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!

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.

MN TAP (Technical Assistance Program) upcoming events

We wanted to share some upcoming learning opportunities on water from the University of Minnesota MN Tap…

MnTAP staff will share case studies and best practices at several events this month.

March 8: Minnesota Rural Water Association Technical Conference. Find out how energy benchmarking can help municipal wastewater operators reduce operating costs.

March 23: Chemical Coaters Association International, Twin Cities. Discover how Valley Craft, JIT Powder Coating and Nordic Ware benefited from MnTAP and MPCA expertise and financial assistance

March 29-31: Wastewater Operators Conference. Gain insights into energy benchmarking, discharge reduction and energy best practices.

March 30: Minnesota Efficient Irrigation Summit. Learn how MnTAP staff expertise can help municipalities and their business communities reduce water consumption and increase efficiency.

Education Powered by the Sun: Solar Power Forum March 10

Several school districts in Minnesota have installed solar electric systems to reduce some combustion-based electricity and have also incorporated curriculum based on the technologies. But now, the Red Wing School District is close to net zeroing out its electricity use and earning some money to aid the budget because of its renewable energy projects. The Red Wing Kindergarten class of 2017 will spend their whole education life powered by the sun.

On Friday, March 10th, Kevin Johnson, the technology coordinator for the Red Wing School District, will be presenting to the Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force. Johnson has implemented energy efficiency measures for decades to lower the costs of operating a school district. Recently, he has studied and participated in the installation of a Community Solar Garden Project. He will present on energy strategies in school systems and how to invest in renewable energy projects.
Friday, March 10, 2017
9:00-10:00 a.m. (Presentation)
10:00-11:00 a.m. (Question & Answer)

Intergovernmental Center
10 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001

This event is free and open to the public.

March 15 Cabin Fever Reliever – Veterans, Entrepreneurs, & aspiring Small-Business Owners

Veterans, Entrepreneurs, & aspiring Small-Business Owners…

Feeling ‘cooped’ up this winter?  Wanna venture out?

Come to the Lac qui Parle County


Cabin Fever Reliever

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

12pm – 4pm

LqP County Annex (West Wing MMN Elementary)

422 5th Ave Madison, MN

Come join us for food, fellowship, facts, and FUN!

Speak with Representatives from the following Agencies:


Entrepreneurs/Small Business

  • MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development
  • Small Business Development Center
  • MN Private Industry Council
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Lac qui Parle County Economic Development Authority




  • MN Department of Veterans Affairs
  • St. Cloud VA Healthcare System/ Montevideo CBOC
  • MN Assistance Council for Veterans
  • Veterans Employment Representative
  • Lac qui Parle County Veterans             Service Office