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Feel like you’re always meeting the same people? Looking to grow your network and project opportunities outside the metro? Community and industry leaders want to know who you are and you want to meet them – but where do you start?

Community Venture Network bridges the gap:

  • Private events held in Minneapolis with dozens of community and industry leaders from an 8-state area
  • Quarterly webinars to deliver educational and business capabilities to public and private industry leaders
  • Projects needing resources that don’t exist in their community – a chance for direct engagement on new opportunities
Great River Energy is a not-for-profit electric cooperative providing wholesale power to 28 distribution cooperatives in Minnesota and into Wisconsin. Our member cooperatives distribute that electricity to families, farms and businesses serving almost 1.7 million people.

With $3.7 billion in assets, GRE is the second largest electric utility in Minnesota and one of the largest generation and transmission cooperatives in the country. Based in Maple Grove, we own and operate 12 power plants and more than 4,600 miles of transmission line in Minnesota and North Dakota. We’re the power behind your electric cooperative.

Our business model is simple: We're dedicated to helping businesses succeed by taking care of the things that could be distracting you from the bigger picture. We do this by helping you control expenses, minimize risk exposure and maximize your opportunities for revenue generation.
Insperity serves over 100,000 small businesses across the US. Our core product, Workforce Optimization, bundles several key HR and Administrative functions that leverages our size to provide Fortune 100 style Benefits and Human Capital Development strategies to growing small and mid-size (5 to 150 employees) businesses.  

KLC Financial, Inc. was founded in 1987 and has continued to serve as a premier finance company. Headquartered in Minnetonka, KLC leases and finances capital equipment and assets for businesses nationwide, across industries as diverse as healthcare, manufacturing, high tech, transportation, hospitality, construction and more.
As a truly independent financing company, KLC’s specialty is flexible, creative, custom solutions that support businesses that don’t easily fit the typical bank or finance company models. Because we are not beholden to outside shareholders, we can cover all facets of lease financing without having to specialize in any one industry or “credit mold.”

Map-N-Tour's award-winning software builds three dimensional interactive maps that deliver a wide variety of content giving the user a unique view of a community or venue. The web-based content management system overlays videos, pictures, audio, and other rich content on real satellite imagery. This allows Map-N-Tour users to virtually interact with the world around them.
Map-N-Tour: A Dynamic Resource for Economic and Community Development Organizations. Get a Competitive Advantage by Providing an Enhanced Customer Experience for those looking to learn information about your Community! These tools are a vital resource, increasingly used to attract new business, a skilled work force, and promote available sites and properties.

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: SF) was founded in 1890 and has over 7,100 full time associates globally across 390 offices in 45 states with $2.25 billion in annual revenues. Stifel provides brokerage, investment banking, trading, investment advisory, and related financial services to municipalities, investors, money managers, and non-profit corporations. The firm is headquartered in Saint Louis, Missouri with a large presence in Minnesota. Stifel has 110 employees in 10 offices throughout Minnesota. Our 60 registered investment advisors in the state cover over 26,000 accounts with over $4.6 billion in assets under management. In 2015, Stifel was the nation’s #1 ranked senior manager for negotiated municipal bonds in terms of bonds underwritten and the #6 ranked municipal senior manager in terms of par amount underwritten.

Municipalities and developers call upon Stifel to provide expert support in the planning, preparation, and financing of their projects. Stifel has pioneered innovative financial structuring, and our creative programs have also strengthened our municipal underwriting capability. Stifel is a leading dealer in tax-exempt municipal bonds, engaging in the underwriting of state and local bonds – general obligation, industrial development, and revenue bonds. Additionally, Stifel maintains an active secondary market in municipal bonds.

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