As a community we recognize that our history and future are inexorably tied to the entrepreneurial spirit. As a city, we are committed to cultivating a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship similar that which first built our city.

Our preceding entrepreneurs have assured our sense of community, challenged us, and empowered us to dream beyond ourselves. Therefore, we’ve partnered with the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) who’ve recently named the City of Le Sueur as one of their five Rural Entrepreneurial Venture (REV) cities.


The LIFE (Le Sueur Initiative for Entrepreneurs) initiative will focus to recruit and engage a vibrant community of entrepreneurs who will serve as they lead, build, and implement an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will:

  • Encourage organic economic growth
  • Nurture and multiply innovation
  • Embrace creativity and new ideas
  • Leverage our existing wealth of community assets
  • Engage local entrepreneurs to see Le Sueur as a place to grow their dreams

Through this initiative, the city of Le Sueur will build economic growth and prosperity by:

  • Increasing the diversity of our business industry
  • Filling vacancies
  • Job creation

LIFE’s Kick-Off event starts at 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at The Bar in Le Sueur.

Guest speakers: Tim Tupy & Tim Gerdes


Tim  Tupy was born and raised in New Prague Minnesota, and moved to Mankato in 1987 to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance.  After college he worked for Hickory Tech and Midwest Wireless.  For six years Tim was responsible for Product Development at Midwest Wireless.

Tim and his wife Tami started LIV AVEDA Salon & Spa in 2002.  They currently have over 65 employees. LIV Aveda was the 2010 Distinguished Business Award recipient and 2003 New Business Award recipient from Greater Mankato Growth.

Tim has been a homebrewer for years and had been encouraged by friends and family to open a brewery.  Mankato Brewery will be the first production brewery in Mankato since 1967.  The brewery business is nothing new to Tim’s family, his Great-Great-Great-Grandfather, Albert Minar SR, started the first brewery in New Prague MN in 1884.


Jason Gerdes helps assist our borrowers and lenders with the process of loan applications and closings. His role is to work for small business owners and with a variety of lenders to provide creative financing solutions for the development of small business projects

Currently, Jason is a Loan Officer at Prairieland EDC.