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SMIF announces $100,000 in grants available


Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

As part of its effort to invest in economic growth within the region, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is offering $100,000 in Incentive Grants to 501(c) nonprofit organizations or units/agencies of local, state or federal government. Grants up to $20,000 are available to support collaborative projects or programs in early childhood and entrepreneur development areas. Applications for this grant round are due August 30, 2012, with awards announced in October.

“We want to focus on very specific early childhood and entrepreneur development issues that we believe are critical to the long-term economic vitality of our region,” notes Tim Penny, President/CEO. “These Incentive Grants are designed to support projects that involve collaboration and achieve sustainable, measurable results.”

SMIF is looking for grant applications that encourage new asset-based approaches on issues within our focus areas.

SMIF’s Focus Areas

•Early Childhood Development: Strengthen children’s social and emotional health and school readiness

•Entrepreneur Development: Strengthen and grow the local business community

Fourteen Incentive Grants totaling $247,668 were awarded by SMIF in the past year. Examples include a $20,000 grant to the MN Licensed Family Child Care Association support a mentoring program for licensed family child care providers and a $20,000 grant to the Fillmore County EDA to support a county-wide business succession project.

Applications and guidelines can be found at www.smifoundation.org under “Applications.” For more information email Jennifer Heien, Grants Associate, at jenniferh@smifoundation.org or call 507-455-3215.

Walz staff takes a tour of National Trout Center

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Staff members of Congressman Tim Walz visited Preston on Monday, June 25 to tour the National Trout Center (NTC). They were there to learn more about the Trout Center, what they have done, and what their future plans are. Cathy Enerson, Director ..... 
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Last call for volunteers!

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

The planning committee for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Fillmore County would like to invite anyone interested in volunteering the night of Relay For Life (July 13, 2012) to contact Marilyn Schreier at 480-202-3027 or email Gabb ..... 
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Harmony Junior Girl Scout Troop 44023 makes donation to Jem Theatre

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Business Announcements

On May 23, 2012, Harmony Junior Girl Scout Troop 44023 presented Michelle Haugerud, owner of the JEM Theatre, with a check for $250. Emma Breitsprecher, Shelby Hanson, Krista Jorgenson, Hailey Lange, Molly McKernan, Kira Nelson, Grace Springer, Na ..... 
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National Trout Center 2012 programming

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

The National Trout Center, located in Preston, MN will once again open its doors the first weekend in April, just in time for the 2012 state wide Trout Season Opener on April 14th. National Trout Center (NTC) programs in April include: “Adopt ..... 
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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 v ..... 
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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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