President's Corner: Small business, big impact

At UWNEMN we are grateful year after year to year to see how both large and small businesses consistently show up to support our partners, programs, and initiatives in our service area.

While the importance of the Northland’s major employers cannot be overstated, a region comprised of small towns is a region comprised of small businesses. If big businesses are the driver of our workforce, the small businesses are the wheels.

As both a businessman myself and an Ely resident who relies on small businesses daily, I am excited about the new Small Business 365 program UWNEMN has launched to recognize the many, many small businesses in our service area that support our work.

I hope this new program also helps small businesses see a place for themselves in our area’s philanthropic community. Some may think their business or workplace is too small to make a difference, but any business of any size can have a lasting impact on helping to support the local agencies that support those most in need in our communities.

Every dollar contributed to UWNEMN matters and has an impact on our communities.

What does $1/day really do?

  • Provides holiday meal kits for four veterans in need to enjoy with their families.
  • Mails monthly Imagination Library books to 10 local children for a full year.
  • Fills 45 Buddy Backpacks weekend meal kits for local students facing food insecurity.
  • Supplies two families or individuals recovering from a housing emergency with Comforts of Home essentials.
  • Connects one child in need of an additional positive role model with a Lunch Buddies mentor throughout the school year.
  • Supports the non-profit(s) most meaningful to you in your community.

No matter what size your business or what size your individual donation, great things really do happen when you give where you live.

Dean DeBeltz is the Vice President of External Relations and Project Operations for Twin Metals and has served on UWNEMN’s Board of Directors for eight years.