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CONGRATS to our cohort who completed the Transition in Nature's
7 Pillars of a Business Plan. 
There was learning, laughter, community building, group think, 1:1 mentoring, snacks and fun! 
DIRECT FROM THE ENTREPRENEUR

Brianna Bucholz
“I’ve been aware of Red Wing Ignite for a few years—however, I had NO idea the extent of what they do for our entrepreneur community.  I am in the process of building my own insurance agency, and the entire staff at Red Wing Ignite is amazing; they go the extra mile to help you succeed.  From pitches to business planning to capital funding—they have all the counseling you need.  I would highly recommend collaborating with this great staff to see what value they can bring to your business”.
LOOKING FOR SUPPORT?
Randii Waddell, Entrepreneur Specialist, is our friendly "front door" to getting help for your business idea or existing business.  Send her a note here or call her directly at 651-327-2626.

I  M  P  A  C  T!

In March: 
  • 110 attendees at events/classes
  • 87 unique people/businesses in attendance
  • 291 hrs of education training provided
  • 18 hrs of 1:1 mentoring
DEED ROUNDTABLE

 

MN DEED Commissioner Steve Grove joined Launch Minnesota and community leaders in Rochester on April14th for a roundtable discussion on the region’s strong innovation ecosystem and economic growth.

The group, which included Launch MN grantee Canomiks, talked about the need to collaborate across sectors and celebrate the success of innovators in Southeast Minnesota. 


DEED Press Release from SE Visit in Rochester
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDEED/bulletins/3141af2?reqfrom=share

SBA AWARD WINNERS



Two of the entrepreneur's we serve, and who have been part of our E1 Ignite Cup, have recently been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
 
Busy Baby, owned by Beth Fynbo, is SBA's Minnesota Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year. “We are glad we can take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of all of Minnesota’s Veteran entrepreneurs by raising up Beth Fynbo and Busy Baby as a great example of what can be accomplished when you have a great idea and go out and get the support you need to make it a reality," said Brian McDonald, SBA's Minnesota district director. Read more.
Watch the KAAL video.
 
Ian Roback, founder of Clear Water Nitrate Reduction, is SBA's Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year. “We are thrilled to honor Ian Roback for his efforts to create a sustainable business that is also leading the way to a more sustainable environment that will benefit us all," said McDonald. Read more.
 
WAY TO GO!
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SE MINNESOTA ENTREPRENEURS FIRST (E1)
Events/Classes
E1-Entrepreneurs First Calendar of Events

https://www.entrepreneursfirst.org/

Meet our Regional Partners click here.
SBDC SATELLITE OFFICE
The Southeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center has a satellite office at Red Wing Ignite, affording business owners and entrepreneurs another valuable, local resource. “We are open for business,” said Interim SBDC Regional SE Director Mark Thein and have a range of business professionals to provide free services for those that qualify.
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