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The Cactus included in Empact Showcase

The Cactus in Perham has been named to the 2012 Empact Showcase.

Blake Minge, owner/operator of The Cactus, has been recognized by the showcase as being among the United States' "Top Companies Started by Young Entrepreneurs."

The showcase is a compilation of companies in the U.S. started by entrepreneurs age 30 and under, whose annual revenues or operating budgets (for non-profits) are more than $100,000. In 2012, the companies comprising the showcase contributed more than 8,000 jobs to the economy, and controlled $1 billion in revenue.

Sarah Green, co-founder of EmpactlOO, said, "We are proud of all of the entrepreneurs on the 2012 Empact Showcase and pleased to support them by celebrating the spirit, dedication and hard work that has made them successful entrepreneurs."

In early 2012, entrepreneurs meeting the minimum criteria from across the country were invited by Empact to apply for their showcase. The list was judged primarily by revenue, with additional factors such as number of employees, social impact, growth over the past year, and innovativeness coming into play.

The official 2012 Empact100 list of the top companies within the showcase is determined by the Empact100 Academy, which reviews the entrepreneurs' responses.

Members of the 2012 Empact100 Academy are among the United States' leading entrepreneurs, and include Gene Landrum, founder of Chuck E. Cheese; Jeff Hoffman, founding member of; and Mike Delazzer, founder of Redbox.

For more information on the EmpactlOO and Empact Showcase, visit