Business Development Resources

The links on this page are all resources you can access as a current child care provider or a new provider looking to start your business.

Be sure to connect with those who are offering workshops, webinars and trainings to help you develop and sharpen your business skills. As a child care provider, your time is valuable and we want to help you access the resources you need to create the best business for you to thrive in this profession.

Want to start or grow a business in Northwest Minnesota? You’re in the right place. The business experts at the Northwest Small Business Development Center (NWSBDC) are here to support you – located in the Northwest Minnesota Foundation office building.

The NWSBDC provides free information, confidential counseling and one-on-one support to start, build and grow your business. They have the tools, templates, training and services to make the process as easy as possible.

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First Children’s Finance provides loans and business-development assistance to high-quality child care businesses serving low- and moderate-income families.

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There are also attachments of brochures and flyer detailing programming.

Child Care

Communities across Northwest Minnesota are experiencing a child care availability crisis that is impacting businesses and employers, children and families and community prosperity.

Northwest Minnesota Foundation leads and supports collaborative efforts in communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to help solve their unique child care needs. We incentivize child care providers to improve the quality of their care and embrace the Parent Aware rating system.

We assist child care providers and communities with financial and capital needs through flexible lending and grant products. Better lives are built when our children are provided quality care and families can enter the workforce on their terms and not be hindered by the lack of available child care in their community.

Our goal is to develop a child care workforce that not only meets the needs of working parents and communities, but also the needs of developing children.  \We are supporting a workforce of educated child care providers that understand child development, curriculum and assessment, so children are ready to learn, which will create a smoother transition from child care to Kindergarten.

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Entrepreneur Development

The Entrepreneur Development program ensures that resources needed are available to foster an attitude of economic independence through the creation of successful small businesses.

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MNTRECC is a strong support for tribally licensed programs or programs serving Native American children.  They provide trainings, coaching, grant, etc. and should be listed in various places on the website as a resource.

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What Does LaunchPad Offer?

Casual, flexible, fun yet professional workspaces in the historic Mayflower building. Unlimited Networking and collaborative opportunities. High tech meeting rooms and lounge area with GigaZone WiFi, free coffee/tea, and much more!

We are also your one-stop-shop for entrepreneur support and business resources. Whether your are starting a business or expanding your existing business we are here to help.

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LittlePad at the LaunchPad

Develop offers professional development and quality improvement tools to support early learning and school-age care. Together, we're developing a brighter future for all of Minnesota’s children.

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