The Entrepreneur Fund Announces 11 Business Owners Complete Be Strategic Program in Grand Rapids, MN

Grand Rapids, Minnesota – December 19, 2017: The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased to announce 11 business owners completed the fall session of Be Strategic: Grow Your Business (Be Strategic) in Grand Rapids, MN. Be Strategic is a carefully designed business acceleration program for established entrepreneurs seeking 25% revenue growth over three years. In addition to the skills and resources learned during the course, graduates receive follow-up business advisement, peer group facilitation and access to low-interest financing to implement their growth strategies and achieve 25% revenue growth by 2020.

“It is always incredible to witness the transformation of business owners who take Be Strategic,” said Ian Carlstrom, Business Advisor at Entrepreneur Fund. “This Grand Rapids session was excellent. The business owners learned from each other’s experiences as well as the course curriculum. They’re ready to take on the new year and are positioned to grow.”

2017 Be Strategic: Grow Your Business Graduates - Grand Rapids, MN
2017 Be Strategic: Grow Your Business Graduates – Grand Rapids, MN

Grand Rapids business owners completing the six-session series included:

  • Abram Osborne, Gadget ER
  • Kim Brown, Great Northern Equipment
  • Kelly Porter and Georgia Sarich, Kelly G’s Wild Rice Burgers
  • Paul Haddix, Paul Haddix Locksmithing
  • Wendy Uzelac, Remax 1000 Lakes
  • John Schroeder, Schroeder Log Home Supply
  • Amanda and Brendan Grubbs, Spartan Fitness
  • Lisa and Dean Carsrud, Absolute PCA

“I had never known the point or importance of doing simple things like creating a mission and a vision statement,” said Brendan Grubbs, fitness coach and owner of Spartan Fitness. “Thanks to Be Strategic, I have created both and I understand the importance.”

The Be Strategic program is a six-session series providing business owners with a long-term strategic plan, improved marketing, finance and management skills and a strong network of regional business peers. Participants are paired with an experienced Entrepreneur Fund Business Advisor for counsel in implementing their strategic plans and accessing other resources such as financing to execute their growth strategies. For more information about the Be Strategic program, please visit

About The Entrepreneur Fund

The Entrepreneur Fund is the resource for entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota, central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The Entrepreneur Fund has fueled more than 14,000 businesses with expert support and funded over $48 million in loans since 1989. The Entrepreneur Fund is dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurship in the region, while also supporting and increasing economic development. Through this strategic approach, the Entrepreneur Fund promotes the entrepreneurial spirit and helps create economic wealth and diversity in northeast Minnesota, central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. For more information, visit

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