Today’s successful use of social media brings us to Southwest Minnesota where new ideas and business creativity thrive. Kurt Thompson, a Program Officer with the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) recently met with our US members of Congress and Senators in Washington, DC, as he does each year to tell the story of how funding impacts their work and the clients that they serve. The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) Microloan program that benefits dozens of small businesses in SW Minnesota each year is partially funded by the Small Business Administration (SBA) through funding from the United States Federal Government.
Kurt says, “telling the Microloan story is an important part of securing our funding each year through the SBA. No one can tell that story better than the people we serve, our clients – This application was a perfect way to showcase our diverse clients and how this program has helped them start and grow their businesses.”
“…a perfect way to showcase our diverse clients and how this program has helped them start and grow their businesses.”
It’s important our representatives know and understand the impact their decisions have on Minnesota and our rural economy. While in Washington DC, Kurt used this video by showing it to law makers on his iPad during his visit. The video features many success stories of small businesses in Southwestern Minnesota and the critical role that SWIF and its subsidiary MN Center of Rural Entrepreneurship (MN CORE) has played in assisting small businesses with resources, financing, education, and support. It’s a compelling video and excellent use of video and YouTube.
You can follow the MN CORE blog here, and find out more about Southwest Initiative Foundation, MicroLoan and QuickMatch Loan program (for social media, web, and technology).