from our collaborative partners & neighbors
Our Startup program is lucky to have a wide variety of supporters and partners that are committed to helping businesses like you be successful. We also have some cool neighbors with unique things to offer we thought you should know about.
help with financing
Tap into our network of founding members and supporters to get help with the sometimes confusing and often intimidating process of financing your business. They understand and want to help you find the right fit.
Economic Development Commission
The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission (EDC) is a supporter of our startup program and has provided funding for Workup. They offer an Entrepreneurial Loan Guarantee Program and a Revolving Loan Fund. To get the details check their page on financing and business planning. Contact Aaron Backman or Connie Schmoll for more information.
The Southwest Initiative Foundation is a long-time supporter of our work. In fact, startup bootcamp has become part of the technical assistance they offer to their loan customers. Their Business Development team partners with banks to offer a Business Finance Program and a Microenterprise Loan Program. To get the details check their page on business loans. Contact Amy Woitalewicz or Jackie Turner for more information.
Heritage Bank - Willmar, Spicer, Pennock & Raymond
business loans & tools
Heritage Bank has been a startup supporter from the beginning because they want to help young and entrepreneurial companies be successful. There are four area branches and you should contact Dean Steinwand if you need help. He can talk you through the loan options and business tools they offer. We are loyal Heritage Bank customers and recommend them highly!
help with finding a location
As you know, our clubhouse is a coworking space called Workup, which is always an option to get you started with a business home. Here are some other resources you may want to look at as you get more serious or grow.
MinnWest Technology Campus
customizable lease space
If you'e been to Workup, then you've experienced the beauty of this 100+ acre business campus. They offer turnkey space options but they will also do custom build-outs to fit your unique needs. With all of the options, it's a great place to start and grow your space as you grow your business. Contact Joanna Schrupp for more information.
Economic Development Commission
locating commercial property
If you're looking for a business home, the EDC can talk you through some of our key, local options and/or point you in the right direction. In some cases, they can help you navigate issues with city and county government or other stakeholders in your property search. Contact Aaron Backman or Connie Schmoll for more information.
Kandiyohi.com Building & Site Search
online commercial property search
Our local EDC makes it easy to launch your search for commercial property online. Just go to their website and click on building & site search to get started.
options for retreats & meetings
There are so many cool opportunities and places to get inspired around here!
greenwater garage & gallery
art experiences & business retreats
This renovated, vintage filling station in downtown New London is one of the most unique spots in the area! The owner, Kristin Allen, curates art experiences there and can create customized business retreats to help teams get connected and inspired. Check out her quirky, cool space and offerings.
unique event space
Just outside of Brooten, MN, there is private event space with a unique on-farm location offering incredible views overlooking a farmstead and 4-acre pond. They offer brunch to dinner utilizing their homemade cheeses as well as other fresh, local products. Learn more on their website.
Goat Ridge Brewery
unique gathering & event space
Goat Ridge Brewery in New London is owned by one of our members and has hosted a few of our parties and retreats in their beautiful, private back room. They offer delicious beer and food with an amazing vibe. Hop on their webpage to find someone to talk to about your next meeting or gathering.
resources for training & education
These resources are providing opportunity to both businesses and our workforce.
customized training & degrees
Our local college may be a great resource for you. Their customized training and continuing education program partners with area business to help fill gaps in our workforce around unique skills and expertise. They also attract students from around the region who join our area workforce in a number of ways.
regular opportunities to learn
In case you didn't know, Workup offers a full list of events and opportunities to learn and collaborate. For example, every Wednesday morning from 8am - 9am we have a free event that rotates through 1 Million Cups, Social Media Breakfast and Skillshare. Watch the Club calendar for more information.
center for rural entrepreneurship
The Southwest Initiative Foundation offers a program called CORE, which is packed full of resources and online training for anyone thinking of starting a business. Go to mncore.org to dig into the details and learn more.