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!

August 25 Webinar: Search Engine Marketing Tips from a Google Pro

An interesting free webinar coming up from SCORE…

August 23 Webinar: 6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through Blogging

An interesting free webinar coming up from SCORE…

MN DEED accepting applications for emerging entrepreneurs program

Get more info from Minnesota Business Magazine

The Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Program will provide grant funding for nonprofits that may not otherwise have access to funding and resources

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering an exciting opportunity for state nonprofits equipped to issue loans to local businesses owned and operated by historically disadvantaged groups.

The department recently issued a request for applications to participate in the Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Program (MEEP), which provides grant funding for nonprofits “that will use these funds to make loans to Minnesota businesses majority-owned and operated by minorities, low-income persons, women, veterans, and/or persons with disabilities,” according to DEED’s website. Businesses owned and operated by individuals who identify as women may receive funding under the terms of the grant. …

MEEP proposals are due by 4 p.m. on September 30, 2016. This is a strict deadline — no late proposals allowed.

In the run-up to the deadline, DEED is planning at least three workshops for prospective applicants:

●     1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, August 22, at the offices of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation (CTC Room)

●     1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, August 23, at the Intergovernmental Center in Mankato (Minnesota River Room)

●     1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, August 26, at DEED’s home offices (Minnesota Room)

RSVPs are not required, but attendees should confirm meeting dates and times with DEED prior to making travel plans.

The RFP is open to any chartered nonprofit corporation, including 501(c)3 and 501(c)6 entities. Applying for a MEEP grant does not foreclose an entity’s ability to apply for other, unrelated DEED grants. 

Access to Free Capital Webinars

Are you having trouble obtaining funding for your business? Through these free national webinars we will help you navigate the funding landscape and connect you with resources to help you obtain the capital you need to start and grow your business.
Upcoming Dates and Times:
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Register Today!

LqP Computer Commuter keeps connecting with generous donors

computer commuter peopleWe wanted to share a note from the Computer Commuter’s Mary Quick and thanks both Mary and our donors for the generosity of time and funds!

In January, the EDA Board and I agreed to end the LqP Computer Commuter program at the end of 2016, based on our finances and the dim prospect of further grant awards.

In April, we learned of a $35,000 bequest from a Madison resident who had passed away last fall, and that the bequest had to be matched.  So, in addition to the In Kind Services already provided to the program daily, we needed to raise matching dollars by July 31.

21 entities responded, 19 within our county.  Adult Basic Education and the Blandin Foundation both donated generously, but it is the local, across-the-county support I find so meaningful.

The 19 local donors, made up of individuals and organizations within the 6 communities the bus serves, donated $16,450.  The additional funds from Adult Basic Education and the Blandin Foundation raised the total amount to $41,450, exceeding the $35,000 maximum match. In the end, we landed with a total of $76,450 added to our coffers.

Given the amount raised and matched, the LqP Computer Commuter should operate through 2017, 2018 and in to 2019 – again dependent on expenses (bus maintenance and gas prices).

Quoting Linda Nickell of the TDF Foundation, an original supporter: “Congratulations, Mary!  Lac qui Parle is an amazing community!”

Indeed it is, Linda, indeed it is.

Getting Connected at Minnesota West Aug 23: Students meet community, community meet students

Let’s welcome area students to Granite Falls!

  • Getting Connected with Granite Falls on Tuesday, August 23rd from 11:00 am – 2:00pm in our Student Commons

The goal of this event is to familiarize our students, especially those new to the area, with the outstanding products and services that are available right here in town. This is a perfect opportunity to speak with students directly and inform them of who you are and what you do. Maybe you are even looking to recruit a few new employees! We would like the businesses available from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m. in the Commons Area – each vendor will be able to give a brief introduction at around 11:00 a.m.We will be handing out “passport cards” for students to have signed by vendors which would make them eligible for prizes throughout the day.  

  • 2016-2017 Minnesota West Granite Falls Campus Student Discount Program This program is designed to bring the students out into the community to patronize local merchants/businesses.  Each participating business will display the Student Discount poster in their business window/counter. Students must show their Minnesota West student ID card to receive the Discount.  We ask discounts be at your discretion and valid from August 22nd, 2016 – May 31st, 2017.

It remains our goal to get our students into the community and hope these events will aid us in doing so. If you wish to participate in either the ‘Getting Connected’ event on Tuesday, August 23rd or would like additional posters for the Minnesota West Student Discount Program, please contact Mary Enestvedt at mary.enestvedt@mnwest.edu or 320-564-5010.  Thank you for supporting the Granite Falls Campus of Minnesota West Community & Technical College!  :