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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awards $153,668


Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved nine grants totaling $152,668 to support early childhood and entrepreneur projects within southern Minnesota. These grants align with SMIF’s goal to build a prosperous region with vibrant communities, innovative businesses, and a skilled and valued workforce.

SMIF’s Incentive Grant Program is designed to support new, asset-based collaborative projects that demonstrate measurable results related to SMIF’s early childhood and entrepreneur development goals.

Six grants totaling $92,668 were awarded to Early Childhood projects:

•$20,000 to the Region 9 Interagency Early Intervention Committee to support 40 trainings on the social emotional development of children throughout the nine-county region for all who interact with young children. Contact: Sally Dannenberg, 507-359-8709.

•$15,768 to the Brown County Early Childhood Initiative to support a series of home visits to licensed child care providers in Brown County. The visits will focus on social and emotional development as well as school readiness skills. Contact: Betty Uehling, 507-359-8417.

•$20,000 to the MN Licensed Family Child Care Association to support a one-on-one mentoring program for licensed family child care providers to increase the children’s’ school readiness. Contact: Katy Chase, 651-636-1989, ext. 12.

•$15,000 to Wellcome Manor Family Services, Garden City to support the purchase of high quality curriculum and staff training for those caring for the young children in the child care center of this residential women’s chemical dependency home. Contact: Roxie Mell Brandts, 507-546-3295.

•$11,900 to the Fairmont Early Childhood Initiative to support a summer Kinder Camp that will provide children an opportunity to ease the transition into the formal Kindergarten school setting. Contact: Roni Dauer, 507-235-314.

•$10,000 to Grace Place, Rushford to support expansion of their Winona model into Rushford, including implementation of four early childhood learning programs. Their efforts target single moms/at-risk families. Contact: Carla Burton, 507-452-2283.

•Three grants totaling $60,000 were awarded to Entrepreneur Development projects:

•$20,000 to the Northfield Enterprise Center to support a co-working space- including an incubator and accelerator program-to grow .....
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Bradley honored for financial sales and service

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Business Announcements

Lanesboro, Minn.- (January 30, 2012)- Walter Bradley, FIC, a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Lanesboro, Minn., has received the 2011 National Quality Award in recognition of his quality service to clients and successful ..... 
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Meet Derrick Chapman

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Business Announcements

Sethre Media Group is expanding in a new direction. Both the Fillmore County Journal and the Olmsted County Journal will be debuting new web sites soon, and with these sites will be the opportunity for businesses to advertise. Derrick Chapman has re ..... 
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Lanesboro library closing for renovations

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Lanesboro, MN - The Lanesboro Public Library reminds patrons to check out books before the new year, because it will be closed from January 2 through 16, 2012, for renovation. It will reopen on Tuesday, January 17.

The library needs volunte ..... 
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Jobless rate falls to 5.9 percent ~ employers cut 13,700 jobs in November

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate fell by 0.5 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted 5.9 percent, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The unemployment rate was ..... 
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Thrivent Financial commits $9.2 million to Habitat for Humanity

Tue, Dec 6th, 2011
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MINNEAPOLIS (Dec. 5, 2011) - For the seventh straight year, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is committing millions to stabilize, strengthen and secure communities by creating affordable housing in partnership with low-income familie ..... 
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Unemployment rate dips to 6.4 percent

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

ST. PAUL - The state's unemployment rate fell 0.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.4 percent in October, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The U.S. unemployment rate was ..... 
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DEED launching loan programs for small businesses

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has been awarded $15.5 million in federal funding for programs that will support small-business lending in the state.

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Arlin Falck Foundation accepting grant applications

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education, and similar matters. The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore ..... 
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