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Prosperity Initiative

Beam Project Type:     Project in Plan Phase

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation has launched the Prosperity Initiative, a program intended to promote minority-owned business growth in southern Minnesota. Over the next two years, SMIF will work with the Small Business Development Center of Rochester to identify and speak with minority business owners interested in growing their companies in southern Minnesota, the release says. This program is funded in part by Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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"The program, designed to provide education and business resources to minority business owners, will also educate resource partners of the barriers and opportunities these individuals encounter," according to the release.

The first phase of the program includes a survey of existing minority businesses, available on SMIF's website. This information will inform SMIF and its partners of the immediate and long-term needs of minority-owned businesses.

"We know our region is facing a labor shortage," said SMIF Vice President of Economic Development Pam Bishop. "A key factor in sustaining a strong economy in southern Minnesota is making sure all business owners are getting the necessary support to grow and to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds. We are hopeful that the collaborative nature of The Prosperity Initiative can help us meet these needs."


In addition to Small Business Development Center-Rochester, other partner organizations include Blandin Foundation's Leadership in Ethnically Diverse Communities Program, Community and Economic Development Associates, Greater Mankato Diversity Council, Latino Economic Development Center (Minneapolis), Project FINE (Winona), Region 9 Development Commission (Mankato), Diversity Council (Rochester), and Welcome Center (Austin). — staff reports



Level 1: Business Process ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Economic Development

Level 2: Education ; Adult Education


Community Health:


Lead Organization: Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Confirmed Collaborators: Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA) ; Diversity Council ; SE Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC) ; Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

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Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Business Process, Diversity and Inclusion, Economic Development

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