Business Support

The Initiative Foundation offers support to new and developing businesses in the 14 counties and two Native nations it serves in Central Minnesota. Available support includes financial literacy training, business planning and guidance, marketing support, and access to networking opportunities. Programming and support are always evolving to ensure the long-term sustainability of small businesses across the region.

Helping Local Businesses

Enterprise Academy

Enterprise Academy is the single-largest early-stage entrepreneur training program in Central Minnesota. At the heart of the program is a 12-week business course that provides training and individualized advising to help underserved entrepreneurs start and grow small businesses. The expertly taught classes lead students through basic business principles and helps them start—and ultimately finish—a business plan. Graduates receive ongoing technical support and can also apply for market-rate microloans through the Initiative Foundation.

Business Support

Most business owners will need support at some point in the journey. The Foundation works with expert contractors to provide technical assistance, which is one-on-one mentoring provided by business professionals. Contractors work with business owners on a variety of topics, including planning and operations; financial planning and compliance; business structures and contracts; leasing and buying land and buildings; marketing and sales; and legal compliance. Foundation staff members also are available to discuss business ideas with entrepreneurs.

Contact Us

Reach out to a member of our team for business support. We are here to help!

Business Training Opportunities

Food Business First Steps: Starting a Restaurant or Food Truck

Join the Initiative Foundation, the Long Prairie Chamber of Commerce and food truck owner Charlotte Roe for a workshop that will teach you all the…

Subject
Business
Location
Long Prairie
Start Date
June 11, 2024

QuickBooks

 Join us to learn the ins and outs of QuickBooks with professional accountant and business finance expert Wendy Tibbetts. You’ll learn how to work more…

Subject
Business
Location
St. Cloud
Start Date
June 15, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Marketing

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the marketing workshops equips entrepreneurs with essential marketing strategies and tools…

Subject
Business
Location
Brainerd
Start Date
June 20, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Marketing

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the marketing workshops equips entrepreneurs with essential marketing strategies and tools…

Subject
Business
Location
Little Falls
Start Date
June 20, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Marketing

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the marketing workshops equips entrepreneurs with essential marketing strategies and tools…

Subject
Business
Location
Lindstrom
Start Date
June 27, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Marketing (Virtual)

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the marketing workshops equips entrepreneurs with essential marketing strategies and tools…

Subject
Business
Start Date
June 27, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Next-Stage Business Growth

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Next-Stage Business Growth workshop is tailored for entrepreneurs ready to…

Subject
Business
Location
Brainerd
Start Date
September 12, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Next-Stage Business Growth

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Next-Stage Business Growth workshop is tailored for entrepreneurs ready to…

Subject
Business
Location
Little Falls
Start Date
September 12, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Legacy Planning

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the legacy planning workshop is designed for small business owners who…

Subject
Business
Location
Brainerd
Start Date
September 20, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Legacy Planning

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the legacy planning workshop is designed for small business owners who are interested…

Subject
Business
Location
Little Falls
Start Date
September 20, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Legacy Planning

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the legacy planning workshop is designed for small business owners who are interested…

Subject
Business
Location
Lindstrom
Start Date
October 3, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Legacy Planning (Virtual)

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the legacy planning workshop is designed for small business owners who are interested…

Subject
Business
Start Date
October 3, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants workshops is for entrepreneurs who want to…

Subject
Business
Location
Brainerd
Start Date
October 25, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants workshops is for entrepreneurs who want to demystify bookkeeping…

Subject
Business
Location
Little Falls
Start Date
October 25, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Next-Stage Business Growth

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Next-Stage Business Growth workshop is tailored for entrepreneurs ready to…

Subject
Business
Location
Lindstrom
Start Date
November 1, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Next-Stage Business Growth (Virtual)

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Next-Stage Business Growth workshop is tailored for entrepreneurs ready to…

Subject
Business
Start Date
November 1, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants workshops is for entrepreneurs who want to demystify bookkeeping…

Subject
Business
Location
Lindstrom
Start Date
November 14, 2024

Rural Business Success Series: Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants (Virtual)

In partnership with the North Central Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Bookkeeping for Non-Accountants workshops is for entrepreneurs who want to demystify bookkeeping…

Subject
Business
Start Date
November 14, 2024