Our entrepreneurship/microloan team never slows down, which is good news for our SWIF loan clients. When I stop to think about the number of people we’ve helped start, expand or transition from their business through this program, I’m amazed. From bakeries, floral shops and theaters to manufacturers, landscapers and computer technicians—SWIF’s microloan program touches all types of businesses that provide services we need in our communities. Not to mention, SWIF’s microloan clients make up some of my favorite places to stop for coffee or lunch and/or do a little shopping when traveling throughout our region!
Congratulations are in order for our team this week, as they’ve received exciting news that speaks to the level of their work with entrepreneurs in our region. First, Program Coordinator Berny Berger was selected to serve on a panel at the SBA Conference this week. Second, Berny, Kurt Thompson, Jackie Turner-Lovsness, and Greg Jodzio were selected to present at the upcoming AEO (Association for Enterprise Opportunity) National Conference. Topics will include SWIF’s Encore Entrepreneurship program and CORE website.
And, in case this isn’t enough to make you a believer in our program, the team recently interviewed a number of clients to get a first-hand perspective of SWIF’s impact on their business. I hope you’ll be as inspired as I was seeing and listening to them share comments. Southwest Minnesota can be proud of the many business owners making a difference in our communities!
Watch the video now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik6zZtLGiKg&feature=youtu.be