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Posts by Noelle Hagen

U.S. Treasury Approves Minnesota Opportunity Zones

128 census tracts in Minnesota to receive the designation ST. PAUL – The U.S. Department of Treasury today approved 128 low-income census tracts in Minnesota to be designated as Opportunity Zones. All of the approved census tracts were recommended to Treasury by Gov. Mark Dayton in April following recommendations from cities, counties and tribal nations. Opportunity Zones are a…

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5 Reasons to Attend ALEAP Events

Have you heard about ALEAP? ALEAP was started to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship and small businesses in Albert Lea and Freeborn County. Here’s 5 reasons why you should attend an ALEAP Event. You want to start a business. If you have been considering starting your own business and you’re ready to make a leap…

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Here’s to 2018

While 2017 may have seen its fair share of challenges there are still successes to celebrate as well as projects to look forward to in 2018. As stated by President Heinemann at the Greater Jobs Annual meeting in January, economic development doesn’t happen in a straight line. Sometimes it zigs, sometimes it zags, but no…

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ALEAP Blog: Water your plants

January – the time to change calendars and set new year’s resolutions. Looking back at past resolutions it seems like setting a resolution just hasn’t gotten me the results I wanted. Maybe it’s because just resolving to change something doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen – you must do it. Tired of setting resolutions…

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ALEAP embraces new entrepreneurs

This month marks the 10th Anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 13-19). Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators and is observed in 165 countries with 35,000 events. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight our local network of entrepreneurs and small business owners that is collaborating and…

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ALBDC Welcomes New Tenant; building now full

The Albert Lea Business Development Center (ALBDC), housed under the ALEDA umbrella, serves as a place for entrepreneurs and small business owners of Freeborn County to gain access to the resources they need; such as SCORE mentoring, financing, entrepreneur programming through the Albert Lea Entrepreneur Advancement Program (ALEAP), and incubator space.   The Albert Lea…

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