Free Tickets Available for the Small Business Resource Expo

We wanted to share this opportunity from the SBA Minnesota District Office…

Free Tickets Available for the Small Business Resource Expo

Nov. 15, 2017 – 1:30 to 5 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington

Come early for the Profit Strategy All Stars Workshop from 11:30 to 1:30. Then walk right into the expo to find more profitable ideas waiting for you. More information at

The Small Business Resource Expo brings the most sought after expertise for small business owners and managers. Seek out exhibitors who might solve your particular problem, or gather sharp ideas from among 49 exhibitors ready to help in several ways. Every exhibitor is committed to working with companies of all sizes, whether just getting started or facing the growing pains of an established business.

Get up close and have a meaningful conversation about your business with some of the area’s top business professionals, including the SBA and our great resource partners

Register Here for the Expo
Act now and reserve your FREE ticket today.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

Those benefiting most from attending the Small Business Resource Expo are those who are:

  • Planning to hire.
  • Seeking a business loan.
  • Revamping your web site.
  • Reviewing your vendors and suppliers or seeking competitive bids.
  • Pursuing increased sales.
  • Developing a marketing plan.
  • Developing a prototype.
  • Working on a business plan.
  • Looking for ideas to jump start your business.
  • Expanding your network of professional business advisors.
  • Growing your business through social media, direct mail or other strategies.
  • Considering office space, executive-style or virtual office space.
  • Looking to regain control of your financials.
  • Searching for the best telecommunication and internet solutions to support them.

All in one place!

Stop by and meet 49 B2B exhibitors, network with other small business owners, and introduce yourself to new leads, contacts and future customers.

See you on Nov.15!

Showcasing Minnesota’s Entrepreneurs in Video

From our friends at Juniors Achievement

To celebrate entrepreneurship, take a minute to watch videos featuring some of Minnesota’s greatest entrepreneurs. Each year we induct several outstanding leaders into the JAUM Business Hall of Fame for their significant contributions to our community. Each honoree demonstrates excellence in business, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy. Their stories are incorporated into our JA curriculum to inspire local students to strive for success and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit. Watch their highlight videos to learn more about our region’s greatest entrepreneurs.

We’re Invited: Town Hall Meeting in St. Cloud on MinnesotaCare Buy-In

Looks like a good opportunity…


Town hall meeting will be free and open to the public; all St. Cloud area residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the conversation

Plan would give an estimated 100,000 more Minnesotans the choice to purchase more affordable, high-quality health insurance for themselves and their families

ST. PAUL, MN – At 9:00am on Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper will hold a town hall meeting on the “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” proposal. The plan would allow Minnesotans who purchase their health coverage on the individual market to buy-into MinnesotaCare – a program that offers high-quality insurance at more affordable prices. Lt. Governor Smith and Commissioner Piper will review the proposal with St. Cloud area residents, hear their health care stories, and discuss what we can do together to improve access to affordable health insurance.

“Minnesotans are concerned about the rising cost of health insurance for ourselves and our families. This proposal can help,” said Lt. Governor Smith. “For 25 years, MinnesotaCare has offered a more affordable choice for 100,000 Minnesotans. Governor Dayton and I strongly believe that all Minnesotans should be able to purchase this high-quality health insurance. I look forward to hearing from St. Cloud area residents about this proposal, and bringing their stories and input back to the Capitol ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session.”

Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith proposed the MinnesotaCare Buy-In last year. To lower prices and improve access for an estimated 100,000 more Minnesotans, the Governor and Lt. Governor want to give all Minnesotans who purchase their health insurance on the individual market the choice to buy into MinnesotaCare. Those who choose “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” would pay their own way – meaning the cost of their premiums would pay for their coverage.

While the Legislature did not approve MinnesotaCare Buy-In during the 2017 Legislative Session, they will have the opportunity to consider the proposal in 2018. If the plan is approved, MinnesotaCare Buy-In coverage would cost less than commercial health insurance plans. On top of those savings, Minnesotans who purchase MinnesotaCare Buy-In would still be eligible for federal tax credits through MNsure. This year, more than 70 percent of MNsure enrollees are receiving tax credits, averaging about $638 per month, or $7,656 per year.

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Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper
House Chief Author, State Representative Clark Johnson
St. Cloud residents
Area legislators

Town hall meeting to discuss MinnesotaCare Buy-In

Monday, November 6, 2017

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Health Sciences Building, Room 140
1245 Fifteenth Street North
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

To view the event page for the St. Cloud Town Hall on Facebook, click here.

SCORE LIVE Webinar: The Changing Roles of Virtual Assistants October 24 | 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

Are you overwhelmed by trying to do everything yourself in business?  Have you ever considered a virtual assistant? Today, virtual professionals do much more than simple administrative tasks—from online business management, graphic design and more.

Join this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to learn the many ways virtual experts can free up your time, so that you can focus on what you do best—build your business!

You’ll learn:

  • What is a virtual assistant
  • What a virtual professional can do for your business
  • What you can expect to pay
  • Where to find experienced virtual assistants

>Register Here

2017 a Year in Review from LqP EDA

I cannot believe we are already coming to the close of 2017.  Harvest is well underway and soon we will be wishing each other a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I look back on the year with a great sense of accomplishment, knowing that the new year will have much more to be done.  Our work is never done, but sometimes it is good to take an account of how far we have come.

I know that we all feel a call to purpose and hope that our efforts make a difference, and yet we live in a world that is ever calling us to the work yet to be done.  I hope at this time of reaping and harvest,  our efforts both in the field and in our collective jobs,  that we take the time to understand that we are all in this together and to voice the appreciation we have for our colleagues, friends and family.

I am very blessed in all areas, and I want to thank all of you for the efforts you put forward in the community, through events, volunteer efforts, your churches, and your random acts of kindness to each other along the way. I have been so blessed by so many of you in the community in your friendship, kindnesses and prayers.

I have appreciated the opportunity to serve in this county since 2013 and I will continue to do my absolute best to work alongside all of you to bring hope and prosperity to our county and to truly appreciate the wonderful place where we all live, work and play.

My door is always open to you, and I hope together we can continue to make a difference in our county and region. Hope never dies when we live in gratitude and kindness with one another.  Thanks for making my 2017 a great year!”\

2017 a Year in Review from LqP EDA County Board
2017 Status Report from the LqP EDA

Industrial Hemp a main focus on LqP EDA

Earlier this month The Western Guard wrote about our focus on hemp. As they said…

One of our biggest goals is to bring alternative crops and energy sources to Lac qui Parle County – and hemp is a big player in that goal.

You can read the full article online. Please don’t’ forget to support the local papers – The Western Guard and the Dawson Sentinel.