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Statewide Angel Investing Event

Statewide Angel Investing Event

Virtual Event June 23 Angel capital provides a critical source of funding for startups. If you are would like to learn about angel investing, what it is, and how to get started, join us for this virtual event, featuring five panelists from around Minnesota, including...

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Lean Startup Training Offered

Lean Startup Training Offered

Two Sessions to be Offered Through our work with NoW Innovators Network, funded through Launch Minnesota, we are pleased to bring lean startup training to our area entrepreneurs. We are offering two sessions this summer, with options to attend in person or virtually....

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Angie Westling at TREK

As a young person, Angie watched her father (a business owner) answer calls from customers at all hours of the day or night and told herself that she never wanted to own her own business. Fast-forward through the years and a variety of...

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Jared May at TREK

Jared May discovered a love for math in his teen years. He has worked in accounting for many years, but recently decided to launch his own business, May Bookkeeping Solutions, a virtual bookkeeping business that provides great flexibility...

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Pennington County Labor Force Report

Pennington County Labor Force Report

At the request of Advance Thief River, Erik White, Labor Analyst for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently prepared a labor market report for Pennington County. Chet Bodin, also with DEED, presented this information to the...

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New Welcome Guide Published

Advance Thief River Director, Michelle Landsverk, interviewed Mark Schmitke, to learn about the new "Welcome Packet" that has recently been published. Video Transcript Michelle: Today, I have Mark Schmitke, joining me and Mark is going to...

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Scott Ingram at TREK

Scott Ingram, owner of Ingram's Candy Store, could be described as "the guy with the sweetest job in town." He purchased the store in 2017 and describes the first couple of years as “a struggle.” Fast forward to today, and Scott will tell...

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Michelle Westerman at TREK

Michelle Westerman is owner of Johnson's Riverside and Legacy Event Center in Thief River Falls. Her three tips for people starting a business: (1) find people in your admin team that you work well with and listen to them; (2) no matter...

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An Absolutely Amazing Journey

Jordan Espeseth grew up in Thief River Falls. He raced snow cross during his growing up years, right up until the age of 17, “I always thought I was going to go into snow cross professionally, but after my junior year of high school I...

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All Hands On Deck

Brenda Hamre, and daughter Avery, shared the story of BlackBarn at the March 2, 2021 TREK. BlackBarn is a new business in the Thief River Falls area. They opened their doors in November of 2020, offering a unique, rural shopping...

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Bringing the Fun

Steve and Ladora Dahlen started Baker Street Sales back in 2005 with a small $1,200 food vending trailer that provided food at area farm auctions. When they had a successful event, they put the money back into the business and continued to...

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When You Come in You’re a Friend

Kim Rosendahl talked about his entrepreneurial journey at the February 2, 2021 TREK. He moved to Thief River Falls in 2003, where he took a position at Dakota Clinic, which has since transitioned to Sanford Thief River Falls Medical...

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“The tremendous work ethic, innovation and commitment of the people here in northwestern Minnesota is unsurpassed. Those values have always been a clear differentiator in driving Digi-Key’s growth and success within our industry.”

Dave Doherty

President, Digi-Key Corporation

“Thief River Falls has been a wonderful place to own a business.  I have received an abundance support from the other entrepreneurs in the community!  I love how it doesn’t feel like we are competing, but helping each other however we can.”

Angie Westling

Owner, Hometown Realty


Michelle Landsverk
Economic Development 

Advance Thief River
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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