For Funders & Investors

Multiplying Our Impact

We partner with mission based funders and investors that are dedicated to supporting and growing small businesses across our region. We seek to…

Partner with Small Business Owners to Achieve Their Goals.
Increase Access and Reducing Barriers to Entrepreneurship.
Drive Local Prosperity.
Bolster Economic Growth & Diversity.

For Funders

Why Entrepreneur Fund

You invest in us. We invest in entrepreneurs.
We are a mission-based lender.

  • We are a nonprofit
  • We are a CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution)

We leverage funds to have a multiplying effect on your donation.

Foundations & Governments

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of foundations and government funders. The philanthropic capital and grants our partners make allow us to build innovative solutions that create vibrant, prosperous communities for all. Entrepreneurs in every corner of our 17-county region benefit from our shared mission, strategic partnership and synergy around supporting and prioritizing small business.

Financial Institutions

We partner with financial institutions, including local, regional and national banks, to channel more capital into economically challenged communities, helping them achieve their community development goals and promote economic prosperity.

As a CDFI, we partner with financial institutions that are working hard to have a positive impact in their local communities. The two common ways we partner with banks are (1) referrals to and from and (2) funding to EF to support our work in under-resourced communities such as business owners with low to moderate incomes, women, BIPOC owners, and others.

Donors By Funding

U.S. Small Business Administration

MN IRRRB

MN DEED

Bank of America

Wells Fargo

Opportunity Finance Network

Dakota Resources

U.S. Department of Agriculture

CDFI Fund

National Bank of Commerce

Midwest MN CDC

City of Duluth + DEDA

Otto Bremer Trust

Blandin Foundation

CNote

Great River Energy

U.S. Bank

Bush Foundation

CommonSpirit Health

Northland Foundation

St. Louis County

City of Cloquet EDA

BMO Harris Bank

Episcopal Church

Wisconsin Business Development Corporation

North Shore Bank of Commerce

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Members Cooperative Credit Union

Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation

MN Dept of Agriculture

TCF Bank

LISC Duluth

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Federal Home Loan Bank

Initiative Foundation

Associated Bank

Security State Bank of Hibbing

Timberlake Lodge

COGGS (Cyclists of the Gitchee Gumee Shores)

Nelson Wood Shims

Katrina Lynn Consulting

JMR Financial Group

Rural Living Environments

be.Media House and The Lake and Company

INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Anonymous (9)

Aaron Haugen

Ann Possis

Chris Fulton

Chris Swanson

Dawn Hagen

Diane Weber

Jack Ryan

Janie Moore

Jim Boyd

John & Julie Foucault

John Acheson

July George

Maggie Becker

Mark Glasnapp

Mary Mathews

Michael Lattery

Mike Carlson

Mike Holden

Nancy Dougherty

Pascha & Abbot Apter

Sandi Larson

Sandy Voigt

Scott Bradt

Scott Harrison

Shawn Wellnitz

Stan Tull & Pat Campanaro

Steve Surbaugh

Terry Lundberg

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