How can communities expand their business base and foster an entrepreneurial culture for a healthier area economy? eNFUSE is the Entrepreneur Fund’s community-driven initiative for business owners and entrepreneurs operating in Ely, Grand Marais, Grand Rapids and Hibbing.

eNFUSE is a community-based program designed to:

  • Stimulate small business growth and boost entrepreneurial activity
  • Provide services and resources for small businesses to achieve growth
  • Improve the entrepreneurial environment of participating communities
  • Engage local leaders, partners and key stakeholders in collectively supporting entrepreneurship in the community

How It Works

The Entrepreneur Fund convenes local leaders, partners and stakeholders at a visioning session to define a plan for their community. Combining local leadership with the Entrepreneur Fund’s proven programs, eNFUSE helps emerging businesses increase revenue, expand capabilities and access financing. eNFUSE includes access to an array of programs and services to stimulate small business growth and business owner knowledge. These services include strategic advising, quarterly workshops on relevant business topics, networking events and an annual Be Strategic: Grow Your Business training program.


Own a business? Interested in participating in eNFUSE activities? If your business is located in one of the participating communities contact your local Business Advisor below. If your business is located elsewhere, contact us to learn how we can help.

Steve Surbaugh
Business Consultant
Cook County

Click here to download the workshop schedule.


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development