Become A Member
How to Become a Member
In order to become a member of LEDC, each client must attend an orientation. Orientations are offered the third Thursday of every month at 3pm at the LEDC offices. In order to register for an orientation, please call the front desk at 612-724-5332.
After attending an orientation, prospective members can talk with a business consultant, free of charge, to determine whether their business idea is feasible. If they decide to continue in the start-up process, they must fill out the Membership Application (which can be picked up at our office) and pay the membership fee appropriate to their level of membership. Benefits of becoming a member and membership levels can be found here.
Rights and Responsibilities of Members:
Once you have been accepted as a member of LEDC and have paid for your membership, you have the following rights:
- Name and register a legal representative before LEDC
- Vote on the nominations for the board of directors
- Nominate yourself for the board or nominate other members in good standing of LEDC
- Receive written information on activities when LEDC staff considers it pertinent.
- Participate in projects where LEDC acts as manager or associate, if the established processes are followed and approved by the authorities of said project.
- Ask for and receive services from another individual, business or organization that is not a member of LEDC.
- Renounce or abstain from receiving any benefit of being a member of LEDC.
- Cancel your membership, in writing, at any time, if the member in question does not have any debt with LEDC.
- Appeal if your membership is canceled or negated.
- Receive the benefits of being a member of LEDC, detailed above.
In order to provide excellent service to our membership, and assure their access to the resources we provide, each member has the following responsibilities:
- Pay for your membership within the established terms and periods.
- Punctually attend the orientations, courses and workshops that you register for at the time and on the date indicated.
- Attend your appointments with counselors on time. If you arrive 30 minutes late your appointment will be canceled and will still count toward your 10 hours of technical assistance. If you can not make the time and date agreed upon, you should contact the LEDC office as soon as possible to cancel.
- If you do not attend 3 appointments with business counselors, your membership will be subject to analysis.
- Abide by the agreed upon proposals from assessments by LEDC staff.
- Attend the annual meeting
- Read and understand the state, local and federal laws and what they require of you.