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The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans.

Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top businesses and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs. In fact, more than 2,400 organizations already trust the Coursera platform to train their employees. This partnership is made possible by the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative.

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Entrepreneurs 1st Office Hours

Looking to get some help or have general questions about business or entrepreneurship? Take advantage of the E1 Office Hours, every Tuesday from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Representatives of our regional entrepreneurial and small business ecosystem will be available to assist you.

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The Coven and Lunar Startups Present: Fix-It Friday

Fix It Friday is a weekly video call for entrepreneurs, changemakers, and leaders to get help with a burning question or listen in to learn from our peers. Here's how it works: The Coven and Lunar Startups invite a panel of experts to join a Zoom call. Our experts share their perspective on a weekly theme, and then we take questions from the audience. Our goals? To inspire, to fill your tank, and to provide useful connections and resources.

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference

The second annual Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference will take place Thursday, Sept. 10. