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‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
Summer is here and so are all the fun town festivities! There are many events going on throughout our local communities. If you and your family are looking for fun and exciting plans during the next few months check out local town events. To find out more about local festivities in your area check out Explore Minnesota or your town’s Facebook page.
Willmar Fests – June 17th – June 22nd
St. James – Railroad Days – June 18th – June 24th
Atwater Festival Days – June 19th – June 22nd
Granite Falls Western Fest – June 19th – June 21st
Fairfax Days of Thunder – June 19th – June 22nd
Fulda Wood Duck Festival – June 19th – June 22nd
Nicollet – Friendship Days – June 20th & June 21st
Appleton Wings & Hogs off Road Festival – June 20th & June 21st
Redwood Falls – Sesquicentennial Celebration June 20th – June 22nd
Dawson RiverFest – June 26th – June 29th
Spicer 4th of July Celebration – July 2nd – July 6th
Worthington International Festival – July 11th & July 12th
Trimont FunFest – July 11th – July 13th
Danube Fun Days – July 10th – 13th
Clara City Prairie Fest – July 10th – July 12th
Madelia Park Days – July 12th – July 14th
Sacred Heart Summerfest – July 17th -20th
Buffalo Lake Days – July 18th – 20th
Olivia Corn Capital Days – July 23rd – July 27th
Walnut Grove – Little House Cast Reunion – July 25th- July 27th
Franklin Catfish Derby Days – July 25th – July 27th
Sanborn – Watermelon Days – July 28th & July 29th
Hanley Falls Threshing Show – Aug 2nd & Aug 3rd
Hutchinson – Minnesota Garlic Festival – Aug 9th
Grove City August Fest – Aug 14th – Aug 17th
Porter Harvest Festival – Aug 15th – Aug 17th
Le Sueur County Pioneer Power Show – Aug 22nd – Aug 24th
As posted by Ann Treacy on the Blandin on Broadband blog,
The Recipe in Westbrook Becomes Southwest Minnesota’s First Kiva Loan Project
I want to thank Jackie Turner-Lovsness for sharing the following story on crowdfunding in Southwest Minnesota…
Food, fellowship and family. Angie Horkey has found a way to combine three of the most important things in her life while starting her own business, The Recipe, in Westbrook, Minnesota.
Angie fondly remembers spending Sunday dinners at her grandmother’s home and preparing family meals to help out while her mother ran in-home child care. “I still love to cook,” she said.
With a building available—the old bowling alley had been empty for several years—along with encouragement from her husband Ron, Angie decided the time was right to pursue her business dream.
When she came to the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) through a referral from a local county commissioner who knew about our entrepreneurship and loan programs, the time was also right to test one of our new loan tools.
The Recipe became SWIF’s first endorsed project through Kiva Zip, an online crowd-funding tool. Kiva, an international microlending site http://www.kiva.org, started Kiva Zip for businesses within the U.S. SWIF was invited to become a trustee—the first in Minnesota—which allows us to endorse a project.
Crowd-funding is the newest wave in financing small business projects in a unique way by directly involving friends, family, community members or anyone who takes an interest in the business. Anyone can loan the business interest-free money $25 at a time—or more, but the idea is to promote that you made the loan through social media and other channels, prompting others to get involved.
“The Foundation has support people and resources I’ve never thought of,” Angie said. The Kiva endorsement was paired with a loan from SWIF’s Microenterprise Loan Program, which also gave Angie access to free one-to-one technical assistance from our staff who have personal business experience. They offered help for things from menu planning, to bookkeeping, to promoting the business on Facebook, which strengthen Angie’s skills as a new business owner.
After setting up a Kiva account, Angie had her $2,500 loan funded in about a month, which allowed her to finish remodeling the cafe’s kitchen and open in January 2013.
“You want to see things happen,” said Merlyn Hanson, a Westbrook resident for more than 40 years. “My wife and I wanted to contribute to this.” He and wife Joann supported The Recipe through Kiva. They also joined the café’s Diners Club, a program that offers nutritiously balanced, proportioned meals at reduced prices for people age 60 and older.
“We could just as well eat at home but it’s important for socializing,” Merlyn said. They meet the group every weekday for lunch and Angie greets them as they walk in. “As busy as she is, she always has a smile on her face,” Merlyn said.
Through contracts with Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging and Lutheran Social Services, Angie offers not just the Diners Club but also Meals on Wheels for Westbrook, Storden and Jeffers. With these programs, daily specials and a short-order menu, The Recipe serves on average 30 to 50 meals each day. In the afternoon, high school students stop in for coffee or a treat. Visitors attending school activities stop in on weekends. The Kiwanas, Lions, birthday clubs and others rent the party room weekly. Soon they plan to add evening hours, which Angie thinks will bring in another new set of customers.
“That was my goal—feed the world one person at a time,” Angie said. “Without the support of the community and family, I wouldn’t be here.”
Two of Angie’s daughters wait tables before and after school and her parents help package meals and wait tables during the day. Having family so connected to the business has made the experience especially rewarding and Angie is finally starting to look back and see how much has been accomplished.
“If you have a dream, don’t give up on it.”
It’s fun to hear about a project that allows a community to rally and invest in their neighbors and their Main Street. I have been hearing more about crowdfunding from Kickstarter to Indiegogo. (Both are focused more on arts funding.) Apparently Kickstarter requires you to set a goal and won’t disperse funds until you do – while Indiegogo allows you to keep what you earn. I have a friend who is currently have success raising money for a US tour with Indiegogo.
Posted by: Ann Treacy | June 27, 2013
Sometimes we just need to be reminded how powerful our sense of community can be. THANKS to Center Of Rural Entrepreneurship (MN CORE) and Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) for providing the mentorship and tools necessary to harness that power!
Congratulations to Angie Horkey (and her family) for having the courage to follow a dream. Westbrook, MN, has ‘The Recipe’ for success!
Help support Angie by following The Recipe on FaceBook.
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