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Wednesday, October 10 • 4:30pm - 9:00pm
Million Dollar Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs

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If you're a fan of ABC's Shark Tank, then this is the event for you! Up to 20 ethnic minority-owned businesses will be invited to make their best case in five minutes to a panel of judges regarding why their businesses are poised for growth.

In addition to food, drink and networking, this high-profile event will offer attendees a sneak peek at future vendors and companies to potentially invest in or even acquire while at the same time educating and lifting up minority businesses. Melvin Carter, the first African American mayor of Minnesota's capitol city, will be a presenter at this event along with Gary Cunningham who is CEO of Meda, a nonprofit that provides business consulting, access to capital, and market opportunities for minority entrepreneurs. Other partners include gener8tor, the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity.

Jump into our shark tank and see if you can swim!

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Melvin Carter

Mayor, City of Saint Paul
Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul public school graduate, former Saint Paul City Councilmember, father, and Saint Paul’s Mayor.Carter grew up in the Rondo neighborhood as the son of one of Saint Paul’s first black police officers, and a teacher... Read More →
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Gary Cunningham

President and CEO, Meda
Gary joined Meda as President and CEO in August 2014. Meda’s proven market-based solutions address racial economic inequities by fostering minority business development. For the past two years, Meda has been recognized as the top performing Minority Business Development Center in... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 4:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Travelers - Jackson Room 385 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102