Minnesota de novo sets its sights on entrepreneurs

Fire in the belly. It’s a key intangible that Dan Boeckermann, chair of EntreBank, recognizes in successful entrepreneurs. And Twin Cities banks, with two or three exceptions, have not adequately fueled such entrepreneurial flames. At least, that was what the principal and CEO of Bloomington, Minn.-based Boeckermann Grafstrom & Mayer, a small-business focused accounting firm itself billed as “entrepreneurial,” had been hearing over and over and over again. When Boeckermann decided to spearhead the launch of a new bank to change things, the CPA also looked for “fire in the belly” in the bankers needed to fulfill his . . .

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