Welcome to Lac qui Parle County

lqP MapThe mission of the Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority is to be the catalyst for economic growth, job creation, and improving the quality of life in Lac qui Parle County.

We are here to:

  • Help local businesses
  • Introduce the rest of the world to LqP
  • Support young entrepreneurs

We have a few ongoing programs:

Please contact us for more information!

Do you want to learn more about how to obtain funding or retirement options for small business?

The Small Business Majority weekly national webinars cover financial planning topics like how navigate the funding landscape, resources available to help small business owners obtain capital and common retirement paths for small business owners and employees.
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Did you know October is National Women’s Small Business Month?

Join us for two special webinars this month with Accion and women’s business organizations from across the country to learn about tools and resources for women entrepreneurs. We’ll cover topics like access to capital, marketing and building a scalable business.
Wed, Oct 19 – Register here »
Tue, Oct 25 – Register here »

Women’s Small Business Month Webinar Oct 19!

Women’s Small Business Month Webinar: Oct 19

Tools for Women Businesses
Women own nearly 10 million small businesses in America and contribute significantly to our economy’s vitality, yet they face unique challenges in starting and running those businesses.

Join Small Business Majority, Accion and women’s business organizations from across the country for a Women’s Small Business Month webinar. This webinar will provide education and resources on topics impacting women entrepreneurs, including access to capital, marketing and building a scalable business.

Topics include:

  • Access to Capital 101: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Business
    presented by Rhea Aguinaldo from Small Business MajoritySeven Keys to Building a Scalable Business
    presented by Felena Hanson, Founder of Hera Hub
  • Marketing tips for small business owners
    presented by Dinah Grossman, Owner of Spinning J
  • Tools and resources for women entrepreneurs

A question and answer period will follow.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (EDT)
RSVP Today!

Webinar Oct 11 – How to Identify and Select Your Ideal Business

Free SCORE webinar – How to Identify and Select Your Ideal Business

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT
Statistics have shown that nearly 60% of Americans want to own their own business; however, only about 10% actually do. 

FranNet’s John Blair will cover everything you need to know about business ownership so that you are prepared to make an informed decision for yourself.

Register Now!

“Organize with Confidence” by Elizabeth Hagen Oct 19

There is a great opportunity for you on October 19. Elizabeth Hagen will be conducting her “Organize with Confidence” workshop.

Elizabeth is the author of Organize with Confidence, Confidence: Now is Your Time, co-author of Growing Your Business with Confidence and Focus, Organization, and Productivity, and creator of the Speak Now and Forever Get New Clients Home Study Program.

Through her presentations all across the U.S. and personal coaching, Elizabeth’s humor, empathetic honesty, and common sense have encouraged thousands to put her proven strategies and practical tips in place to help them step up to the plate and make something great happen in their life and work. You can learn more about her at www.elizabethhagen.com.

The workshop is from 9:30am – 12:30pm and lunch is included. Registration is $100 and includes two of Elizabeth’s books for each participant.

Click here for the workshop flyer and more information


We hope to see you on October 19!

Choose your personal products carefully for better health

Chemicals in our personal products can be unhealthy not only for us but for wildlife and aquatic environments, too. Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to effectively remove these chemicals, so they can end up in our lakes, streams and other water bodies, where they accumulate in fish and other creatures. They can also turn up in our drinking water.

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency offers guideline:

Here are some general guidelines to help you choose and use products.

  • Buy products that are simple, meaning they contain the fewest ingredients possible. A long ingredient list doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting more great ingredients. It can mean that the product contains a lot of fillers like preservatives, surfactants, and emulsifiers.
  • Avoid siloxanes. Any ingredient ending in “siloxane” or  “cone” (such as dimethicone) is a siloxane. They are toxic to aquatic life and cause a lot of trouble at wastewater treatment plants.
  • Avoid synthetic fragrance. Look for the term “fragrance free.” Products labeled “unscented” can contain fragrance that masks the product’s natural odor.
  • Avoid synthetic dyes. They have no function in your product. This is simply a brand’s attempt to set itself apart from other brands, or to make products more appealing. Dyes are easy to spot on labels. Anything with a color name (D&C Red) is a synthetic dye.


  • Make your own when you can. It’s easier than you think! Not only will you avoid toxic ingredients, you will save money. A few recipes are provided below to get you started.
  • Use the smallest amount of product needed to do the job. Typically, this is considerably less than what the product instructions state.
  • Use the fewest number of products to do the job. You don’t need different shampoos or other products for you, your children, and your spouse. Find one that you feel good about and use it for the whole family.
  • Choose products that can serve multiple purposes. A  product like witch hazel, for instance, can replace skin cleanser and astringent.
  • Buy things in containers that can be reused, and then reuse them!  Avoid plastic containers, which can leach chemicals into your product.
  • Look for ingredients that you could eat.
  • Be leary of products that are labeled, for example, “natural,” “botanical,” or “pure.”  These designations can be misleading and  products with these labels may still contain toxic ingredients.