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An economy thrives when it has a skilled workforce
and locally owned businesses that provide quality jobs.

The Initiative Foundation’s combination of targeted business financing and consulting services helps to leverage private investment and create living-wage employment in the region.

From 2020-2022, the Initiative Foundation is working to building a thriving economy through:

  • Entrepreneurship Support: Foster growth of businesses by providing training, financing and technical assistance, with an emphasis on underserved communities and social enterprise ventures. 
  • Workforce and Career Development: Tap under-utilized pools of talent and support career exploration and skill development in high-demand fields. 
  • Childcare Availability: Catalyze innovation within the region and coordinate with partners in support of economically sustainable, quality child care. 

The Initiative Foundation accomplishes results through a range of partnerships with fellow CDFI organizations* and through the following activities and programs:

Community Development Financial Institutions, or CDFIs, are certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The designation signifies that an organization meets stringent federal requirements as a financing entity with a mission to help people in underserved communities join the economic mainstream.



Brian Voerding
Vice President for Inclusive Entrepreneurship
(320) 631-2006


 Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
 Workforce Development
(320) 631-2043


Daniel Bullert
Senior Business Finance Manager
(320) 631-2013