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Initiative Foundation

Brian Voerding
(320) 632-9255
Capacity
Starting, Growing
Supporting business capacity development in the Mille Lacs region.

ILT Academy

Nick Tietz
(651) 755-3524
Capacity
Starting, Growing
Offering capacity building and educational resources for startup businesses.

Growth Innovations

Stan Gustafson
(218) 927-2172
Connections
Starting, Growing
Facilitating business networking and growth in the Mille Lacs region.

Family Rise Together

ChaQuana McEntyre
(218) 461-1722
Capacity
Starting, Growing
Providing capacity building and support for family-centered businesses.

Family Freedom Center

Jacob Bell
(218) 522-4445
Capacity
Starting, Growing
Enhancing business capacity and growth opportunities in the community.

East Central Regional Development Commission (ECRDC)

Jordan Zeller
(320) 679-4065
Connections
Starting, Growing
Supporting business growth and connections in East Central region.

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce

Aubrey Hagen
(218) 722-5501
Connections
Starting, Growing
Networking and resource provision for business startups and growth in the Duluth area.

Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation

Ida Rukavina
(218) 735-3023
Capital
Starting, Growing
Providing capital and support for business development in multiple counties.

County St. Louis

Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Pine

Lezlie Sauter
Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Mille Lacs

Dillon Hayes
Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Lake

(800) 450-8832
Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Koochiching

Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Kanabec

Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Itasca

Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Cook

Theresa Bajda
Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Carlton

Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

County Aitkin

Mark Jeffers
Connections
Starting, Growing
County Contact for Business Development

Community and Economic Development Associates

Ron Zeigler
(507) 867-3164
Connections
Starting, Growing
Offering support for business connections and growth in designated counties.

Cloquet Economic Development Authority

Holly Hansen
(218) 879-2507 X4
Connections
Starting, Growing
Providing resources and support for business startups and growth in Cloquet.

City of Duluth

Chad Ronchetti
(218) 290-8702
Connections
Starting, Growing
Facilitating business connections and growth within the city of Duluth.

Catalyst Story Institute

Philip Gilpin
(218) 208-3861
Capacity
Starting, Growing
Enhancing storytelling and creative capacity for startup and expanding businesses.

Buzz Frenzy

Dan Stocke
(218) 461-9454
Capacity
Starting, Growing
Providing marketing solutions and capacity building for new and growing businesses.

Band Red Lake Nation

Sharon James
(218) 679-3341
Connections
Starting, Growing
Supporting business development and networking for the Red Lake Nation.

202 W Superior St , Suite 600

Duluth, MN 55802

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