The Entrepreneur Fund actively partners with entrepreneurs to stimulate the growth of successful businesses. Our service area includes Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis Counties in Minnesota and Douglas County in Wisconsin.
To have vibrant communities across our region that are created and sustained by entrepreneurs.
Our strategic services and creative financing improves business performance and the capacity of entrepreneurs to achieve growth and start new ventures. We ensure that talent, jobs and wealth stay in the region—and often make a global impact.
Founded in 1989 by Mary Mathews in response to an economic downturn that devastated employment levels in the natural resource industries of northeastern Minnesota, the Entrepreneur Fund was created to promote and foster entrepreneurship throughout the region and in the communities we serve. At inception, classroom training, consulting and loans up to $25,000 were provided for individuals seeking to start a new business.