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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 www.greaterminnesota.net/fellows 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, June 25

The next gathering for the Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club has been set for Tuesday, June 25th and hosted in the East Central Energy Auditorium in Braham, MN.

Doors open for networking at 5:30 PM, presentations start at 6:00. There will be a presentation on patents and intellectual property, as well as a business success story. Bring your ideas, inventions and friends!

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: www.ecmnbusiness.com

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: www.ecmnbusiness.com

Career Force Hiring Event – April 24, 2019

The CareerForce Center in Cambridge, MN will host the next hiring event on Wednesday, April 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  The hiring event will feature 20 local employers with current job openings.

Take advantage of this opportunity to come in and speak face-to-face with representatives from each company about their current employment opportunities.  The following companies will be in the reception area of CareerForce recruiting and hiring.

Upcoming SCORE Training Sessions

For over 50 years, SCORE has served as America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education.  As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.

A number of free webinar opportunities are available in the coming weeks:

April 4: Scale Your Business Through Outsourcing: https://www.score.org/event/scale-your-business-through-outsourcing

April 9: Succeeding in the Gig Economy: https://www.score.org/event/succeeding-gig-economy

April 16: Savvy Branding Strategies to Build Your Customer Base: https://www.score.org/event/savvy-branding-strategies-build-your-customer-base

April 18: Create a Plan for Your Business with a Powerful “GPS”: https://www.score.org/event/create-plan-for-your-business-with-powerful-GPS

April 25: Best Financing Options for Your Small Business: https://www.score.org/event/best-finance-options-for-small-business

May 16: 4 Steps to Improved Productivity in Your Business: https://www.score.org/event/4-steps-improved-productivity-your-business

 May 21: Career in Transition? Consider Franchise Ownership:  https://www.score.org/event/career-transition-consider-franchise-ownership

Upcoming Event: March 26, 2019

Entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs and existing businesses will soon have a place to meet monthly to get expert advice, learn about business assistance resources and make new network connections at the regional Inventors & Entrepreneurs (I&E) Club.

The inaugural I&E Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 26th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at East Central Energy, 412 Main Avenue North in Braham. Doors open for networking at 5:30 PM.

Each club meeting will consist of a presentation by a subject matter expert on topics relevant to entrepreneurs such as obtaining business financing, patents, or marketing and sales. The topic will change every month. Meetings will also include a presentation from a local business owner / manager on their personal experience operating their business, and a brief presentation on a business assistance program. A key component of the I&E Club will be the time for networking and making connections.
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