Economic Gateway http://www.bentonpartnership.org Benton Economic Partnership, Inc. News RSS Feed Thu, 15 Nov 2018 08:31:51 -0800 en-us Helping Startups Succeed—and Stay—in the Midwest http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19768 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 At the University of Minnesota, launching a new company is one of several ways that breakthrough research can move beyond the lab to benefit the public. But finding the right leader, with the right ex... Number of Women-Owned Businesses Increased Nearly 3,000% since 1972, According to New Research http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19767 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 14 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The Eighth Annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Commissioned by American Express, Finds Women Are Starting an Average of 1,821 Net New U.S. Businesses a Day Number of Firms Owned by Minor... Rochester, Twin Cities Ranked Among Most Innovative On Earth http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19766 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 13 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 The Australian data research company 2thinknow released its 11th annual Innovation Cities Index this month. See how Minnesota cities ranked. ROCHESTER, MN — Innovation isn't easy. Case in... Downtown Sauk Rapids Growing as a Popular Destination http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19704 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 It’s an exciting time to be in downtown Sauk Rapids! The city first made it a priority in the 1990s to build up the downtown area, beginning by adding restaurants and stores. Fast-forward to tod... How are we doing? Minnesota near top of 'best economy' states http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19765 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 12 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 A ranking of state economies using metrics like poverty rate, home ownership, job growth and education puts Minnesota ahead of California (and, more important, Wisconsin).  USA Today repo... MEDA recognized as best (again) by U.S. Commerce Department http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19763 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Sun, 11 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Minneapolis-based MEDA, the nonprofit minority business counselor and lender, has been recognized for a third consecutive year by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the nation’s top performer am... New York Times sends reporter to State Fair, discovers Minnesota's greatness http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19762 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 09 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Our beloved Minnesota State Fair gets a glowing feature — and they didn't even make fun of us.  This is no grape salad write-up. No outrage needed this time, Minnesota. Yep, the New ... Minnesota's unemployment rate hits an 18-year low, with good trends for blacks, hispanics and teens http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19761 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 08 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Minnesota is enjoying it's third highest 3-month job growth rate since 1990. There's more good economic news for Minnesota when it comes to job growth. Department of Employment and Econo... Innovation Voucher Award Program http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19760 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 07 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Financial Awards Give Small Businesses Access to Technical Assistance The Innovation Voucher Award Program provides $5,000 to $25,000 awards to help small businesses purchase technical as... 3 Percent http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19748 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 06 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 MN's unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent for four years straight Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since June 2000 – 3 percent.... A Home by the River: Why Sartell is Perfect for Your Family http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19703 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 05 Nov 2018 00:00:00 -0800 Get in on the action and join the growing community of Sartell, Minnesota! There has been an abundance of activity here over the last two decades, as families recognize the beauty and potential of our... Rising Again: New Hope for the Future of the Verso Paper Mill Site http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19332 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 29 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 There’s new hope for the site of the old Verso paper mill in Sartell, Minnesota. The Benton Economic Partnership is part of the team working to redevelop the site and bring it to life again. A t... Foley, Minnesota: A Thriving Rural Community http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19331 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 22 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Looking for a new community to call your own? You should consider the growing city of Foley, Minnesota. You’ll feel like a member of an extended family here—especially during Foley Fun Day... No More Potholes: Innovation Leads to Better Highways in Benton County http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19330 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Drivers, great news! You don’t have to worry about construction on a portion of Highway 25 for at least the next two decades. Crews recently repaved a seven-mile stretch of road between south Fo... Why Rice, Minnesota is the Perfect Place To Raise Your Family http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19329 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 08 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 If you’re looking for a tight-knit community in which to raise your family, the city of Rice, Minnesota is the perfect place! Rice has been steadily growing over the past several years. More tha... St. Cloud Airport Business Park: Why Building Here is a Smart Financial Decision http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19328 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 05 Oct 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Business owners! There’s a fantastic investment opportunity just waiting for your signature. Consider joining the growing industrial community at the St. Cloud Airport Business Park. You’l... Executive Express opens transit hub in Waite Park, puts customer experience first http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18660 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 WAITE PARK — Executive Express, a local transportation company offering travelers hassle-free rides to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, opened its new Waite Park tr... Low-Interest Loans Available to New Business Owners http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18893 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 24 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 ... Press Bar owners: 'We're just trying to get rid of the dirty bar atmosphere' http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18659 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 ST. CLOUD — The Press Bar in downtown St. Cloud has had the reputation of being a dirty, outdated place to grab a drink. But owners Andy and Jessie Welsh, who purchased the bar in Apri... Qualified Opportunity Funds Are Taking Shape http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19172 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Is Minnesota Ready? The Kresge Foundation released this article last Friday providing a picture of how some of the first Qualified Opportunity Funds are taking shape. Nearly 150 letters o... Minnesota solar market surges http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18658 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Wed, 19 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Minnesota’s solar market grew significantly in the first quarter, adding 105 megawatts of power, the fifth most among states during that time, according to data released. Minnesota has total ... Sampling the Flavors of Benton County http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=19139 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Harvest is the perfect season to check out the Hops Capital of Minnesota Beer lovers: now is the perfect time to visit Benton County. This area has fast become the Hops Capital of Minnesota, an... In a tight labor market, Minnesota employers look to an under-utilized labor pool: workers with disabilities http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18657 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 On the main floor of the Minneapolis-based Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI), Karen Howson is busy arranging piles of flat plastic sheets and transferring them to a nearby production li... Benton Economic Partnership Assisting with Crucial Airport Study http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18892 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Mon, 17 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 The Benton Economic Partnership is playing a vital role in a study that could reshape the future of the St. Cloud Regional Airport, and increase its economic impact on the region. Right now, the airpo... Minnesota named third best state for summer road trips http://www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media/?item=18656 www.bentonpartnership.org/bentonmn/news-and-media Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Safety helps make Minnesota one of the best states in the U.S. to take a drive.  When the orange construction cones come out, Minnesotans know it’s time to hit the road. Luckily, we l...