Entrepreneurial Spirit

Entrepreneurial Spirit

Lending program helps growing companies expand, exceed goals and create jobs. Read More

Help Wanted: Child Care Providers

Area colleges offer low-cost, no-cost accelerated early childhood certificates. Read More

The Foundation at 35

Helping to change the economic and charitable landscape of Central Minnesota since 1986. Read More

The Need for Speed

Rural areas badly need broadband. So how can they get it? Read More

2020 Annual Report

Read the Initiative Foundation’s 2020 annual report. Read More

Regional Highlights

Get the latest highlights from the 14-county area. Read More

Countdown to Careers

Career exploration initiatives help high school students learn about close-to-home opportunities. Read More

Reinvent & Renew

Initiative Foundation, regional partners explore strategies to grow the region’s economy with better support for historically underserved entrepreneurs. Read More

Giving With a Kick

Couple who helped zoo purchase zebra starts fund to benefit community. Read More


Emily-based company provides stand-alone thermal sheds that grow year-round vegetables. Read More