Hutchinson Leader: Growing fellowship supports entrepreneur leaders

EXCERPT: “Have you ever had a great idea for a business or nonprofit that would make a difference? The Initiative Foundation of Little Falls wants to hear from you. It has teamed up with the Southwest Initiative Foundation, which is headquartered in Hutchinson, and the West Central Initiative to search 41 Greater Minnesota counties for entrepreneurs with great ideas to help their communities. ‘We know one person with the right tools can make a difference in a community,’ said Chris Fastner, program manager for the Initiators Fellowship. ‘It’s about supporting local leaders and making good things happen in their communities. There are a lot of younger people interested in getting more involved.’ The two-year fellowship awards a $30,000 stipend each year for up to seven early stage entrepreneurs who have an idea to take on a social challenge and pursue leadership growth. But that’s just one piece of the program. Fellows receive executive-level mentorship, programming and educational opportunities.” FULL STORY: