Major Employers


Major employers
St Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health7,541
St. Cloud VA Health Care System1,850
State of Minnesota*1,838
St. Cloud Area School District #7421,800
Stearns County954
Fulfillment Distribution Center900
College St. Benedict/St. John’s University868
Coborn’s, Inc.755
New Flyer of America730
Sauk Rapids-Rice ISD #47675
Capital One600
Essilor of America550
City of St. Cloud532
Wolters Kluwer Financial Services462
Sartell-St.Stephen School District #748425
Woodcraft Industries397
Bluestem Fulfillment, Inc.393
Anderson Trucking Service, Inc.372

*Includes St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, St. Cloud Correctional Facility & MnDOT.

Sources: Self-reported to St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce; City of St. Cloud

The St. Cloud area has earned recognition as a great place to do business. Entrepreneur magazine listed St. Cloud among the “Top 10 Mid-sized Cities in the Nation for Small Businesses” and Forbes included the area in its 2010 Top 200 list of “Best Small Cities for Business and Careers.” Minnesota Business magazine referred to the I-94 region from St. Cloud to the Twin Cities as “The Golden Corridor” due to the area’s stable economy and continuous business and residential development.


The pro-business attitude found in Central Minnesota has created an optimal environment for all businesses and industries, no matter the size or type.

Business-focused resources in the St. Cloud area are significant, and include:

The area is also equipped with plenty of financial incentives, including:


Downtown St. Cloud’s renewed vibrancy has made it the place to be for shopping and dining. Lining its streets are more than 80 places to shop and more than 40 restaurants.

Complementing downtown St. Cloud is Crossroads Shopping Center, the largest enclosed shopping center in Greater Minnesota. The mall is anchored by four major department stores and one of the largest sporting goods stores in Minnesota. It boasts more than 120 major specialty shops and eateries.

Additional retail sites include: