For Dave Hengel, executive director of Greater Bemidji, an economic development organization, having four Bemidji companies on the Inc. 5000 is a validation of what he's noticed the past few years.
"I've been calling Bemidji the emerging start-up city of Minnesota, and this is just another one of those indications of that," Hengel
"We've had some great entrepreneurs that have started wonderful companies that are springing up across the city.
We've seen a lot of that in the entrepreneur meet ups here at Greater Bemidji
According to Hengel
, one of the key benefits from the recent listing is the variety.
"Historically, over the years, Bemidji hasn't had as diverse of an economy as we'd like to have.
It certainly has been focused on tourism, retail and services," Hengel
Certainly the first is the space for people starting a company," Hengel