Working in Ely

Ely is a community that has a place for you if you are seeking a job, thinking of starting a business, wanting to work remotely, or, perhaps, wanting to buy an existing business and shape it to your dreams.

Health care jobs for nurses, medical assistants, and other staff are available in our hospital and nursing home as well as in local assisted living facilities. There are jobs in the restaurant business as wait staff or cooks. The trades are always in need of plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and laborers. Summer brings jobs at resorts, outfitters, and retail businesses.

You can find or make your place in this vibrant community and the community will welcome you and your talents.

entrepreneurial spirit


Entrepreneurship is deeply embedded in Ely’s history and business culture. It started with the immigrants who arrived here around the turn of the century to support the logging and mining boom. They built our downtown and lined main street with grocery markets, banks, barbers, drug stores, pubs and theaters. The same entrepreneurial spirit embedded in our heritage is alive and growing today. In the past two years, over a dozen new businesses have opened in Ely.

Ely is known for its its small-batch high-quality manufacturing businesses. Businesses like Crapola!, Wintergreen Northern Wear, Kondos Outdoors, Lobo Gun Leather, and Steger Mukluks have filled downtown storefronts with one-of-a-kind products. Have you dreamed of making a high-quality product? We’d love to expand our made-in-Ely culture and welcome you to our business community.

If you work remotely, Ely has all the amenities you need to get your work done and enjoy our vast outdoor recreation. Renovated office space is affordable and close to restaurants, shops, schools and lakes. Internet speeds of up to 200mbs are available in town and there is a new initiative to install fiber optic infrastructure in the downtown corridor.

Say goodbye to traffic jams each morning at 7am and hello to exploring one of hundreds of lakes within a 20-minute drive of Ely. Our city’s Economic Development Authority is ready to discuss your needs and what resources and programs we have to offer.

Ely is Open for Business

Business Opportunities

Here in Ely we welcome new businesses who wish to move to our area and entrepreneurs who wish to begin their own adventure. If you are within the city limits we have some great options for you!

If you are interested in taking over a business, Ely is a ripe location for your search. New business opportunities come and go frequently in this little community as the lead generation is looking to pass the torch to willing investors and entrepreneurs. The diverse options that are currently available could be your next dream job. Owning a tavern, radio station, restaurant, auto repair shop, gas station, knick-knack shop, resort, bait shop, hotel, candle company, rental portfolio, or T-shirt printing shop are easily within reach in Ely. Of course, if you can’t find exactly what you are looking there are plenty of prime retail and office locations to begin your own adventure as well.

There is plenty of office space to rent and buildings to buy. However, there are still some areas where the city offers some building incentives. Our planning and zoning department has a handy map on page 20 of their Comprehensive Plan.

Another helpful resource would be our City Clerk’s office and the Ely Economic Development Authority. Call or email to let them know who you are and what you plan to do is a great first step. They will help guide you through the necessary permits and zoning as well as answer some of those more difficult questions.

If you are looking for a low interest loan, the City of Ely site has a couple of options for a small Commercial Loan and a Rehabilitation loan with great low interest rates. There are also energy Retrofit Loans available through the Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency.

Working Remotely

The greatest benefit of working remotely from Ely can be summed up in one word: Access.

It is difficult to put a price on the benefits of working in and being surrounded by such a beautiful and accessible landscape. Think of these benefits which include: livable neighborhoods, local culture, beautiful scenery, clean air, starry skies, clean water, and recreational opportunities as a ‘second paycheck’.

If your business needs faster internet, there are fiber hubs in the city and fiber service provided by Consolidated Communications and Treehouse Broadband.

The City of Ely is committed to getting great broadband access and has hired consultants to complete a feasibility study.  This study will inform plans for expanded broadband in the Ely area. The city’s plan for the future includes installation of fiber to premise (each home and building) and possible symmetrical speeds up to 1 gbs.

You may also take full advantage of the Ely’s coworking space, Ten Below Coworking. Ten Below Coworking is for residents, small businesses, startups, freelancers, and visiting professionals with flexible daily, weekly, and monthly memberships instead of extended leases.

There is so much up here to experience it would take a lifetime to explore, so why wait?

Benefits of remote working:

  • You can do it from anywhere
  • Improve productivity
  • Better for health and environment
  • Decreases cost of operations (you’re not renting office space/paying for additional utilities)
  • Lifestyle instead of work. Easier to maintain work/life balance
  • Do not have to drive to work
  • Our Access to beautiful listings right out our door is amazing
  • Save time and reduce stress
  • More engaged citizenry