Cities often struggle with two distinct but related problems: Revitalizing neighborhoods and employing immigrants. Minneapolis-St. Paul has found a way to do both.
Since 1993, the Neighborhood Development Center has provided training and $11 million in loans to immigrant and minority entrepreneurs.
Every Tuesday for 10 weeks, the students came from Hopkins or nearby the west metro suburb to meet at the Eisenhower Community Center for the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative Plan It! Entrepreneur Training Program. It was the prospect of the new Southwest Corridor LRT line passing nearby that spurred Anne Beuch of the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative to reach out to Neighborhood Development Center so potential entrepreneurs could benefit from the traffic, expansion and commerce that train lines bring to a community.
Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler as they travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration. Follow their journey here and on Twitter by searching #thewaynorth.
The wish for every entrepreneur is to take what he or she does best, turn it into a business, turn a profit and maybe even get noticed. Tami Cabrera has always been really, really good at making cheesecake. After being voted as “Best Cheesecake in Minnesota” many times over, Cabrera’s Muddy Paws Cheesecake were given as gifts to 800 attendees at the Emmy Awards in New York in August.
Suffice to say, Cabrera has been noticed. Read more.