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Minnesota Employment and Economic Development

Start here for information on starting your business, financing, finding workers and more…

Minnesota Investment Fund

The Minnesota Investment Fund provides financing to help add new workers and retain high-quality jobs on a statewide basis.

The focus is on industrial, manufacturing, and technology-related industries to increase the local and state tax base and improve economic vitality statewide.

MN Vest

The goals of this website are primarily to educate, promote usage of the MNvest system, break down the law and its associated rules, and help small businesses grow in Minnesota.

MN Vest Resources

PACE - Property-Assessed Clean Energy Programs

CDFA (Council of Development Finance Agencies)

The Council was formed in 1982 with the mission to strengthen the efforts of state and local development finance agencies fostering job creation and economic growth through the use of tax-exempt and other public-private partnership finance programs.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture BMP Loans

The AgBMP Loan Program is a water quality program that provides low interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage agricultural Best Management Practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans.

Rural Finance Authority Loan Programs

Small Business Administration

Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation

The Southwest Minnesota Initiative Foundation offers a Micro-Enterprise Loan Program, a Small Communities Loan Program, a Regional Centers Loan Program, a Renewable Energy Loan Program and a Revolving Loan Fund.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is a regional development and philanthropic organization that fosters economic and community vitality in 20 counties of southern Minnesota through a culture of collaboration and partnership.

USDA Rural Business Development Grants

RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

Grow in Minneota

Thinking of starting a business? Minneota has excellent opportunities. This page has some links to information to help you get started. To apply for a business loan through the Minneota EDA, please fill out this application and drop it off at the Minneota City Hall for review by the EDA board.