Under the leadership of the Minnesota Chamber and local chamber partners, Grow Minnesota! will promote statewide collaboration on growingMinnesota's economy.
Grow Minnesota! will improve the economic vitality of Minnesota by 1) Encouraging companies to remain and expand in Minnesota; 2) Establishing stronger ties among private -sector companies and their business advocates; Recommending community and public-sector responses to the trends affecting the development of the state's economy.
Over time, Grow Minnesota! will assume the responsibility of marketing Minnesota to the nation and world.
Grow Your Business
Grow Minnesota! is Minnesota's first purely private sector, statewide business retention and expansion program. Its primary goal is to strengthen and grow Minnesota's economy. Initiated by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in 2003, Grow Minnesota! is carried out in partnership with 80 local chambers of commerce and economic development organizations from across the state.
The Minnesota Chamber firmly believes the private sector must take the lead on retention visits giving economic development more "eyes and ears" statewide.
‘Get Ready to Grow’
Small businesses receive $5.5 million in assistance
Ninety small businesses in Minnesota received a shot in the arm to weather the current economy, thanks to more than $5.5 million in grants and loans distributed by the Minnesota Chamber Foundation. Funding for the loans and grants was provided by the Pohlad Family Foundation and administered through Grow Minnesota!, the Minnesota Chamber’s private-sector initiative focusing on job retention and creation. These businesses are located in 62 communities.
The money was distributed through grants and low-interest loans. The lion’s share of applicants sought grants to retain key employees. Local chamber of commerce partners and other private-sector economic development organizations played a key role in receiving and reviewing applications.
Grow Minnesota! is Minnesota's first purely private sector, statewide business retention and expansion program. Its primary goal is to strengthen and grow Minnesota's economy. Initiated by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce in September 2003, Grow Minnesota! is carried out in partnership with local chambers of commerce from across the state. Almost forty local chambers were selected as our partners for 2006-2007, the fourth year of the program.