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Open to Business offers resources to bring new business to Farmington

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Laurie Crow knows the excitement and the apprehension of opening a new business on her own. She's a two-time business owner herself, and she's got plenty of insight to share through her new role with Open to Business.


Open to Business is a program new to most of Dakota County - it's recently started operating in 10 cities, including Farmington - and it's designed to help potential new business owners realize their dreams.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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