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Thursday, October 11 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Story of Chuck & Don’s: How “Man’s Best Friend” Turned Friends into Entrepreneurs and a Thriving Retail Chain

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Pets have a way of bringing people together and that’s exactly how Chuck Anderson and Don Tauer met. Their involvement in owning, training and showing German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Schipperkes, Border Collies and mixed breeds is how Chuck and Don met and became friends. But how did they turn that friendship into a successful pet supply retailer, in one of the most competitive industries? Join us for an informative panel discussion to hear and learn from their story. Following their vision, today Chuck & Don’s, a Minnesota-based company, has stores in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
This special panel, as part of Twin Cities Start Up Week, will share insights and inspirations from four members of the Chuck & Don’s team.
1) Carol Moline, Manager Store Design
2) Christine Schraml, Marketing Lead
3) Megan Hulse, Buyer
4) David Zimmerman, District Operations Manager
Moderated by the event host, STAR, the panel will cover a range of topics including:
1) Turning a vision into a viable business
2) Differentiation in a competitive market
2) Connecting digital with the retail environment
3) How the Chuck & Don’s physical environment plays a role in telling the story of their brand.
4) and more….
Everyone at Chuck & Don’s is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which they operate. Their participation in TCSW is just another way they give back. Come with your own questions. This is a great opportunity to learn from a local, innovative, and leading retailer.

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Kitty Hart

Director of Brand Strategy, Star
Kitty has spent the past 23 years creating successful brand relationships within advertising, multi-media, and experience design. Kitty excels at consulting with her clients and helping them understand and develop the fundamentals of strong brand design practices including strategy... Read More →
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Megan Hulse

Buyer, Chuck & Don's
Megan Hulse has worked with Chuck & Don’s since March 2017 as the role of a Buyer. Prior to working for Chuck & Don’s, she worked in various Product Development and Management roles. She attended Wisconsin Stout and has a BA in Retail Merchandising and Business Management. Hulse... Read More →
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Carol Moline

Manager, Store Design, Chuck & Don's
Carol and her husband are Minnesota natives, have two grown daughters, and as of August, two grandchildren. With a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Minnesota Carol began working in retail design for Target Corporation where she gained experience in a design... Read More →
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Christine Schraml

Marketing Lead, Chuck & Don's
Christine grew up in Mankato, Minn and after graduating from Loyola High School, went to Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. to experience a “bigger city.” She received her degree in Journalism/Public Relations with an emphasis on Political Science and went to work for the Omaha... Read More →
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David Zimmerman

District Operations Manager, Chuck & Don's
David is a graduate of North Dakota State University in Fargo.  He started his career in retail while in college and has worked as a manager for Target, Pamida, and Party City.  David started with Chuck & Don’s Pet Food and Supplies in 2011, and currently works as a District Operations... Read More →

Thursday October 11, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
STAR 6688 93rd Avenue North, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445