Hutchinson sign printing and graphic arts business benefits from Microenterprise Loan Program
MAY 5, 2010—Crow River Signs, owned by A.J. and Jessica Forcier, recently received loan assistance from the Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program for the start up of their sign printing and graphic arts business in Hutchinson. The Forciers recently purchased the business from A.J.’s father and relocated the business to 300 Highway 7 West in Hutchinson.
Crow River Signs will be a one-stop advertising company by providing all printing services, including promotional products, logo design, embroidery and screen printing of clothing, business printing and commercial signage. A specialty service includes vehicle and boat wraps. The Forciers can be reached at (320) 234-9727, or learn more about the business online at www.crowriversigns.com.
“Jessica and A.J. are ready to branch out on their own with this venture, having worked in the business for several years under A.J.’s father,” said SWIF Program Officer Kurt Thompson. “We’re happy to be able to provide assistance to the business.”
Proceeds from the loan will be used to purchase specialized printing equipment for the business. SWIF’s Microenterprise Loan Program offers loans of up to $35,000 for starting or expanding for-profit small businesses located within the 18 counties of southwest Minnesota that have a need for additional sources of funds. In addition, technical assistance is available from SWIF as needed for the length of the loan. The program receives funding assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a regional community foundation dedicated to advancing southwest Minnesota through leadership, relationship building, program development and philanthropy. The Foundation has contributed more than $50 million through its grant and loan programs in southwest Minnesota. It has also helped more than 480 businesses start or expand through its business finance programs, which have created or retained more than 7,600 jobs. The Southwest Initiative Foundation is an equal opportunity provider. To learn more, visit www.swifoundation.org.