We support local businesses, employees and families to help create economic mobility for everyone in our communities.
Southwest Initiative Foundation is your partner for starting and growing businesses, improving access to local child care and more.
Start or Grow Your Business
Invest in Economic Development
What’s standing in the way of achieving your business dreams?
- You need financing and support to get your idea off the ground.
- You need help figuring out what to do first – and how to do it right.
- You want to talk to a real person who can help you get started.
We are committed to creating jobs and opportunities for everyone.
Our economic development work ensures southwest Minnesota has a diverse and thriving business community.
Our work includes:
- Business financing
- Technical assistance and training for entrepreneurs
- Partnerships to grow local economic development
- Support for local child care solutions
- And more!
3 Ways to Get Connected
Come to us for creative financing solutions. We partner with banks and credit unions, economic development organizations, nonprofit lenders and private investors to support your business idea.
Initiate Prosperity: Powered By Southwest Initiative Foundation gives you free 24/7 access to virtual content including customized how-to videos, quick references and resources to start and grow your business.
Child Care Solutions
Access to child care is the fastest growing economic issue in southwest Minnesota. We’re your partner in finding solutions that help families, employers and communities.
3 Steps to Making a Difference
Get in touch.
Tell us about your business idea by filling out the Business Readiness Tool.
Find what you need.
We offer customized assistance and financing for all types of businesses.
Make your mark.
Make your dream a reality by launching your small business.
What Community Leaders Are Saying…
“We really appreciate the community and foundations like SWIF that believe in small towns and ultimately small business. It’s something you don’t think about until it’s gone. We appreciate the people who appreciate that we’re here and all the help we have to stay going.”
Gina Rauk, Pipestone Floral (Pipestone)
“We could’ve got a loan at a bank, but we went with Southwest Initiative Foundation for two reasons. First, help with QuickBooks. … And second, SWIF will do everything that they can to ensure you’re successful in what you do.”
Valerie Mackenthun, Compass Occasions (Hutchinson)