NoW Resources

A group of organizations working together for the success of Northwest Minnesota's entrepreneurs.

Advance Thief River is a nonprofit organization that leads economic development activities in Thief River Falls and Pennington County, focusing on business retention, attraction, and expansion, as well as supporting startups. The organization is led by business and for business. We promote the area as a premiere place to locate or start a business, as well as promoting the area to new residents.

ATR offers a variety of services and expertise:

  • Site location services
  • Financing and incentives
  • Business planning, training, and technical assistance resources
  • Area information
  • Government contacts and processes
  • Introduction to community and business leaders


Fosston Economic Development is committed to the success of the business community. We provide training, technical assistance, and help with business planning and financial projections, as well as several gap loan programs.

  • Revolving Loan Program
  • FEDA Loan
  • DEED Loan
  • #FosstonStrong Facebook Group for Businesses

Find us on the web and on Facebook.

HRDC works cooperatively with economic development and community development partners throughout the region in the creation of new jobs by providing general planning guidance, technical assistance for specific projects and services to local units of government.

The mission of the Lake of the Woods Economic Development Authority (EDA) is to drive economic development in Lake of the Woods County. The work of the EDA centers on 3 key areas.

  • Provide funding and resources to support business growth in the community.
  • Develop the capacity of people to contribute to the community.
  • Provide the necessary infrastructure to support the economic strategy of the community.

Landsverk and Associates is part of the NoW Innovators Network, providing network expertise on angel investment. Michelle Landsverk, President, is Chair of Pine to Prairie Angel Fund, a Northwest Minnesota angel investment fund that has invested in ten projects. She has also led the formation of Two Rivers Angel Network, which focuses on angel investment in the Thief River Falls area.

She is available to consult with individual businesses who are seeking angel funding as well as consulting with communities interested in forming a fund.

She works with the communities of Fosston and Thief River Falls on economic development, and a variety of business and economic development projects within Northwest Minnesota.


Full Service Market Research

Marketing Assistance & Research Solutions (MARS) is a professional, quality market research agency staffed by confident and capable Bemidji State University junior and senior-level students who are guided by a BSU marketing professor.

MARS serves clients throughout Northern Minnesota and beyond with customized, timely, and affordable market research. We are committed to helping you solve problems, reach customers, learn more about your needs, and helping you achieve your objectives.

MARS can examine all aspects of a business environment – market potential, economic impact, opportunities, threats, and more. After determining a client’s needs and desired outcomes, our student teams develop a customized plan to deliver information and recommendations that lead to success.

Hire MARS.

Contact Info

NoW Innovators Network is led by Greater Bemidji. Contact us for more information on the network and available resources.

102 1st St W
Bemidji, MN 56601

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