The program provides grants of up to $50,000 to new or expanding Minnesota businesses that need to train new workers as quickly and
efficiently as possible. The program is available to businesses that have fewer than 150 full-time employees and are increasing their
Minnesota workforce by at least 10 percent, with a minimum of five new jobs.
Priority will be given to businesses in the manufacturing, skilled production and information technology industries and firms located
in Greater Minnesota. Businesses may use a variety of training providers or use in-house trainers.
Workers can be trained in basic skills, advanced technical skills, specific industry equipment, processes, safety, worker-related
language, soft skills and other areas identified by the employer.
Recipients must provide a cash match equal to 50 percent, 75 percent or 100 percent of the amount awarded by DEED, depending on the
size of the business.