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Free Business Coaching Available for Minority Entrepreneurs through SMIF

Northfield entrepreneurs who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC), women, veterans, low-income persons, and/or persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply for free business coaching. The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is seeking entrepreneurs for their Prosperity Prosperity Initiative program.

According to SMIF’s website, “Prosperity Initiative clients commit to a six-month period of working directly with an experienced business coach for a total of 40 hours. Additionally, clients connect monthly with other entrepreneurs participating in the program through peer network meetings to discuss challenges and successes. All resources are free for participating businesses.

When the Prosperity Initiative was created in 2016, its mission was to help remove barriers to success for BIPOC entrepreneurs. This is the first year that the program has expanded its eligibility to also include entrepreneurs who identify as women, veterans, low-income and/or a person with disabilities. More than 80 clients have graduated from the program.

“We are excited to work with a new cohort of Prosperity Initiative businesses this fall,” said Pam Bishop, vice president of economic development. “This is a great opportunity to gain resources to support high-priority areas in your company.”

The Prosperity Initiative is supported, in part, by State of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Partners serving on the advisory committee include Community Economic Development Associates (CEDA)Collider FoundationHispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER)Region Nine Development CommissionMerchants Bank – WinonaMinnesota Council of Churches – Tapestry Project.

Apply to become a Prosperity Initiative client at by August 19, 2022. The program will begin in early September 2022 and run through February 2023. Contact Christopher Mazziotto, director of business development, at or 507-214-7018 with questions.”

Northfield businesses needing assistance with their application or a community letter of support can reach out to Main Street Director, Revee Needham, via email or 507-645-3041.

Customer Service Training Opportunity with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens

Northfield employees, managers, and residents are invited to a free customer service training. This is based on the results of a city-wide survey conducted by the Northfield Racial & Ethnic Equity Collaborative during the spring of 2022.

Gain insights from the survey results and practice skills that help create an inclusive and welcoming environment for your workplace or business.

Training for business leaders and HR professionals

Dates and times offered (select one):

  • Wednesday, August 3, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 10, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


Carleton College, Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236

320 3rd St E, Northfield, MN 55057

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the primary themes and insights of the local survey
  • Explain the value diverse teams deliver compared with non-diverse teams
  • Practice key leadership skills that help create an inclusive and welcoming environment
  • Teach, model and reinforce key customer service behaviors, even in a busy work environment
  • Assess your office or business to determine the degree to which it is welcoming and inclusive
  • Explore self-reflection techniques to assess the degree to which you are an inclusive leader

Training for employees

Dates and times offered (select one of the four options):

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2:00 to3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 3, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 10, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, August 10, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Carleton College, Weitz Center for Creativity, Room 236

320 3rd St E, Northfield, MN 55057

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the primary themes and insights of the local survey
  • Link customer service with treating all people with respect and dignity, the assurance of equity, and the establishment of an inclusive environment
  • Practice key customer service skills that help create an inclusive and welcoming environment
  • Explore self-reflection techniques to assess the degree to which you are inclusive

Your presenter

Jim Langemo has been engaged in diversity-related work since 2004 and has been facilitating customer service training since the mid-1990s. He has worked with organizations across the United States and led award-winning diversity programs. He is currently the chief administrative officer at Hennepin Theatre Trust. His training on customer service with a diversity lens is focused on the customer experience, the employee experience, and an organization’s bottom line.

Registering for a training session

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Hosted by

Northfield Racial and Ethnic Equity Collaborative

Thanks to the sponsors!

Carleton College, City of Northfield, Healthy Community Initiative, and Northfield Hospital and Clinics


¡Gratis formación del personal oportunidad!

Propietarios de empresas de Northfield, directores, profesionales de los recursos humanos y empleados

Le invitamos a asistir a esta formación GRATUITA de atención al cliente, basada en los resultados de una encuesta realizada en toda la ciudad por la Colaboración para la equidad racial y étnica de Northfield durante la primavera de 2022.

Obtenga información de los resultados de la encuesta y practique las habilidades que ayudan a crear un entorno inclusivo y acogedor para su lugar de trabajo o empresa.

