A mining downturn that began in 2015 because of low prices for ore and steel has begun a reversal with the reopening of several mines on the Iron Range. Startup Week started this October with entrepreneurs and investors coming in from around the state.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association graduates first 16 participants from Mini MBA program for minority entrepreneurs, DEED’s Innovation Voucher Award Program provides funding to help small businesses purchase technical assistance and services, and Minnesota places 85 small businesses on Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies in the country.
Incubators and accelerators helping startups find success, St Paul launches loan program for businesses that create jobs in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, and DEED approves job creation funding for five small businesses.
Metropolitan Economic Development Association launches $1 million Shark Tank-style competition for minority-run businesses, DEED launches interest-free loan program for early-stage high tech businesses, and Twin Cities ranks sixth on business.org’s list of Best Cities for Women to Start a Business in 2018.
Four small businesses awarded Job Creation Fund grants from DEED, Small Business Development Centers served 3,445 entrepreneurs and businesses in 2017, and Twin Cities rated No. 1 spot in the country for small business jobs by ZipRecruiter.
Twelve small businesses and business leaders in Minnesota named state winners of the 2018 National Small Business Week Awards, MN Cup accepting applications through April 27 for 14th annual competition, and Business.org ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul third on its list of best cities for startups in 2018.
Gov. Dayton proclaims March 21 Small Business Development Centers Day, southeastern Minnesota angel fund makes first two medtech investments, and black tech startups find success in Twin Cities accelerator program.
Former RyCrisp factory in Minneapolis transformed into haven for entrepreneurs, Small Business Administration lending Increased in Minnesota last year, and Minnesota has country's highest five-year survival rate for new businesses.
Minneapolis-based Meda named top minority business development agency in country, financial technology startup Sezzle approved for $250,000 loan from DEED, 16 nonprofit groups awarded funding from DEED's Business Development Competitive Grant Program.
Minnesota Venture Conference set for Oct. 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center, MicroOptx Inc. of Maple Grove named 2017 winner of 13th annual Minnesota Cup competition, and Cyber Security Summit 2017 includes half-day session aimed at small businesses.
Angel tax credits still available for targeted businesses in Minnesota, family-owned Pace International plans $19.5 million expansion in Rochester, and small businesses have advantages and disadvantages when dealing with a tight labor market.
Native of Ethiopia shares insights on what helped him succeed as an entrepreneur in Minnesota, DEED creates free guide on how to start a family child care business, and MN Cup names 80 finalists for 2017 competition.
CNBC rates Minnesota third-best state for business in 2017, business services firms optimistic about Minnesota economy in coming year, and new DEED video shares how the agency helps people, communities and businesses.
Minnesota Trade Office awards 2016 Governor's International Trade Award to six Minnesota businesses; Twin Cities startup ecosystem growing, thanks to increasing funding and support from groups like Minnestar, Minnesota Cup and Beta.MN; and Twin Cities ranks ninth among major North American cities for corporate innovation and R&D activity.
Small Business Administration recognizes Minnesotans during Small Business Week activities; small businesses feeling confident about economy, according to survey by Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank; and Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers makes loans to small businesses that banks won't.
M.D. Stittsworth Co., family-owned meat market that has been operating in Bemidji for nearly 25 years, plans $1.86 million expansion; MN Cup returns for 13th year; and Minnesota is fourth-best state for women entrepreneurs, according to Fundera.
State officials launch #InnovateMN campaign to celebrate emerging technologies and discoveries in Minnesota, Twin Cities rated second-best metro area in the country for young entrepreneurs, and startup accelerator scene heating up in Twin Cities.
Newest edition of "A Guide to Starting a Business in Minnesota" available from Small Business Assistance Office, Emerging Entrepreneurs Fund supports micro-enterprises and small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, and small-business incubator and training center opening in St. Paul's Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
Minneapolis opens "navigator" office to help small businesses, Envirolastech startup opening first manufacturing facility in St. Charles, and State Trade Expansion Program helps small businesses that want to export products or services.
LED lighting assembly and testing startup Aki Development LLC of Cass Lake awarded $29,000 job-training grant from DEED, Perham-based Swan Machine Inc. creating 30 jobs and investing $1.9 million in expansion in Grand Rapids, and microloans help entrepreneurs build their businesses.