Start your engines, it's here! REV: Rural Entrepreneurial Venture

Are you ready to jumpstart your community? If so, you might be ready to be a REV community.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is excited to announce the launch of Rural Entrepreneurial Venture (REV). We're seeking applications from communities of 5,000 or less in our 20-county region to apply for a transformative asset-based community development program. This program is all about finding and igniting existing entrepreneurs in communities. By adopting a "grow your own" approach to entrepreneur development, the REV model will help your community grow from within. 

Five communities will be selected from across our region. The REV model is based on The Center for Rural Entrepreneurship's tried and tested Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities (e2) framework. While SMIF has a long history of asset-based community development, the REV program is a unique, long-term commitment that focuses on developing processes and systems for sustainable economic growth. Grow from within and root your wealth in your community!

REV applications are due at noon on July 14! Sign up below to receive updates. 


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Application Deadline: Noon on Friday, July 14

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"I am convinced that a 'grow your own' mentality is the most viable alternative for rural communities to thrive and in some cases, survive."

- Erik Pedersen, Vice President of Entrepreneurship, NetWork Kansas

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