Small Business Circle

United Way Small Business Circle: Turning Your Dollars into Change!


As a business owner, you know that a strong, healthy community is good for business. And as a SMALL business owner, you know the importance of keeping local dollars local.
The Lakes Area United Way's Small Business Circle provides an opportunity for local business owners to strengthen our community 365 days a year by investing in the local programs that are making an impact in the areas of health, education, and financial stability throughout Crow Wing, Cass, and Aitkin Counties.
In return, Small Business Circle members are recognized for their support throughout the year, so customers know that our local businesses are committed to creating positive outcomes and change for those that use their services and products.

How it Works:

1) You choose the dollar amount you want to give for 365 days.

  • $1 per day = $365

  • $3 per day = $1,095

  • $5 per day = $1,825

2) Choose if you'd like to make a one-time pledge, or give quarterly throughout the year.

3) We invest your contributions back into our community throughout the year, impacting thousands of lives through the work of our United Way and partner programs.

Small Business Circle Benefits:

  • 365 Small Business Circle Member window decal and logo for online/print media

  • Listing and link on the Lakes Area United Way website

  • Recognition through Lakes Area United Way’s social media platforms

  • Recognition at Lakes Area United Way events featuring the Small Business Circle

  • Listing as a donor in Lakes Area United Way's Annual Report

  • Listing in print and e-newsletters when featuring the 365 Small Business Circle

Return on Investment:

  • Raised business visibility: Your community investment is visibly recognized in a variety of ways throughout your membership term.

  • Brand identity: Your business is aligned with the strong United Way brand. Attract and retain customers by displaying your commitment with an exclusive 365 Small Business Circle decal.

  • Community commitment: Your business benefits from the trust, good will, and emotional connection the Lakes Area United Way has built over the last 53 years.

  • Efficient and effective community support: Your contribution to the Lakes Area United Way will support numerous local programs committed to improving quality of life for all in the Lakes Area.

How to Join:

Fill out our Corporate Investment Card and mail it with your contribution to: Lakes Area United Way, P.O. Box 381, Brainerd MN 56401.


Alternatively, you may email your pledge to and make payment using Paypal or Venmo.

Our 2022-2023 Small Business Circle Members:

Lindner Media
Jack Pine Brewery
ATEK Access Technologies
Nordic Brick & Stone