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Research Publications

Listed below are various publications from the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Publications listed come from projects EDA Center faculty and staff have completed, works published in magazines/journals and technical assistance requests. Technical assistance requests are typically planning, research or technical projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, business development or capital investment. All requests are reviewed by EDA Center staff, as well as the EDA Center Advisory Board; and those requests selected comprise our annual work plan. For more information regarding the EDA Center's RFA process click here.


Willmar Area Minority Business Report
Completed December 2012
Local EDA/Organization: Kandiyohi Economic Development Commission
EDA Center Faculty/Staff: Adeel Ahmed, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota
Project Description: With the demographic profile of areas of Minnesota changing, the presence of minority businesses will naturally change as well. U of M Extension Educator Adeel Ahmed released a new report highlighting the changing demographic in Willmar, MN, the issues unique to minority business owners, and recommendations that would be beneficial to minority business owners. Ahemd interviewed 15 minority small business owners for this report (7 Hispanic, 6 Somali, and 2 from other ethnicities). Overall, they enjoyed the small town environment but there were some challenges they could use help with. Based upon his interviews, Ahmed made 4 recommendations that would help minority small business owners in the Willmar area. The recommendations are: 1) market english as a second language classes, 2) make the minority business owners aware of basic business classes available at local technical colleges, 3) connect minority business owners with the Minnesota Workforce Center to help find and train potential employees, & 4) integrate minority business owners with the Willmar business community by using the chamber of commerce to establish events that would connect these minority business owners with long-standing business owners.
EDA Center Involvement:
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This document was prepared by the University of Minnesota, Crookston under award number 06-66-05709 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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