Founded in 1999, the nonprofit Learning Funhouse child care center serves families from all over Renville County. Southwest Initiative Foundation supports community planning, public policy, project investment and technical assistance, public relations and appreciation, and professional development for child care in southwest Minnesota.
Ruben and Wendi Valdez have opened Auto Nation repair shop in Redwood Falls with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program and DEED’s Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program. The new business is located one block off Minnesota Highway 71 along Redwood Falls Airport Road.
Tania Krueger is expanding her wellness business in Winsted with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Microenterprise Loan Program. Tania’s Wellness Corner is a natural health center with emphasis on pain management, healthy weight management and relaxation therapy.
Lifelong friends Dawn Lippert and Rochelle Peterson have been through a lot together, and now they can add business ownership to the list. The pair opened Mainstream Boutique in Willmar this year with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Microenterprise Loan Program.
Harley Pfarr has opened a new business — River Valley Low Voltage — with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s Microenterprise Loan Program. The company provides low voltage and communications services to residential, commercial, farm, and government.
Roxanne Landers and Christopher Daniels have started a new brewpub in an abandoned Grove City gas station with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program. Minnesota Beer Company opened to the public in May and is located at at 510 West Atlantic Avenue.