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Announcing the launch of the Taconite Area Business Relief Loan Program

Posted on June 12, 2020 at 12:35 PM. Written by Entrepreneur Fund


Taconite Area Business Relief Loans provide funds to local businesses that have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the form of low interest loans. The Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation (IRRR) has contracted with the Entrepreneur Fund to review, process, and close the loan applications. IRRR will have final approval of all loans.

Funds are intended to provide working capital to businesses, however, any legal business purpose is eligible.


  • The maximum loan amount to a business is equal to three months operating expenses, up to $40,000.
  • Maximum loans will be 60 months, after a six-month deferment period (accrued interest will be due at the end of the deferment period).
  • 2% interest rate


  • Existing small businesses based in the agency’s service area.
  • That have been in operation for at least one year and were operating on March 1, 2020 (will be required to provide
    financial documentation to confirm).
  • All businesses must intend to open if currently closed in order to be eligible.
  • Businesses must be actively managed and loans must be personally guaranteed by primary owners.
  • A blanket UCC finance statement must be filed.

Additional Information

  • The agency, at its sole discretion, can make exceptions to the one year in operation criteria.
  • Funding through this program is intended to supplement, not replace other state and/or federal relief programs. Loan applicants must certify that they have applied for or are not eligible for these programs.
  • A 5% origination fee will be paid to the Entrepreneur Fund per loan.
  • Eligible disbursements may be funded through December 31, 2021.

Application Process

1. Complete the initial Eligibility Screen.

2. If initial eligibility is approved, you will be invited to begin the application process. 


If you have questions regarding this program, please submit those via our Contact Form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.  

Announcing the Duluth Small Business Emergency Fund

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM. Written by Entrepreneur Fund


The Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) has provided initial funding to the Entrepreneur Fund to create the Duluth Small Business Emergency Fund (DSBEF), a partially forgivable loan program to support struggling small business owners in Duluth, MN through the COVID-19 crisis.

Announcing the launch of the Cloquet Business Assistance Fund

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 09:00 AM. Written by Entrepreneur Fund

The City of Cloquet Economic Development Authority (Cloquet EDA) and Entrepreneur Fund are pleased to announce they are accepting loan applications for the recently formed Cloquet EDA Small Business Assistance Loan.  The program was developed by the Cloquet EDA who has contracted with the Entrepreneur Fund to review, process, and close the loan applications for qualifying small businesses located within the city limits of Cloquet and within commercial /office/industrial buildings in response to challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Small businesses need our support now more than ever. The Entrepreneur Fund is poised to help Cloquet businesses by making the process as seamless as possible and leveraging additional programs that these businesses may be eligible for,” said Shawn Wellnitz, Entrepreneur Fund CEO.

The purpose of this fund is to prevent permanent closure of City of Cloquet for-profit businesses during and after the COVID19 pandemic and restore affected businesses back to financial health as quickly as possible.  

For more details on how to start the process please visit the Cloquet Business Assistance Loan page.


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