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St. Cloud financial advising practice, Jacobs Financial, announced as the 2024 Family-Owned Business of the Year

ST. CLOUD, Minn. April 3, 2024 – Jacobs Financial, a wealth management firm and affiliate of North Star Resource Group, was today announced as the recipient of the 2024 Family-Owned Business of the Year award by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce (SCACC).

This award recognizes family-owned businesses in Central Minnesota for their outstanding work in the community and their dedication to serving others.

“This is a huge honor for the Jacobs team,” said James Jacobs, CLU®, ChFC®, CLTC, founding partner at Jacobs Financial. “For more than 50 years, we have worked together to do the right thing for our clients, employees and our community, and this honor reflects our shared dedication to this mission.”

Jacobs Financial was founded in 1973 by James Jacobs and his father-in-law, David Willmore, as Jacobs, Willmore & Associates. Originally located in Bloomington, Minn., the firm relocated to St. Cloud, Minn., in 1979. In 1992, James took over full ownership of the firm and renamed it Jacobs Financial.

Shortly thereafter, two of James’ sons, David and Andrew Jacobs, joined the firm in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Since then, Jacobs has grown to encompass seven financial advisors and numerous administrative staff, who all help personal and business clients pursue their financial goals. The firm is also planning future expansions to Brainerd, Minn., and Maple Grove, Minn., and they expect to add several new financial advisors to their team throughout the rest of 2024.

“Growth is a key component to Jacobs’ success,” stated David Jacobs, CFP®, CPFA®, AIF®, NQPA, CLTC, senior partner and wealth management advisor. “As we look toward expanding our presence to the Brainerd and Twin Cities regions of Minnesota, we are excited to welcome additional advisors to our team and continue providing the level of service our clients need—and want.”

Jacobs also holds a steadfast commitment to serving those in their community. For 18 years, they have organized and sponsored the Swing Fore Charity event, which has raised over $470,000 to benefit organizations such as The Greater St. Cloud Public Safety Foundation and Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity. They also have been long-time supporters of community organizations such as Kiwanis, Kids Fighting Hunger, Junior Achievement and St. Cloud Area Family YMCA.

“From the very beginning, Jacobs has existed to help others achieve their goals and live the life they want,” added Andrew Jacobs, ChFC®, AIF®, RICP®, CLTC, senior partner and wealth management advisor. “It is wonderful being able to positively impact others in our community and truly make a difference.”

Jacobs Financial and the other award winners will be honored at the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Business Awards Luncheon event on May 1, 2024, in Waite Park, Minn.

To learn more about Jacobs Financial, visit

About the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce
The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce is the premier representative of the business community. Supported and led by members and professional staff, they create, enhance and support a healthy business environment for their members. Their mission is to build, strengthen and support a diverse economy that can be shared by all. To learn more about the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, visit

About North Star Resource Group
North Star Resource Group is a Minneapolis-based financial services firm that provides both individuals and businesses with the resources to help create, preserve, and protect their wealth. North Star has more than 192 full-time advisors and over 178 employees. In a network of 42 offices in over 20 states, they have contributed to the financial security and well-being of over 140,000 individuals and small businesses**. To learn more about North Star Resource Group, visit

**Data as of December 2023


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2024 Family-Owned Business of the Year issued by St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. A family owned and operated business which has been passed from one generation to another. Nominees must also serve as a majority owner and operator or bear principal responsibility for operating the business with at least a 15 year track record. Listing in this publication and/or award is not a guarantee of future investment success. This recognition should not be construed as an endorsement of the financial professional by any client. No compensation was provided directly or indirectly by the recipient for participation or in connection with obtaining or using the third-party rating or award.

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