In 2000, the Minnesota Rural Entrepreneurship Academy examined Minnesota’s strategies in this arena to see if the state has the culture that supports a “cycle of entrepreneurship.” Their conclusions (2000 Minnesota Rural Entrepreneurship Academy Resport) pointed towards a need to better focus resources around four critical areas: capital, technical assistance, physical infrastructure, and culture and education. In particular there was a need to help people define the ladder of stages for entrepreneurs and small businesses and target help accordingly.

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