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HF 2243

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 06/21/2017 11:01am

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A bill for an act
relating to economic development; creating a women entrepreneurs business
development competitive grant program; appropriating money.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
COMPETITIVE GRANT PROGRAM.

Subdivision 1.

Appropriation.

$500,000 is appropriated from the general fund
in fiscal year 2014 to the commissioner of employment and economic development
to establish a women entrepreneurs business development competitive grant program
to facilitate the creation and expansion of high-growth, high-revenue businesses by
entrepreneurs who are women. This is a onetime appropriation and is available until
expended.

Subd. 2.

Definitions.

For the purposes of this section, the following terms have
the meanings given.

(a) "Women-owned business" means a business entity owned or controlled by
women that is organized for profit including, but not limited to, an individual, partnership,
corporation, joint venture, association, or cooperative. "Owned or controlled by women"
means:

(1) that the business is at least 51 percent owned by one or more women or, in the
case of any publicly traded business, at least 51 percent of the stock of which is owned by
one or more women; and

(2) the business has management and daily business operations that are controlled
by one or more women.

(b) "High economic impact firm" means a business that is projected to generate at
least $500,000 in annual revenue and create at least ten high-quality jobs.

(c) "Qualified business" means a women-owned business in the field of construction;
transportation; warehousing; agriculture; mining; finance; insurance; professional,
technical, or scientific services; technology; or other high economic impact industries.

(d) "High-quality job" means a job that pays an annual income equal to at least 150
percent of the federal poverty guideline adjusted for a family size of four.

Subd. 3.

Use of funds.

Funds available under this section may be used for:

(1) entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and technical assistance for the startup or
expansion of businesses owned by women;

(2) development of networks of potential investors; and

(3) development of a recruitment program for midcareer women with an interest
in starting a qualified business.

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