Formación para líderes empresariales y profesionales de los recursos humanos

Fechas y horarios ofrecidos (seleccione uno):

  • Miércoles, 3 de agosto, de 9:00 a 11:00 a.m.
  • Miércoles, 10 de agosto, de 1:00 a 3:00 p.m.


colegio Carleton College, Centro Weitz para la Creatividad, Sala 236

320 3rd St E, Northfield, MN 55057

Resultados del aprendizaje

  • Explicar los temas principales y las percepciones de la encuesta local
  • Explicar el valor que aportan los equipos diversos en comparación con los no diversos
  • Practicar las principales habilidades de liderazgo que ayudan a crear un entorno inclusivo y acogedor
  • Enseñar, modelar y reforzar los comportamientos clave de la atención al cliente, incluso en un entorno de trabajo ajetreado
  • Evalúe su oficina o negocio para determinar el grado en que es acogedor e inclusivo
  • Explorar las técnicas de autorreflexión para evaluar el grado en que se es un líder inclusivo

Formación para los empleados

Fechas y horarios ofrecidos (seleccione una de las cuatro opciones):

  • miércoles, 3 de agosto, de 2:00 a 3:00 p.m.
  • miércoles, 3 de agosto, de 5:00 a 6:00 p.m.
  • miércoles, 10 de agosto, de 10:00 a 11:00 a.m.
  • miércoles, 10 de agosto, de 5:00 a 6:00 p.m.


colegio Carleton College, Centro Weitz para la Creatividad, Sala 236

320 3rd St E, Northfield, MN 55057

Resultados del aprendizaje

  • Explicar los temas principales y las percepciones de la encuesta local
  • Vincular el servicio al cliente con el tratamiento de todas las personas con respeto y dignidad, la garantía de equidad y el establecimiento de un entorno inclusivo
  • Practicar habilidades clave de atención al cliente que ayuden a crear un entorno inclusivo y acogedor
  • Explorar técnicas de autorreflexión para evaluar su grado de inclusión

Su presentador

Jim Langemo lleva trabajando en el ámbito de la diversidad desde 2004 y ha facilitado la formación en materia de servicio al cliente desde mediados de los años noventa. Ha trabajado con organizaciones de todo Estados Unidos y ha dirigido programas de diversidad premiados. Actualmente es el director administrativo de Hennepin Theatre Trust (una organización para las artes escénicas). Su formación sobre el servicio al cliente con una lente de diversidad se centra en la experiencia del cliente, la experiencia del empleado y el resultado final de una organización.

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Organizado por

Colaboración para la equidad racial y étnica de Northfield

¡Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores!

Colegio de Carleton College, La ciudad de Northfield, Iniciativa comunitaria saludable, y Hospital y Clínicas de Northfield

Enhancing Readiness for Business Succession

Are you part of the 60% of small business owners who were born between 1946-1964 who are nearing retirement? Do you have a plan for unexpected life transitions? Do you recognize the need for succession planning, but feel hindered by the cost, time and lack of resources?

The University of Minnesota Extension and VisionOne High Performance Group have collaborated to create a course that will help you prepare with a 10-week transition planning course, specifically designed for small businesses in rural Minnesota.

What will you gain by participating?

  • Build knowledge and ability to strengthen your business in preparation for a succession event.
  • Learn about resources in your community and how to leverage them.
  • Engage in an on-line learning community with other firms featuring five bi-monthly sessions including one 120-minute kickoff session and four 90-minute sessions to enhance your succession planning knowledge
  • In the alternating five weeks, business owner participants will meet in-person in their community with local economic development facilitators to apply their learning to your specific business.
  • By the end of the course, you will have drafted a formal, written succession plan that addresses and supports your most important business succession, personal wealth, and legacy desires and needs.

What is the commitment?

  • This program is ten weeks in length and will run from March-May 2020
  • Participate in the five on-line learning sessions – March 4, 18; April 1, 15, 29
  • Attend five local meetings in your community with other business owners and your economic development facilitator to complete the coursework for each session. Dates TBD.

What is the cost?

  • Because of a grant through the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, your cost as a business owner is only $100.00 for the full 10-week course. If the registration fee creates a financial hardship, there are limited scholarship funds available through SMIF. Contact John Katz at SMIF for more info (


Details and registration are available online at

Question? Contact Greg Siems (

Access to this workshop is the result of a partnership between the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, and the Northfield Enterprise Center.

First Friday Art Night-October 4

5:00-9:00pm       William Kentridge: Universal Archive
Weitz Center for Creativity @Carleton College, 320 3rd St. East

South African artist William Kentridge has created an extensive body of interrelated works that includes drawings, prints, sculptures, artists’ books, films, and theatrical productions. His interdisciplinary approach to art is most often political. This exhibit

presents a series of linocut images printed on dictionary and encyclopedia pages. The images — trees, coffee pots, cats, typewriters, birds, horses, nudes, and self-portraits — are frequent characters in his  visual lexicon, and range from highly descriptive to gestural abstractions. This exhibition was organized by the Gund Gallery at Kenyon College and curated by Natalie Marsh.

5:00pm                 Cowtoberfest and Stein Hoisting 2019, The Contented Cow,
302 Division St. S.

5:30-6:30pm       Celebration of Artists on Main Street: Connections/Conexiónes,
Bridge Square

Join us for a concluding celebration of the 2019 Artists on Main Street project, “Connections/Conexiónes”. Remember “Raggin’ at the Depot”, “Selfie Shark” and “Geese Be Gone”? Meet some of the artists whose projects have contributed to creative placemaking in Downtown Northfield this past summer and learn more about how they brought their projects to life.

“Connections/Conexiónes” is a collaboration between the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission and the Northfield Arts Guild. Funding was provided by Springboard for the Arts and the Bush Foundation through a grant from Rethos Places Reimagined.

6:30-8:00pm       Graveyard Tango at Northfield Dance Academy, 640 Water St. S.

Find your inner Morticia and Gomez during this tango class with Brian Sostek. No partner needed. All skill levels welcome. Cost $20/person. Register at

7:00-8:00pm       Live music with Cannon River Currents at Imminent Brewing,
519 Division St. S.

 Helen Forsythe (banjo) and Delia Kain (fiddle) present a mix of folk, bluegrass, old-time and Irish music.

7:00-10:00pm     Live music with Nikki Walsh at Tanzenwald Brewing, 103 Water St.N.

Nikki Walsh combines the vocal precision of jazz singing with the warmth and intimacy of folk.

7:30pm                 She Kills Monsters, Haugen Theater, St. Olaf College,
1520 St. Olaf Avenue

The St. Olaf College Theater Department presents a production of She Kills Monsters by Qui Nyugen, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Michelle Cowin Gibbs. Tickets available at 507-786-3332 or

8:00pm                 Stargazing Open House, Goodsell Observatory, Carleton College, 301 Goodsell Circle

Monthly every first Friday when skies are clear. Join Carleton’s resident astronomers to view the moon, stars, planets and nebulae. The event canceled if cloudy. Dress for the weather.

8:00pm                 Live music with James Lewis & the Jackpines, Imminent Brewing,
519 Division Street S.

Led by Northfield-raised singer and guitarist James Lewis, the South Minneapolis-based Jackpines bring an updated take to honky-tonky standards. Their players are steeped in rock, indie, bluegrass, jam band and Lutheran choral traditions. Collectively, they’ve curated a catalogue of country classics to get your boots scootin’ and booty movin’.

8:00-11:00pm     Live music with Ashes for April, Reunion-Eat, Drink, Gather,
501 Division St. S.

Four guys, six acoustic instruments and retro pop songs. Includes Lincoln Ashbury (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals), Chubby Ashton (upright bass, vocals), Rocco C’Ash (drums, percussion) and Mickey Mash (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals).

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Available

Recently installed in Downtown Northfield MN . . . an EV charging station! There are two ports on the charging station and two dedicated parking stalls for use while charging your vehicle. The station is on the northwest corner of the 5th St. and South Water St. intersection. Pricing information can be found at Be sure to move your vehicle when it’s fully charged as there is an hourly rate to park in these stalls when not actively charging a vehicle. This installation is a joint project of the City of Northfield and the Northfield Rotary Club.

This is the third electric vehicle charging station to be installed in Northfield. The other two are at Carleton College and St. Olaf College.

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