Key Initiatives

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Greater Bemidji, Inc. has four key areas of focus: (1) growing, attracting and retaining talent; (2) supporting entrepreneurs; (3) promoting the region as a great place to live, work and grow a business; and (4) improving the region’s business climate.

The following initiatives are examples of the “outside-the-box” work the Greater Bemidji is willing to do to support new and expanding businesses in the region:


  • 1-2-3 Start-Up- A guide to starting or expanding a business here, along with a commitment to work with you to navigate the system;
  • Minnesota Innovation Institute- Greater Bemidji’s own training center focused on meeting the talent needs of the region’s current and future employers; and
  • LaunchPad- Greater Bemidji’s work to make the region the #1 start-up community in the Upper Midwest.