DEED Roundup – June 11, 2018

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June 11, 2018

DEED in the News

Minnesota Offers a New Path for Workers With Disabilities 
Minneapolis Star Tribune-6/10/18

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Minnesota has dramatically transformed its approach to job services for thousands of young people with disabilities. Under new federal regulations, hundreds of young Minnesotans with disabilities are getting rigorous evaluations to identify their skills and interests, and then put on a path toward mainstream employment along with other working people. “This is a 180-degree change,” said Chris McVey of DEED's Vocational Rehabilitation Services program. “We are working to raise expectations across the board that young people with disabilities deserve to work in the community.”

Falling Teen Employment Leaves Workforce Less Prepared
Duluth News Tribune-6/9/18

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In Minnesota and across the country, fewer teenagers are working despite all sorts of opportunities to pick up that first paycheck. And without early job experiences, the workforce of tomorrow may not be equipped with workplace basics. "There's no doubt many of the jobs in the economy are those lower-skill, entry-level jobs, which would seem perfect for a young person to start their career," said DEED regional analyst Erik White. 

Recent Press Releases

Minnesota Trade Office Expands International Representation

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The Minnesota Trade Office last week announced the opening of seven international representative locations that will provide export support and attract foreign investment in the state. The seven offices are in Canada, Mexico, Japan, European Union, United Kingdom, Australia and Southeast Asia. 

New DEED Program Offers Interest-Free Loans for Startups

DEED is accepting loan applications through a new program designed to help early-stage businesses that are developing high-tech products or services in Minnesota. Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) is a pilot program that will provide interest-free loans ranging from $20,000 to $50,000.

Serving Our Customers

The St. Paul WorkForce Center will celebrate its grand re-opening at 540 Fairview Ave. N. on Thursday. The event, from 8 to 10 a.m., will include remarks from Commissioner Hardy, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and other local dignitaries. Visitors can take tours of the newly remodeled space and learn about services and resources at the center. All are welcome.

Did You Know?

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Two Minnesota companies made the Forbes magazine list of the 100 most innovative companies in the world. General Mills in Golden Valley was ranked 49th and St. Paul-based Ecolab was 93rd. Boston Scientific, which has a significant presence in Minnesota, took 65th place. ServiceNow, a Santa Clara, Calif., company that specializes in cloud-based services, was rated No. 1.