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Wednesday, October 10 • 9:00am - 3:30pm
Entrepreneur Expo

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Microentrepreneurs:  This one’s for you!  Our full-day event features facilitated networking, hands-on social media lab, and direct access to consultants, experts, and successful entrepreneurs.  
Shawntera Hardy, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and editor of Fearless Commerce magazine kicks off the event.  Arts, food, retail, and service industry panel discussions follow where you will hear how successful local entrepreneurs got started and meet the people and organizations who made a difference along the way.   

Throughout the afternoon, Sarah White/Fotos for Barcelona will be taking free professional headshots.  Lani Basa from The BWC will lead facilitated networking workshops that will give you strategies for connecting and communicating your brilliance.  Use those skills to network with 30+ nonprofits and government agency exhibitors and with 200+ other microentrepreneurs in attendance.  

Registration opens at 9:00 (with pastries from Samantha’s Panadería y Pastelería).  Free lunch from K’s Revolutionary Catering will be served at 11:45. 

Parking Recommendations:
Parking is available on the street or in the ramp under the library (entrance on 4th Street).  Location is easily accessible by bus or light rail.

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Lani Basa

CEO, Lead Facilitator, The Business Women's Citcle
Lani Basa is the CEO and Lead Facilitator for The Business Women’s Circle®. She helped to co-found the company with Myrna Marofsky in 2009 and became the owner of The BWC® in 2016. Her experience comes from over 22 years at Target Corporation where she was responsible for strategic... Read More →
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Shawntera Hardy

Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Shawntera Hardy was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve as Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) on April 14, 2016. As Commissioner of the state's principal economic development agency, she is focused on creating jobs, promoting business recruitment, expansion... Read More →
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Arts Industry Panel

Springboard for the Arts (Moderator)
The Arts Industry Panel will include the executive director of a leading arts organization, a poet, a muralist, musicians, performance artists, and an arts researcher/consultant.From the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists toolkits and workshops, to career consultations, Springboard... Read More →
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Service Industry Panel

WomenVenture ( Moderator)
Hear the joys (helping people!) and challenges (licensing!) of running a business that offers a service.  Panelists include owners of a childcare center, a music school, a health and beauty salon, and more.  For forty years, WomenVenture has provided women of all ages, cultures... Read More →
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Retail Industry Panel

Neighborhood Development Center ( Moderator )
Midtown Global Market retailers will share their perspectives and experiences.  NDC empowers entrepreneurs and community partners to transform their low-income neighborhood economies from within.  NDC believes “concentrated poverty needs concentrated opportunity.” NDC helps... Read More →
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Food Industry Panel

Appetite for Change & Northside Opportunity Network (NEON) ( Co-Moderators)
Failures in Your Food Hustle: Learning lessons from food startups and how mistakes can make you smarter. This panel features local food entrepreneurs who have been through it and back, making mistakes and picking themselves back up from it and getting better. We think you should work... Read More →

Wednesday October 10, 2018 9:00am - 3:30pm CDT
Minneapolis Central Library 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401