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LOAN PROGRAMS

  • Faribault County Revolving Loan Fund: The Revolving Loan Fund is administered by the Economic Development Authority of Faribault County and can be used as a source of gap financing for working capital, equipment, inventory, building construction and renovation. To qualify, your business must be located in Faribault County.
  • City of Blue Earth Revolving Loan Fund: The Revolving Loan Fund is administered by the Economic Development Authority of the City of Blue Earth and can be used as a source of gap financing for working capital, equipment, inventory, building construction and renovation. To qualify, your business must be located in the City of Blue Earth.
  • City of Wells Revolving Loan Fund: The Revolving Loan Fund is administered by the Economic Development Authority of the City of Wells and can be used as a source of gap financing for working capital, equipment, inventory, building construction and renovation. To qualify, your business must be located in the City of Wells.
  • City of Winnebago Revolving Loan Fund:The Revolving Loan Fund is administered by the Economic Development Authority of the City of Winnebago and can be used to provide assistance for infrastructure, loans, loan guarantees, interest buy-downs, and other forms of participation with private sources of financing. To qualify, your business must be located in the City of Winnebago.
  • Small Business Development Loan Program: The Small Business Development Loan Program is designed to help small manufacturing and industrial businesses (usually, those with 500 employees or less) located or intending to locate in Minnesota on loans up to a maximum of $5 million. The purpose is to create jobs and provide loans for business expansions. This program in offered by the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
  • Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans (B &I): The Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan program administered by the USDA, and is designed to help create jobs and stimulate rural economies by providing financial backing for rural businesses. Businesses located in towns or cities with a population less than 50,000 may use this program for acquisition, start-up and expansion of businesses that create rural employment.
  • Micro Enterprise Loan Program: The Micro Enterprise Loan Program is administered by Region 9 Development Commission. The program is meant to provide capital for start-up and expansion for the small business activity not served by traditional lenders. The funds may be used for all costs demonstrated as essential for the project, including working capital, inventory, machinery and equipment, and building and leasehold improvements.
  • Energy Efficient Equipment Fund (E3 Fund): The E3 Fund is administered by Great River Energy and provides financing to commercial and industrial customers purchasing and installing energy efficient equipment.
  • 504 Loan Program Debt Refinancing: The 504 Debt Refinancing Program is available through the 504 Corporation. The purpose is to allow expanding small businesses to restructure qualified existing debt as part of new 504 loans to free up critical capital to expand business and create jobs. Independently-owned and for-profit businesses with a net worth of 8.5 million or less are eligible.
  • Minnesota Community Capital Fund (MCCF): MCCF has a $50,000 minimum and a $2,500,000 maximum with fixed and adjustable rate loans available. Monies can be used for fixed assets, building construction, leasehold improvements and renovations; acquisition, renovation, or moving machinery and equipment; and working capital loans secured by fixed assets with fixed repayment schedules. This fund is available in the city of Blue Earth.
  • Small Enterprise Loan Fund: The Small Enterprise Loan Fund is available through the Southern Minnesota Initiave Foundation (SMIF). The loans are available to start or expand a manufacturing, retail, or service business. Loans of up to $35,000 may be used for inventory, supplies, machinery/equipment, or working capital. 

ENTREPRENEURIAL SERVICES

  • Counselors to America's Small Business (SCORE): SCORE is a nonprofit association that is dedicated to educating entrepreneurs. It is America's premier source of free and confidential small business advice.
  • Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA provides programs and services to help your small business start, grow and succeed.
  • Enterprise Minnesota: Enterprise Minnesota helps small and medium sized manufacturers compete and grow.
  • Riverbend Center Entrepreneurial Facilitation (RCEF): The RCEF provides a grassroots approach to identify, encourage, and support homegrown innovation as an important economic development strateg, by helping turn the homegrown ideas into new jobs or retained jobs while assisting individuals, entrepreneurs, inventrepreneurs, and existing business to achieve their respective goals.
  • Region Nine Development Commission: Region Nine provides technical assistance, grant writing, and loan programs to assist in increasing the number of jobs and wealth in the region.
  • Small Biz U: Small Biz U is an online learning classroom that is designed specifically for entrepreneurs and small businesses by teaching money, marketing, and management through a range of courses across all functional areas of small business.
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