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SMIF announces $100,000 in grants available


Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
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)3 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 February 15, 2014, with awards announced in April.

“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

Ten Incentive Grants totaling $134,917 were awarded by SMIF in the past year. Examples include a grant $8,700 to Ridgeway Community School to develop the capacity of Ridgeway-area families, childcare providers, and preschool program educators to better help preschool-aged children develop social and emotional and early literacy skills to successfully make the transition to area all-day kindergarten programs and a $20,000 grant to Red Wing Ignite to open a business incubator to attract seven to ten early-stage technology businesses.

The SMIF online application can be found at www.smifoundation.org under “Applications.” For more information email Jennifer Heien, Grants Associate, at jenniferh@smifoundation.org; orcall 507-455-3215.

About Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation:

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The Foundation has provided more than $47 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 28 years. SMIF’s key interests include early childhood and entrepreneur developm .....
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Greg Evans appointed Merchants Bank President/Chief Banking Officer

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Greg Evans has been appointed Merchants Bank President/Chief Banking Officer, according to Rod Nelson, Merchants Bank President and Executive Vice President of Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI). “Greg is a true community ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity is coming to Chatfield

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Business Announcements

A steering committee has been formed in Chatfield, Minn., to bring Habitat for Humanity to our community. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit, grass-roots, ecumenical Christian ministry. Its mission is to eliminate sub-standard housing and homeless ..... 
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Red Cross Provides Services after Car Goes through Ice

Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, MN, January 5, 2014— American Red Cross volunteers were at the scene of a fatal accident on Sunday morning, providing needed services to rescue workers. The Winona Dive and Rescue team was called out on Sunday morning to the Mississippi Riv ..... 
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Merchants Bank banker appointed to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on beginning farmers and ranchers

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Business Announcements

ST. CHARLES, Minn. - Tim Gossman, Vice President and business and ag lender at Merchants Bank in St. Charles has been appointed to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s (USDA) Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. Gossman, who far ..... 
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Fillmore County Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Chamber of Commerce members and City Administrator Joe Hoffman welcome Lisa Stensrud and her technician Kristina Ruud with a ribbon cutting at the Fillmore County Physical Therapy open house on December 12, 2013. Pictured from left to right a ..... 
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Area food shelves receive money from “Swipe Out Hunger”

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

WINONA, Minn. – Merchants Bank’s “Swipe Out Hunger” Facebook giveaway has concluded with more than 1,700 votes cast to benefit area food shelves. Merchants Bank donated 5 cents each time a Merchants Bank credit card or debit card was used ..... 
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Semcac Center - comprehensive services at one location

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

Semcac Clinic has been offering family planning services to the community at 76 West 3rd Street in Winona for several years. Due to the fire in Winona earlier this fall, the staff of the Semcac Outreach & Emergency Services joined the staff at the c ..... 
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James Wendel to join Pioneer Sales Rep Agency Team

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Business Announcements

It is my pleasure to announce that as of December 18, 2013, James Wendel will join the Pioneer Sales Rep Agency Team as your local sales representative promoting Pioneer® brand products in the Harmony, Canton, and Mabel, Minn. areas. James will pro ..... 
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