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 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.