Presenting our 2020 Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award winner!

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Brainerd Lakes Chamber

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Close Converse

A sparkling story of success

The Brainerd Lakes Chamber and Cub Foods are excited to present the 3rd Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award to Close Converse Commercial Real Estate | Business Brokerage, a small business that truly personifies the spirit of entrepreneurship, pride and success! The Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award honors a Brainerd Lakes Chamber business that employs up to 20 team members with the following attributes: leadership, innovation, employee investment and community service. 

Since 1995, Close Converse has specialized in providing the highest quality commercial, land and business brokerage services. Like most companies, Close Converse started small, with Kevin Close working as the sole broker for the company together with an assistant. In 2002, Kevin’s son, Chris Close, joined Kevin and Rod Converse in the company. Today, Chris Close is the sole owner of Close Converse. They have four full-time salespeople and three full-time support staff. The company has three unique divisions: a commercial real estate division, a land sales division (Land Radar) and a business brokerage division.

What makes Close Converse unique compared to other real estate organizations is that all their agents work together as a team, allowing them to focus on their number one priority, their clients. From its conception, Close Converse has always been about serving people. Every week the team recites out loud their values statement which is “Together we will serve every individual with passion, integrity and excellence, always delivering more than is expected.” Their hope is that long after a transaction closes, their customers and clients will remember the relationships that were formed with the individuals on their team.

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Our 2020 Lakes Proud Small Business of the Year Award is presented by Cub Foods

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Save the Date!

2020 Celebration of Excellence
Thursday, November 19th, 2020 | 5:00-8:30 PM
Cragun’s Resort on Gull Lake

Join us with Widseth in celebrating our business award winners and their shining accomplishments. RSVP to reserve your table or seat at All That Glitters, our 2020 Celebration of Excellence on Thursday, November 19th at Cragun’s Resort. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, room capacity is limited to 250 attendees. To allow for social distancing, tables will be set to seat four individuals.

Questions? Contact Sue at or 218-822-7119.


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