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!

Christmas lights? Remember LED lights that save energy & money!

Hot tips for the cool season from MN Department of Commerce...

Are you still stringing the same old incandescent decorative lights for the holidays?

The Minnesota Commerce Department advises that you can save money this year and for many holiday seasons to come by replacing outdated, energy-hogging lights with high-efficiency, long-lasting light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

When shopping for new holiday lights, look for the ENERGY STAR® label to ensure that the product meets strict federal energy efficiency guidelines. ENERGY STAR-qualified lighting, as well as appliances and electronics, use less energy than their older, inefficient counterparts.

ENERGY STAR-qualified LED decorative lights are an economical choice because they use 75 percent less power than conventional lights and they can last up to 10 times longer.

Other advantages of LEDs include:

Safety. LEDs are cool to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.

Durable. LEDs do not have moving parts, filaments or glass, so they are much more resilient and shock-resistant than other light strings.

Wide range of choices. LEDs are available in a variety of colors, shapes and lengths.

Up-to-date features. LEDs offer the latest features and functions such as dimming and color shifting.

The cost of buying and operating LED C-9 lights for 10 holiday seasons is about $18 compared with $122 for incandescent C-9 bulbs, according to the U.S. Department of Energy Energy Saver. Using timers or dimmers can save even more energy.

Watch for rebates to help defray the cost of LEDs and other energy-efficient lighting products. Many electric utilities offer rebates for LEDs. (Visit www.dsireusa.org to learn about utility rebates or contact your utility directly.)  Learn more about decorative LEDs at the ENERGY STAR website.

Finally: Be sure to recycle your old holiday lights. The Recycling Association of Minnesota provides a guide to recycling locations in Minnesota.

Wise words about kids, Christmas shopping and budgets from Junior Achievement

Such good advice from our friends at JA…

December is here, and with it comes the frenzy of holiday shopping. The expectation of giving gifts can be financially demanding. According to a survey of 500 U.S. teens conducted by JA USA and ORC International, 51% of teens planning to shop this holiday season expect to spend more than $100 on gifts.

“The holidays serve as one of the best opportunities to teach young people about the responsible management of money,” said Gina Blayney, JAUM president & CEO. “It’s important that teens learn how to budget in order to make informed decisions about a reasonable amount for them to spend on gifts for the holidays.”

Junior Achievement offers programs to K-12 students that teach them how to manage money and make smart financial decisions. Learn more.

Want to give a gift that meaningful and takes up little space? Go experiential.

The Atlantic recently ran an interesting article on things vs experiences and what makes the best memories…

Over the past decade, an abundance of psychology research has shown that experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions. The idea that experiential purchases are more satisfying than material purchases has long been the domain of Cornell psychology professor Thomas Gilovich. Since 2003, he has been trying to figure out exactly how and why experiential purchases are so much better than material purchases. In the journal Psychological Science last month, Gilovich and Killingsworth, along with Cornell doctoral candidate Amit Kumar, expanded on the current understanding that spending money on experiences “provide[s] more enduring happiness.” They looked specifically at anticipation as a driver of that happiness; whether the benefit of spending money on an experience accrues before the purchase has been made, in addition to after. And, yes, it does.

Essentially, when you can’t live in a moment, they say, it’s best to live in anticipation of an experience. Experiential purchases like trips, concerts, movies, et cetera, tend to trump material purchases because the utility of buying anything really starts accruing before you buy it.

 

 

Solar is coming to Rural Minnesota

Did you hear the recent article on MPR? It looks like solar is gearing up to be a major player in rural Minnesota.

North Star Solar began producing electricity on Wednesday. When it’s fully online later this year, it will produce enough energy to power more than 20,000 homes.

The opening marks a big sign of change in outstate Minnesota.

“Maybe a year ago, one of the landowners said, ‘Solar energy in Minnesota. What are they going to think of next?'” recalled Alok Sindher, a vice president with D.E. Shaw Renewable Investments.

North Star is the largest single solar energy facility in the Midwest. It was constructed in about six months after the developer spent more than a year negotiating with landowners and acquiring permits.

Read more – or listen!

Webinar Dec 8: The Power of the Inbox – The Right Ways to Do Email Marketing

The Power of the Inbox – The Right Ways to Do Email Marketing
Thursday, December 8, 2016 
1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT

Constant Contact’s Stephen Robinson will present a primer on effective email marketing, including what it is (and isn’t) and what it can do for your business. Robinson will offer expert tips and techniques to improve your open-rates, click-throughs and, ultimately, conversions and sales.

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Webinar Dec 1: Attracting Today’s Multicultural Audiences to Your Business

Attracting Today’s Multicultural Audiences to Your Business
Thursday, December 1, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT

Today’s business world has a new look – multicultural, savvy, and often female. Please join Life Reimagined and Linda Spradley Dunn, founder and CEO of Odyssey Media, for this informative webinar on email marketing and get her insights about how to best attract diverse audiences to your own business.

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Webinar Nov 30: Which CRM System is Right for Your Business?

Which CRM System is Right for Your Business?
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT
 

During this session, you’ll learn the following from CRM expert Gene Marks:

  • Ways a CRM system increases sales, productivity and profit
  • What to look for in a good CRM system
  • Major features and pricing of the leading mainstream systems available today

The ‘three laws’ for CRM success.

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