When Times Get Tough, the Itasca County Business Community Sticks Together

1 Jul 2020

Itasca Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with the Entrepreneur Fund and the Blandin Foundation, acted quickly this spring to develop the Itasca Small Business Relief Fund (ISBRF), a loan program designed to offset the serious impacts small businesses within Itasca County have faced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When Governor Walz issued stay at home orders that forced Minnesota businesses to close, we knew many local entrepreneurs would be in difficult financial positions,” explained Tamara Lowney, IEDC President. “Small business is the core of Itasca County. We created the ISBRF to provide emergency funding for those who need it most.”

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