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  • Job Title: Business Developer Reports to: Director of Business Finance FLSA Status: Full time Location: Two openings. One position in Duluth office and one position works regionally (may office in Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Eveleth.) Do you have a passion for helping small businesses succeed? Do you want to be part of a talented and innovative […]

  • Duluth, Minnesota – The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased to grant the Mary Mathews Legacy Award to Lory Fedo, outgoing President of the Hibbing Area Chamber of Commerce. Fedo accepted the award at the 114th annual Hibbing Chamber of Commerce Dinner in February. The Mary Mathews award recognizes outstanding business leaders in northeastern Minnesota, central Minnesota and […]

  • Duluth, Minnesota – March 5, 2019: The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased to announce the addition of two new staff members. Sandi Larson joins the strategic services team as a Business Advisor in Duluth, and Maggie Becker came onboard as Development Coordinator. “Both Sandi and Maggie have been excellent additions to our team,” said Shawn Wellnitz, Entrepreneur […]

  • Duluth, Minnesota – The Entrepreneur Fund has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Small Business Administration (SBA), specifically for the Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME). This grant will allow the Entrepreneur Fund to provide programming and services for disadvantaged entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin who are focusing on growing small businesses. […]

  • Duluth, Minnesota – The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased to announce the addition of three new staff members as the organization continues to grow in lending and development in the region. Andrew Finco filled the role of Client Support Specialist, Dawn Hagen joined the financing team as a Credit Analyst, and Janie Moore came onboard as […]

Paul Forti, fourth generation owner of Sunrise Bakery in Hibbing, MN knew that something had to change in order for his family’s over 100-year-old business to survive. With a shifting economy and changing consumer preferences, “the way they’d always done it” wasn’t working anymore.