Rural Entrepreneurial Virtual Incubator

The Rural Entrepreneurial Virtual Incubator Project

HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

If you are a one person business, you know about the struggle of working alone and trying to be not only the production person and manager, but also the bookkeeper, marketing director, etc. -so many roles to fill and so little time.  Who can you turn to for help?

If you could use help with legal, accounting, marketing, graphic design, etc. we may be able to provide professional assistance at NO COST TO YOU.

GPS 45:93 has received funding from the Initiative Foundation to create a Rural Entrepreneurial Virtual Incubator (REVI) program for businesses located in Isanti, Kanabec, and Pine counties.  Through this program we have identified attorneys, accountants and other professionals to provide their services to you at no cost. 

GETTING REGISTERED

If you are interested in learning if you qualify for these free services, please click on this link http://mnsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/ClientPresignup.action?centerID=8 to register with the Minnesota Small Business Development Center.  It takes only a few minutes to complete the registration.

 NEXT STEP

Once you have registered, you will receive an email letting you know that your application has been received and that I will be contacting you to set an appointment.  At our one on one confidential meeting, we will discuss your business and the issues you need to address.

 ADDITIONAL FREE PROFESSIONAL HELP

Based upon the finding from our meeting, I will contact the other professional service providers and connect you with these people so that you will be able to have your needs addressed.

PROGRAM GOAL

The goal of this program is to assist 25 businesses in the region over the next year so that one half of them can grow their business by at least one employee.  The expectation for the businesses is that some initial free services will make it possible for the business to address issues and find opportunities to grow their business and thus add an additional employee.

Ideally we are seeking firms with the potential to grow.  We will be looking at things, such as the business having a market niche, the experience and/or skills of the owner, longevity of the firm, prior business performance, and fiscal position.

To learn more about this program, please call me

Tom Willett at 763-691-858 or email me tom@trwconsulting86.com

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Initiative Foundation. The SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, and regional support partners.

Serving on the GSP Executive Committee has not only helped develop a regional perspective, but it has led directly to attracting a Mariah Power assembly operation within our area.

Sara Treiber
Director of Economic Development
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe