Welcome to Lac qui Parle County

LqP EDA headerThe 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!

Free ad on LqP EDA site?

We want to thank our summer intern Antonio for the work he was able to do this summer tracking down names, details and photos of so many LqP businesses. We are able to highlight those businesses at the bottom of the website – and it helps us update our directory.

Summer is over – but we’ve decided to extend the opportunity. If you want a free ad -please let us know by filling out an online form.

Teachers can register now to bring Junior Achievement to your students

Today is a good day…

There are limited spots available for certain Junior Achievement programs, so sign up today.

JA BizTown and JA Finance Park on-site simulations are already full for this school year. Email Jennifer Baldwin to learn about participating in JA Finance Park Virtual, or to inquire about either of these programs for the 2018-2019 school year.

To register your K-12 JA classroom, look for an email from your JA Program Manager, or email Liz Guimont.

JA can help you align to your implementation standards. See how JA programs correlate to the Minnesota K-12 Common Core and Academic Standards

Last Chance to Register for AURI’s for a One Day MBA Workshop

Looks like a good opportunity…

There’s only a few days left before the One Day MBA workshop! This is an educational opportunity we feel could make a significant difference in the success of your organization, so we are offering a 66% discount on all registrations between now and Thursday!

This is a special opportunity to receive a hands-on training opportunity covering important topics that can take your business to the next level of success. Also, one attendee will receive a service package from Strategic Marketing Consultants to develop their logo, website, sales support materials and final business plan, valued at nearly $10,000.

Topics will include the importance of mission/vision statements, brand strategy, situational analysis, use of social media, marketing tactics, legal issues, financial analysis, and unique value propositions.

AURI understands the importance of your time, which is why we have made this event as succinct and value-packed as possible, with tangible takeaways and useful resources and tools for your business.

Space is limited, so please register today to reserve your spot!

To register, click on the link below.

Register Now!

I can’t make it

Wind power in growing in Minnesota

What does Lac qui Parle have a lot of? Wind! And that can be good news if we use it well. Minnesota Public Radio recently reported…

The U.S. Department of Energy found a growth spurt in the wind power industry last year, both in Minnesota and nationally.

New data from the U.S. Energy Department shows Minnesota wind energy capacity increased about 9 percent last year.

Minnesota added enough new wind energy last year to power about 150,000 homes.

The cost of wind power rivals other forms of electricity generation, said Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman.

“Wind is now turning out to be one of the lowest cost alternatives — competitive with natural gas, and with other forms of electricity,” he said. “That’s why we’re seeing such a huge growth in the wind energy in Minnesota.

Wind power accounts for nearly 18 percent of the electricity generated in Minnesota. The state ranks seventh in the nation for wind energy.

Training Oct 24: Cyber Security For Small and Mid-Size Businesses

What:  The 7th Annual Cyber Security Summit is presenting a half-day event on Tuesday, October 24th, from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. that will spotlight the issue of cyber security for small and mid-size businesses.

If your business is not big enough to have dedicated resources to manage security strategies, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about best practices for keeping your data secure and responding after you’ve been compromised.
Presenters include Nancy Libersky of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Hala Furst from the Department of Homeland Security and Philip Schenkenberg of Briggs & Morgan, P.A.

Registration is available for this standalone event for $79.00.

When:  Tuesday, October 24th, from 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Where:  Minneapolis Convention Center

Register:  https://cybersecuritysummit.org/register/

Save: Enter code SBA17, to save 10% off the Small/Mid-Size Business Event, or any other registration type for the 2017 Cyber Security Summit.

SBA highlights business resources for women

From the latest SBA newsletter…

SBA Resources for Women Business Owners

Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO), including funding, and government contracting information, training and more.

Women’s Business Center, Twin Cities Metro
Women’s Business Center, Duluth

SBA Minnesota District Office

ChallengeHER a Success

More than 100 women (and men) came to learn how to successfully navigate the federal contracting industry and win federal contracts. Guest speakers helped the audience understand the rules and strategies to obtain contracts set aside for Women Owned Small Businesses.

Check out photos from the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2Pxpop

Research to Revenue Tour of Minnesota

The federal Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs seek to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations.

The programs increase the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development.

Eleven federal agencies provide grants or contracts in phases up to $1.5M.

Learn more at the remaining tour events:
September 7 – St. Cloud
September 13 – Mankato
September 14 – Metro
September 20 – Rochester (By Appt Only)

For more information and to register, go to https://www.mhta.org/

Rural Solutions, Inc. is now hiring!

We’re starting a new feature on the site – positions available. Please contact us if you have a position you want us to share. And please contact  if the following sounds intriguing!

Rural Solutions, Inc. is searching for highly skilled and motivated people to add to our technology team! RSI has been providing technology solutions to rural communities for over twenty years. We offer professional IT services to meet the needs of individuals, businesses, and government agencies both onsite and in our shops in Milbank, SD and Madison, MN.
Open Positions:
Receptionist/Admin Assistant
Computer Support Assistant
Network Administrator
Go to careers at www.ruralsolutions.com to apply.