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4th Annual WE* Conference: Customer, Customer, Customer!

Wednesday, April 5, 12:30pm—6:00pm

Community wide

You are invited to join hundreds of women entrepreneurs for the 4th annual Women in Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by WE*. This year, it’s all about the customer and how to keep them at the heart of your business throughout the value chain. The half-day seminar will feature successful entrepreneurs and professionals sharing personal success stories and lessons learned related to product testing, user experience, manufacturing, retail, and marketing.

The day will kick off with DEED Commissioner and entrepreneur Shawntera Hardy, followed by multiple speakers and concluding with a special keynote from ed-tech entrepreneur Cecilia Retelle of Ranku, now part of Wiley.

From TechCruch: Ranku was acquired by Wiley in late 2016 for around $25 million. A strong exit for a startup that had only raised $650,000. The startup scored that seed round in 2014 from Mark Cuban, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Microsoft Accelerator, Archangel and Deborah Quazzo. Ranku’s story is also a testament to the power of pivots. The startup changed directions several times. The company was founded in 2013 by Kim Taylor and Cecilia Retelle Zywicki.

The networking reception following the keynote will feature table-top discussions with different funding sources.

Twin Cities Geekettes Meetup

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00pm—8:30pm

Minneapolis - Uptown

This is such an important topic, we decided to have another meetup based around resumes and interview skills.

Fellow Geekette, Alison Beattie will be giving a talk on how to have a fantastic interview and Taylor Sandquist from Prime will be back to give her awesome presentation on how to write an effective tech resume!

About our speakers:

Alison Beattie: a fiery Scot interested in making digital experiences better for humans. As Director of UX at Target she leads teams creating the future of Target’s mobile apps and registry products. She also leads local non-profit Mpls MadWomen in sparking difficult conversations around gender equality and supporting women in all aspects of their careers and lives. Recently she was recognized as one of the 2016 Top 50 Women in Business by Mpls St Paul Business Journal. She is an ever dabbling coder, mentor, podcaster and artist seeking to understand what makes people tick.

Taylor Sandquist: Official title is Community Relations & Operations Manager at Prime Digital Academy. Actual title is Career Development Master 😉

This event is open to all!

Food will be provided by Capella and our space is provided by CoCo in Uptown.

Estimated schedule:
6:00pm – Arrive, mingle, network and eat
6:30pm – Icebreaker, announcements, etc
6:45pm – Talks begin
8:00pm – Start wrapping up
8:30pm – End of evening

SCORE Business Coaching at COCO

Thursday, April 13, 11:00am—1:00pm

St. Paul - Lowertown

St. Paul SCORE and COCO have teamed up to provide free and confidential business counseling tailored to meet the needs of your small business. Select a 30-minute time slot to meet with a SCORE coach in-person at COCO. SCORE coaches deliver valuable, timely, and practical advice based on the current needs of your business. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, coaches can help you open new markets, reach new customers, and achieve new goals.

Local Legends with Erik Saltvold

Wednesday, April 26, 6:00pm—8:00pm

Minneapolis - Uptown

You might not know his last name, but you have probably noticed or even visited one of his bike shops. We’ll be spending the evening with Erik Saltvold, Founder of ERIK’S Bike Shop. Hear about his 40-year journey of building the ERIK’S brand and footprint right here in the midwest. Bring your questions for this life-long business owner!

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

Erik’s official bio
Erik was 13 when he started ERIK’S. His first bike, a hand-me-down from an older family member, sparked his interest in bikes. With entrepreneurial spirit, and the money he saved from his job (the only other job he’s ever had) as a paperboy – Erik began his business. He bought 50 used bikes, fixed them up, and sold them. Now in it’s 40th year, ERIK’S employs over 300 people and has 26 store locations – 16 in Minnesota, 8 in Wisconsin and now 2 in Kansas. His selection of products and services focuses on Bicycling, Snowboards, Downhill Skis, Skateboards, Pro Scooters and all the gear that goes with them. Erik enjoys working at the shops and helping customers find that perfect bike, snowboard or downhill skis! In fact, he often meets a “Third Generation Shopper” of a customer from his original backyard barn store!

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

Local Legends with Kieran Folliard

Wednesday, June 28, 6:00pm—8:00pm

Minneapolis - Uptown

We’ll be hanging with this transplanted Irishman and learning all about his graceful transitions from building Irish pubs in the Twin Cities to creating the 2 Ginger Irish Whiskey brand to navigating the brands that call the FOOD BUILDING home. Come prepared with questions!

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

Local Legends with Lili Hall

Wednesday, August 23, 6:00pm—8:00pm

Minneapolis - Uptown

Lili Hall founded KNOCK in 2001 after 14 years in brand-building and business development. Throughout those years, Lili dreamed of starting a branding and design firm that would fulfill her vision of a more perfect union of amazing design talent and insightful business acumen. In 2001, she made KNOCK a reality. As KNOCK’s founder and president, Lili has grown KNOCK into a successful enterprise that continually achieves proven results for clients.

Agenda

  • 6-6:30 – Check-in & networking
  • 6:30-7:30 – Program
  • 7:30-8 – Networking

About the Local Legends speaker series
Startups are nothing new in Minnesota. Many of the products and services we take for granted were started by a lone entrepreneur at some time. Target, General Mills, Medtronic, 3M, Best Buy? All founded by someone with a big idea. We want to sit down with the founders of well-known and much-loved local businesses and projects and simply ask them, “how’d you do it?”

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