November 27, 2018
Duluth, Minnesota – November 27, 2018: The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased and excited to announce its newest office and second Women’s Business Alliance location in Little Falls, Minnesota. With funding from a recently-awarded grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Entrepreneur Fund will be able to provide additional services and resources to women business owners in Little Falls and surrounding areas. The Entrepreneur Fund was one of just nine nonprofit organizations chosen to receive funding for new Women’s Business Centers this year.
The Entrepreneur Fund is excited to not only open another location, but also add another Women’s Business Alliance Director to the team. Sandy Voigt brings a wide range of experience in economic development and loan administration. Prior to joining the Entrepreneur Fund, Voigt spent the last four years at Region Five Development Commission in Staples, Minnesota and over a decade at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, Minnesota working with business financing loan programs, fund development and administering technical assistance programs for businesses.
“This is such incredible news for women business owners in central Minnesota,” said Sandy Voigt, Women’s Business Alliance Director in Little Falls. “The Entrepreneur Fund has been supporting our clients from a home office in Duluth and opening this new location in Little Falls will allow us to forge stronger connections with female entrepreneurs throughout more of Minnesota. I am proud to be a member of the Entrepreneur Fund team.”
The Entrepreneur Fund will be celebrating this new office with an Open House event on Friday, November 30, 2018. The local business community is invited to attend, enjoy a light lunch buffet, meet the Entrepreneur Fund team and learn more about programs and services available to women entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneur Fund Women’s Business Alliance Open House
- Friday, November 30, 2018
- 11:00am – 2:00pm with a brief program at 11:30am
- 309 1st St. NE. Suite 103. Little Falls, MN 56345
The Entrepreneur Fund’s Women’s Business Alliance initiative provides women business owners with services to start and grow businesses. This work complements that of SBA partner organizations and is targeted at developing professional leadership and expanding entrepreneurial skills. With workshops, training opportunities, services and resources tailored to meet the needs of women business owners, this regional resource will offer business advising and networking opportunities that support strategies for professional and business growth.
“The business community in central Minnesota is teeming with activity,” said Shawn Wellnitz, CEO of the Entrepreneur Fund. “We’re excited to be opening a second Women’s Business Alliance and providing additional resources for women business owners throughout Minnesota.”
The SBA Women’s Business Centers are a national network of more than 100 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing and procurement.
In the 2017 fiscal year, the Women’s Business Center program counseled and trained nearly 150,000 entrepreneurs nationwide. According to the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, there are 9.9 million women-owned businesses in the United States. They employ more than eight million workers, provide more than
$264 billion in wages and salaries to employees and contribute $1.4 trillion in sales to the national economy.
For more information about the Women’s Business Alliance, please visit: www.EntrepreneurFund.org/Womens-Business-Alliance/. This program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
About The Entrepreneur Fund
The Entrepreneur Fund is the resource for entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The Entrepreneur Fund has fueled more than 14,000 businesses with expert support and funded over $41 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 and northwest Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.EntrepreneurFund.org.