Business Advice from People With Real World Experience

That will be the focus of the next Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club meeting on Tuesday, April 27th at 6:00 PM. Our speakers will include Dick Jordan with SCORE (formerly Service Corps of Retired Executives) on their entrepreneur and business leader mentorship programs, and Linda Laitala will speak on her real-world experience on selling her business – what went well, and what she would do differently.

Complete the RSVP form and a calendar appointment will be sent to you with the Zoom meeting link.

MN Cup 2021 Applications Due April 16th

MN Cup is a community-led, public-private partnership supporting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs. Hosted by the University of Minnesota, this annual competition reaches emerging entrepreneurs from across the state and connects them with education, mentorship and support to launch and accelerate the development of their new ventures. The competition and events are totally free!

Minnesota Cup (MN Cup) is kicking off our 17th season! Applications for the 2021 competition are open from March 15 – April 16. MN Cup is here to connect current and aspiring Minnesota entrepreneurs to education, mentorship, seed capital, and the broader community. You do not need to have an entity formed or be earning revenue to apply – all Minnesotans and Minnesota-based businesses earning less than $1M annual revenue are eligible. MN Cup has given away $4 Million in non-dilutive seed funding since 2005, and plans to award at least $400,000 this season. We hope you’ll share this free, accessible, supportive opportunity with founders and innovators in your network!

Ready to learn more? Click here for information on scheduling an info session or go straight to the application!

SBA Resources & MINPACK owner featured for March I&E Club

We invite you to our next Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club event on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:00 PM. This meeting will be held in an online format only.

Our speakers will include Jessica Schott Bitz with Falcon National Bank and Terry Stein from MN Business Finance Corp speaking on SBA programs for entrepreneurs, as well as Bob Thompson, owner of MINPACK in Pine City, as this month’s Business Success Story.

Complete the RSVP below to receive a link for the event.

County Resources will be the February Focus

The Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club for Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM in an online / telephone format only, will feature county representatives from Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, and Pine to talk about Resources & Assistance available in East Central Minnesota for Inventors & Entrepreneurs.

We are requesting advance registration for those that wish to attend this month’s session. The online meeting link will only be shared with attendees that are registered and only verified attendees will be admitted into the session. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club Meets November 26th

We invite you to our next Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club meeting on Tuesday, November 26th at East Central Energy in Braham. Doors open at 5:30 PM for networking, and presentations are from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Our Business Success Story will be from entrepreneur Dennis Frandsen.

The event is free to attend and open to the public. For more info, please log on to the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club website:

Are you an entrepreneur with a social enterprise idea?

If the answer is yes…. then you need to check out the Initiators Fellowship opportunity for Greater Minnesota.

A quick visit to the website at will provide you with a variety of information, including some details about what the program is all about.

The Fellowship is designed for idea stage, high-potential entrepreneurs who are eager to tackle a social challenge and pursue leadership growth. In addition to an annual $30,000 stipend, Fellows benefit from supportive programming, educational opportunities and a resource-rich ecosystem of experts, including dedicated staff and mentors.

Applicants typically are at an early stage in developing their social enterprise idea. Early-stage development means applicants have, at the very least, identified a particular social problem that they feel passionate about addressing and have developed a working model for a potential solution. They may also have started testing their hypothesis, and may even have early results, proof of concept or revenue. Usually, they will be in the first few years of their enterprise development. Ventures may be for-profit or nonprofit. The key is that their operating model has meaningful revenue generation and a path to financial sustainability.

If you’ve made it this far and think you’ve got an idea that is worth exploring, then visit the website and get started. The application deadline is coming up quickly – July 15, 2019.

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Event, May 28th

The next gathering for the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club has been set for Tuesday, May 28th and hosted in the East Central Energy Auditorium in Braham, MN.

Doors open for networking at 5:30 PM, presentations start at 6:00. This month we’ll have three presentations from entrepreneurs on their experience in business– each business at a different stage. We’re looking forward to learn from their experiences.

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club events are free and open to the public. Bring your ideas, inventions and friends! For more info and sign up for email updates, log on to: