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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!

New Class Scheduled to Help Veterans to Start Businesses

It’s in Minneapolis, but it’s a great opportunity…

Boots to Business Reboot is a two-day training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership as a career vocation, an outline and knowledge of the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in opportunity recognition, and an introduction to available public and private resources.

August 10th & 11th  from 9:00am to 5:00pm  at the University of St. Thomas, Terrence Murphy Hall 100, 1000 LaSalle Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Register at: http://boots2business.org/reboot/

GreenSeam propels Southern MN an Northern IA

GreenSeam was unveiled as the new name of Project ABE on June 20, 2016. The new identify will be used to propel southern Minnesota and northern Iowa to be known as the premier ag business epicenter in the United States. Visit greenseam.org, or Facebook or Twitter to learn more.

Here’s an excerpt from their site

GreenSeam is not simply a place; it is also a state of mind and being. We have a real and visceral connection to the land we stand on. We are connected to all the people and enterprises that support, supply and stand with us. And we have a heritage that links us with the hardworking past generations whose shoulders we stand upon.

And an explanation from the St Peter Herald

The project previously Project Ag Business EpiCenter is now called GreenSeam. The branding will help southern Minnesota and northern Iowa become known more prominently for its agribusiness, and attract new ventures and expansions.

“It’s a way to position ourselves and market this region,” said Sheryl Meshke, CEO of AMPI, a dairy products producer in New Ulm. “There is the weight of responsibility and possibility that this can evoke the passion for the region in those around us.”

Special Workshop June 28-29: Register Today for Profit Mastery

Looks like a good opportunity…

SPECIAL WORKSHOP OFFERING – Register Today for Profit Mastery

Join SBDC business consultants Curt Walczak and Shannon Benolken for this two-day workshop which includes instruction on using tools to take active control of your finances, evaluating and managing cost patterns, succession planning and transition, making your business bankable, and much more.

When: June 28 and 29, 2016

Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: *$99.00


UMD  Center for Economic Development

11 E. Superior St. Suite 210 | Duluth, MN 

Seating is Limited – Register now!

The workplace is a good place for emotional intelligence

Think business is all numbers? Think again. It’s making a connection to the customers, the staff and management. Dave Mortensen explains how emotional intelligence make a difference in Minnesota Business Magazine

MNBIZ: Why is emotional intelligence so important for leaders?
Emotional intelligence (EI) is what differentiates great leaders from just people who happen to be running a good business. It’s as important to care about an employee’s personal goals as it is about their impact on the business.

He shares a great lesson – definitely worth checking out and adds at least one lesson learned…

MNBIZ: How do you create a good atmosphere?
There are a couple important key traits. One, you simply have to care. Two, you’ve got to be willing to be vulnerable — letting your guard down, because that enables people to grow.

Part II: BRAC and Beyond: Creative Reuse of Former Military Installations

Upcoming class…

Part II: BRAC and Beyond: Creative Reuse of Former Military Installations

Date: Wednesday, July 20
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for nonmembers

Base realignment and closure (BRAC) is an ever-present danger for defense communities and has the potential to devastate a local economy. Redeveloping former military real estate is fraught with challenges, but economic developers armed with the appropriate tools and know-how can turn potential liabilities into community assets. There’s no single right way to respond to BRAC, and communities large and small have found various, innovative means to transform military infrastructure into thriving technology and office parks, housing developments, educational institutions, and more.

Part I: Capitalizing on Defense Department Tech-Transfer Opportunities

Upcoming class…

Part I: Capitalizing on Defense Department Tech-Transfer Opportunities
Date: Wednesday, July 13
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for nonmembers

This webinar will educate participants on the extensive, and often untapped, Department of Defense (DoD) assets that are available by law to help U.S. companies and their communities achieve technology development goals. Not solely relevant to defense communities, DoD laboratories provide EDOs in any location access to valuable technology that can develop clusters, bolster their entrepreneurial ecosystems, and make their communities more competitive in the global marketplace. Participants in this webinar will learn about the breadth of DoD lab technology, how to access it, and how EDOs can best serve as intermediary between companies and government labs. Dos and donts in technology transfer will be discussed, along with successful case studies.

Part II: Attracting Investment to Disinvested Corridors and Neighborhoods

Upcoming class…

Part II: Attracting Investment to Disinvested Corridors and Neighborhoods
Date: Wednesday, June 29
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Price: $95 for IEDC members, $135 for nonmembers

Most cities have them: distressed areas where private investment has not appeared for years. These disinvested areas, where distressed sizes of populations have grown 75% in urban areas and 139% in suburban areas from 2000 to 2010, must be addressed to combat the adverse present and long-term economic and social consequences. While the causes of disinvestment are complex, they can be targeted when economic developers partner across the public and private sector to rectify the many social, physical, and economic opportunity barriers at play. Fixing these issues, such as tackling vacancy and blight, empowering residents with economic opportunities, and revitalization or stabilization of commercial spaces can break the cycle of disinvestment and drastically improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. Learn how you and your community can attract investment to these areas, grow your local economy and tax bases, and economically empower your residents and businesses to their maximum potential.