1. USDA tours projects on White Earth Reservation (Detroit Lakes Tribune, 7-29-07): The USDA's Rural Development agency has invested over $7.2 million throughout the reservation vis its Community Programs Division. Over $500,000 has been invested through the agency's Business and Cooperative programs, which help rural areas create jobs, start new businesses and invest in renewable energy ventures.
2. Have a business idea? Let the Idea Factory help (Chokio Review, 7-26-07): Paul Schwarz, marketing assistant with the Idea Factory, visits local communities once a week to talk over residents' dreams for new businesses. The Idea Factory is a co-venture of the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission and the Center for Small Towns. Microgrants are available to develop business plans.
3. Job-seekers Web site receives grant from DEED (Morris Sun Tribune-News, 7-28-07): CareerOneStop, a Web site offering career resources and workforce information has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Dept. of Labor. The aim of the Web site is to help job seekers, students, businesses and workforce professionals develop their talent in a global economy.