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Welcoming Wednesdays for Startups and Small Businesses


Launch Minnesota is partnering with coworking spaces and economic development agencies across the state to assist entrepreneurs through Welcoming Wednesdays for Startups and Small Businesses. This new initiative brings together startups, small businesses and community experts for the purpose of making new connections and getting answers to all business-related questions.

On the second Wednesday of each month, spaces across the state will spotlight the range of business resources available in their communities. There will be experts in each location, including business coaches, Launch Minnesota regional leaders, support organizations and consultants from Small Business Development Centers.

All sessions are free with no registration required.

In addition to the in-person gatherings, these events will also be offered virtually on the Minnesota Exchange.

Details are also available on Launch Minnesota's Statewide Startup Calendar.

The next Welcoming Wednesday is scheduled for June 14.

June Welcoming Wednesday Host Locations

Northeast – Itasca Economic Development Center

  • Itasca Economic Development Center
  • Where: 12 NW 3rd St, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
  • When: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Hosts: Amanda Lamppa (Innovate 218), Nichole Arbour (SBDC Business Consultant), Rob Sjostrand (SBDC Business Consultant)

Northwest – LaunchPad Bemidji

  • Where: 102 1st St W, Bemidji, MN 56601
  • When: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. or by appointment
  • Program: What's SCRUM and How Can it Benefit Your Business?
  • Offerings: Free coworking

Southeast – Red Wing Ignite

  • Where: 419 Bush St, Red Wing, MN 55066
  • When: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Hosts: Ben Koppel (Entrepreneurship Coach), Minority Owned Business Network
  • Offerings: Free coworking, Lunch and Learn with MOBN

Southwest – South Central Small Business Development Center and Mogwai Collaborative

  • Where: 424 Riverfront Dr, Mankato, MN 56001
  • When: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and free coworking in Mogwai all day
  • Hosts: Mankato State University and South-Central SBDC Center

West Central – Foundry

  • Where: 101 W. Lincoln. Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537
  • When: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Host: Ryan Tungseth (Greater Fergus Falls Business Coach)

Twin Cities (three locations)

  • City of Bloomington
    • Where: Bloomington Civic Plaza (Dakota Conference Room), 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington, MN 55431
    • When: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    • Host: Jeffrey Aguy
  • Impact Hub
    • Where: 825 Washington Avenue SE, #200, Minneapolis, 55414
    • When: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Host: LegalCorps
  • Scott County Center for Entrepreneurship
    • Where: Dean Lakes Education Center, 4601 Dean Lakes Blvd., Shakopee, MN 55379
    • When: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Hosts: Scott County CFE Experts
    • Program: Unraveling Artificial Intelligence
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