and attractive for seed capital, venture capital, individual investors and other funding sources.

Existing Businesses

APEX can help your business grow by providing expertise in strategic planning, financial, administrative, operations, manufacturing and work force development. We also have significant expertise in marketing, sales and product development. In addition, APEX has extensive regional networking connections.

Businesses Considering Locating in the Northland

APEX is your single contact for site selection information, local experts to answer questions on services, labor costs, facilities, and APEX can organize regional economic development incentives appropriate to your business.

How we do it

To create successful business solutions, we pull from the talents of our APEX members, who are CEOs of top Northland companies, and from our extensive network of development partners. We also utilize high-level consultants who have run successful businesses to bring specific expertise and problem solving solutions to help your business grow. Together this group can identify issues and opportunities quickly and craft workable and successful solutions for your business.

Our Definition of Success

Your business thrives and grows.
Business growth brings economic wealth to this region.
That economic growth results in more employment opportunities in the Northland.

APEX serves the Northland, Arrowhead, Duluth MN Superior WI MSA, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Douglas, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis county areas.