Webinar March 23: Access to Capital: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Colorado Woman-Owned Business

Webinar March 23: Access to Capital: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Colorado Woman-Owned Business

Are you having trouble obtaining funding for your business?

Through this free statewide webinar, Small Business Majority and the Colorado Enterprise Fund will help you navigate the funding landscape to connect you with resources to help you obtain the capital you need to start and grow your woman-owned business in Colorado.

For entrepreneurs, getting a loan could mean the difference between success and failure. However, one of the biggest challenges facing small business owners and entrepreneurs has been and continues to be the inability to access sufficient credit and capital.


Topics of discussion include:

  • An overview of alternative lending options including microloans, SBA’s loan guarantee program, community banks and credit unions, CDFIs, reputable online lenders and crowdfunding
  • Small Business Borrowers’ Bill of Rights
  • Key questions to consider when seeking funding
  • Tips to help determine the best option for your small business
  • Helpful tools and resources

A question and answer period will follow.


We are pleased to have The Women’s Foundation of Colorado as a sponsor and the U.S. Small Business Administration-Colorado District Office will participate in this event. 


For more information about funding options, visit our Small Business Access to Capital Resource Portal at www.smallbusinessportal.org/capital

Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon April 11

On April 11, 2017, Granite Falls Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Networking Luncheon 11:30 am – 1:00 pm that will include a visit from the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program.  Attending will be:

Jim Hegman, Deputy UI Division Director
Michael Vaughn, UI Outreach Manager
Lynne Batzli, UI Outreach Specialist

They will give a very brief presentation about the Unemployment Insurance Program. The main purpose of the visit, however, is to listen and learn about what is going on in our community. They look forward to hearing about your experiences and impressions with UI.

 Lunch will be served, please RSVP so we have an idea of the numbers. Call the chamber office at 320-564-4039 or e-mail gfchamber@mvtvwireless.com 

Webinar: Access to Capital 101: Funding Options to Start and Grow Your Business

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 needed to start and grow your business.

Upcoming Dates and Times:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 – 11:00 AM PDT / 2:00 PM EDT

Register Today!

Webcast Series for Retirement and Health Plan Sponsors Mar 14, 16 and 21

Webcast Series for Retirement and Health Plan Sponsors

Operating an employee benefit plan can be challenging, especially for small and medium sized employers who have limited time, resources, and access to professional help with benefit programs.  To help increase awareness and understanding about basic fiduciary responsibilities when operating a retirement or health benefit plan, the Department of Labor is presenting the Getting It Right – Know Your Fiduciary Responsibilities webcast series.

The webcast series will help employers and service providers understand how the fiduciary responsibility provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) apply to employer-sponsored retirement and health plans, and provide information on how to avoid common problems in managing a plan.

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00am PT
  • Thursday, March 16, 2017, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00am PT
  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00am PT

Register here


Power of the Purse: raise funds for kids! April 27

pursePower of the Purse is an exciting event that brings together women from throughout southwest Minnesota with a commitment to our youngest learners. All money raised will be used for local initiatives that help effectively prepare young children in our area for kindergarten. Proceeds from this event support efforts such as Imagination Library, Wild About Kindergarten Bags, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and more! 

The evening includes: fabulous purses, silent auction, delicious food, ladies’ night out and an investment in early childhood education! The 2017 Power of the Purse event is scheduled for 6:00pm on Thursday, April 27th at the Ramada Inn, Marshall.

Tickets are on-sale now at www.unitedwayswmn.org or can be purchased at the United Way of Southwest Minnesota office at 800 East Main Street in Marshall. Individual tickets are $40.00. Tables of six, eight and/or ten are available.

Essay Contest for students celebrating the MN State Capitol

You could be a winner

Grand Opening Essay Contest / Minnesota Capitol Restoration

The post-restoration opening of the historic Minnesota State Capitol is an opportunity for Minnesotans from every corner of the state and all walks of life to celebrate “My Minnesota Capitol.” As part of the festivities, Minnesota students are asked to consider the following prompts and craft an essay about one of them:

  1. My Minnesota Capitol. Your Minnesota Capitol. Everybody’s Capitol.

    Everyone who works or visits the Capitol uses and views it in different ways. What does the Capitol building mean to you? What do you think it represents for Minnesotans from different backgrounds, and why is it important to remember that the Capitol building is designed for every Minnesotan?

  2. A place to remember history and for history in the making.

    Many historical and symbolic moments have occurred at the State Capitol, and it will be the site of more history-making events in years to come. What is one of the most important events that occurred at the State Capitol? How do you think our state Capitol will continue to serve Minnesota as our state keeps changing, and what do you think might occur at the Capitol that will impact the future of Minnesota?

The essay contest is open to Minnesota elementary, middle and high school students in the following age groupings: Grades 3 – 5, Grades 6 – 8, and Grades 9-12. Entries will be judged by a panel of VIP judges including top policymakers, elected officials and Lt. Governor Tina Smith.  The top essay at each level will be recognized at a program at the state Capitol building on August 12, 2017, where the winning students will be invited to share their essays with their fellow Minnesotans.

Submitting an Essay

Each essay must contain the student’s name, school, home address, phone number and current grade on the front page or cover sheet. Middle and high school entries must be typed in a 12-point font, double-spaced on white 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper. Elementary school entries may be handwritten. Essays should be 250 words or fewer, and will be judged on creativity, clarity, content and adherence to the theme.

All essays must be received via email or postmarked by April 28, 2017. Emailed entries can be sent to Capitol.essays@state.mn.us. Mailed entries can be mailed to:
Minnesota Department of Administration
c/o Kathy Morgan
50 Sherburne Ave, Suite # 200
Saint Paul, MN 55117

Get some good energy by reading about brilliant women in MN’s energy industry

Great to hear about smart women!

Again for 2017, CERTs (Clean Energy Resource Teams)  interviewed 18 women who are playing major roles advancing clean energy in Minnesota. They talked with us about what they do, how they got into the field, the things that inspire them, and tips for others.

Click here to see all of the interviews