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Entrepreneurial Spirit

Lending program helps growing companies create jobs.

Fall 2021

In this edition, we highlight three businesses: Barrett Petfood Innovations, Plug Technologies and Advanced Interconnect Technologies. 


Entrepreneurial Spirit

Lending program helps growing companies expand, exceed goals and create jobs.

Help Wanted: Child Care Providers

Area colleges offer low-cost, no-cost accelerated early childhood certificates.

The Foundation at 35

Helping to change the economic and charitable landscape of Central Minnesota since 1986.

The Need for Speed

Rural areas badly need broadband. So how can they get it?


Regional Highlights

Get the latest highlights from the 14-county area.

Countdown to Careers

Career exploration initiatives help high school students learn about close-to-home opportunities.

Reinvent & Renew

Exploring strategies to grow the region’s economy with better support for historically underserved entrepreneurs.

Giving With a Kick

Couple who helped zoo purchase zebra starts fund to benefit community.


Emily-based company provides stand-alone thermal sheds that grow year-round vegetables.