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 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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ALEAP works with local entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs and small business owners support our economy by offering 47.9 percent of jobs in Minnesota at over 500,000 businesses. Entrepreneurship may be a dream of many, but it’s not always an easy road. Many of our local companies started when someone had an idea and turned that idea into a successful business. Entrepreneurship has…

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