Who We Are

Empowering entrepreneurs & communities to write their own narrative.

We believe entrepreneurs and small businesses have the profound power to shape thriving and inclusive communities across our region. By harnessing the power of entrepreneurs we have the opportunity to diversify local economies, tackle systemic issues, create high quality living wage jobs, increase community vibrancy, and provide profound opportunities for communities to write their own narrative and tell their own story of progress and growth. Every day we partner with entrepreneurs to make this a reality.

Our Mission

To actively partner with entrepreneurs to create growing businesses, thriving communities, and a diverse regional economy.

Our Mission

Our Vision

Vibrant communities across our region that are created and sustained by entrepreneurs.

Our Region

We focus on serving entrepreneurs and businesses located in 17 counties across Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have five offices located across our service region in Duluth, Eveleth, Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Little Falls.

Entrepreneur Fund Service Region includes the counties of:

  • Aitkin
  • Benton
  • Carlton
  • Cass
  • Cook
  • Crow Wing
  • Douglas (WI)
  • Itasca
  • Kanabec
  • Koochiching
  • Lake
  • Mille Lacs
  • Morrison
  • Pine
  • Stearns
  • St. Louis
  • Todd

We are a CDFI.

What does that mean?

Community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are private financial institutions that are 100% dedicated to delivering responsible, affordable lending to help low-income, low-wealth, and other under-resourced people and communities join the economic mainstream. CDFIs spark job growth and retention in hard-to serve markets across the nation.

CDFIs are profitable but not profit-maximizing. We put community first, not the shareholder. For more than 30 years, CDFIs have a proven track record of making an impact in areas of America that need it most. To learn more visit: Opportunity Finance Network

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