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Mr. Craig Lindvahl

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Executive Director

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Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship
1207 Network Centre Blvd. Suite 3
Effingham , Illinois 62401
United States

Company Description: The Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship is an investment in the future, established by Midland States Bank. The Institute endeavors to establish the...   more

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Craig Lindvahl, executive director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship in Illinois, speaks Tuesday at the auditorium on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. He encouraged audience members to find the spark that can make their community a boomtown. Rand Middleton/Forum News Service
WILLMAR - A small town in Illinois that expanded its infrastructure to the nearby interstate highway is earning six times the revenue of the sister city on the other side of the interstate that did not expand its infrastructure.
Participants attending a discussion on how small towns can use their resources to attract new businesses were told Tuesday morning that the project was controversial at the time.
But the city is reaping the reward of those who had the entrepreneurial vision to take advantage of a situation and make things better in their community, said Craig Lindvahl, a former teacher, a filmmaker, author and executive director of the Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship in Illinois.
Lindvahl spoke Tuesday morning at the MinnWest Technology Campus auditorium in Willmar to 60 business and government leaders, along with 17 area high school students who are participating in an entrepreneurship program. The "Boomtown USA" discussion of community development was organized by the Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 collaborative effort.
Lindvahl discussed using local resources and engaging younger people in the business community. His discussion was based on two books: "Boomtown USA: The 7 1/2 Keys to Big Success in Small Towns," by Jack Schultz, and "The Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday," by Lindvahl.
In his own hometown of Effingham in south central, Illinois, Lindvahl said visionaries promoted the idea of constructing a lake, which was named Lake Sarah, because that area of the state is not blessed with many lakes like Minnesota.
The project was controversial and some of the "backward thinkers" didn't think this was such a good idea, Lindvahl said.
"It was too much money, it was too much effort. But now it's grown its own cottage industry around the lake. It's made our town a very attractive town for new business, for people to retire in and move in," he said.
Lindvahl talked about individuals who pursued a vision that eventually became a major business or led to business expansion in their towns.
In an interview, Lindvahl said it's important to have buy-in from all major stakeholders, such as local government.
"However, there are times when you have to do disruptive things. You want a buy-in. But sometimes if it's the right thing, you have to have the vision and the fortitude to just get it done,'' he said.
"When you have the opportunity to think about your community in a new way, and not just think about 'I wish this was better or I don't like this,' you get sort of immune and blind to the best things about your community sometimes,'' Lindvahl said.
"Having somebody from the outside come in and just trigger those thoughts about, 'Wait a minute: We've got this and we've got that. We've got this wonderful thing and that wonderful thing,' we can leverage those things and maybe build industry or build business that we haven't built before. We can appreciate who we are and really value what a great community we live in," he said.
Besides discussing keys to small-town success, Lindvahl explained the entrepreneurship program he founded for students interested in business or starting their own businesses called Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities.
Lindvahl said students learn to think and learn to view the world like entrepreneurs. He said entrepreneurship is not a collection of business skills and knowledge.
Lindvahl said the class never meets in a school, but always meets in a business.
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Craig Lindvahl - Executive Director
Craig Lindvahl is a nationally recognized educator and filmmaker. In more than thirty years of teaching, he has taught every grade k-12, and his work as a filmmaker and musician has taken him to nearly 20 countries and allowed him to work with young people from more than 25 countries. His television work is regularly seen on PBS stations around the country, and his most recent documentaries, including a behind-the-scenes look at the Cincinnati Reds, have enjoyed a run on the Major League Baseball Network.
He is the recipient of twelve Mid America Emmy Awards and eleven Telly Awards, for producing, writing, camera work, and composing, as well as the Studs Terkel Award for contributions to the humanities. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken National Educator Award and has twice been recognized as a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the year. In addition to being honored for excellence in teaching by a number of universities, he was also honored with a "Leaders in Learning" Award from the cable television industry and a distinguished educator award from Eastern Illinois University.
Along with his teaching partner, former Illinois Teacher of the Year Joe Fatheree, Lindvahl has participated in a number of groundbreaking educational endeavors, including the establishment of a nationally known filmmaking program and the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) class, a multi-district entrepreneurship class funded almost entirely by business investors.
As a result of his work with the innovative CEO class in Effingham, Illinois, he was recently named the Illinois "teacher-preneur" of the year.
Lindvahl is a sought after speaker and is available for speaking engagements in your community. Send an email to inquire about his availability
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"Any time the kids get to meet with Craig, it's time that you know is well-spent," said Hawk.
Facilitated by Midland Institute staff members Craig Lindvahl and Elizabeth Roepke, the main goal of the session was to get students thinking and interacting as a group in ways that they may not be used to.
"Craig did a fantastic job of getting the students out of their normal comfort zones," said program vice president Rollie Hawk after attending the meeting.
Board | Advance Illinois, 7 Mar 2015 [cached]
Craig Lindvahl Executive Director, Effingham County Entrepreneurship Course; Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship
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