The outdoors and man-made attractions are reason enough to come to Bemidji, but what has me sticking around is the uncanny entrepreneurial spirit! Speaking with young business owners and entrepreneurs in the Bemidji area, one trait they all have in common is that “you can do anything” attitude. There is a palpable air of self-reliant optimism in Bemidji. Have an innovative idea? The community will support you! Want to join an organization already doing something great? Welcome aboard! This level of enthusiasm for growth and innovation is seldom found outside of Minneapolis neighborhoods like Northeast, North Loop and Lowertown. Bemidji is what’s hip and happening in the Northwoods.
Every day young entrepreneurs are coming “back home” to Bemidji and/or seeking out Bemidji as the home base of their business or organization. Why Bemidji you ask? The attractions and the outdoors are certainly very important factors, but I think equally important factors are the atmosphere and opportunities that empower young entrepreneurs to thrive. Hospitality, food service, manufacturing, engineering, advertising and telecommunications are among the growing industries in Bemidji.
Sound interesting? Plan a business trip, shake some hands, meet people and get inspired to explore Bemidji!