Business lending is core to our work. We’re a gap financer, which means we partner with banks, economic development groups, private investors and
Believe in Southwest
A Message from President/CEO Diana Anderson
I love inspiring quotes from smart, thoughtful people. They pack so much meaning into just a few words and motivate us to think and act in noble ways.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was a businessman, soldier, conservationist, and the 26th president of the United States. He challenged everyday citizens to, "Do what you can, where you are, and with what you have."
Through my work at Southwest Initiative Foundation, I have the opportunity to connect with innovative entrepreneurs, dedicated community leaders, enthusiastic educators, sharp students—and so many others. They are doing what they can, where they are, with what they have to make our region strong and vibrant.
Here are some of my experiences connecting with the people who impact southwest Minnesota.
President/CEO Diana Anderson shares her Memorial Day experience in Luverne, Minn. The soggy weather did not dampen the gratitude that folks across
Have you seen the big red building as you drive through Worthington on I-90 and Highway 59? It started as a tourist attraction but today is home to
April is Month of the Young Child. Since 2003, Southwest Initiative Foundation has been part of a statewide Early Childhood Initiative to make sure
Action Trackchair started in Marshall in 2008 by owner Tim Swenson. This company is changing lives...and getting a lot of well-deserved attention for
I was in Pipestone on Wednesday for pie and coffee with community leaders at the legendary Lange’s Cafe. Through the conversations we had, I was
I was in Montevideo and Olivia this week to meet with community leaders, and I was blown away by the work these communities are doing to keep
In every community I visit, employers tell me they are having a hard time finding skilled workers to fill the job openings they have. It’s a
On this week’s Regional Road Trip, we had a wonderful visit to Benson, home of our board member Janet Lundebrek (pictured at far right) who is the
This week we kicked off our Regional Road Trip with stops in Worthington and Luverne, hosted by our board members Greg Raymo and Tim Connell. It's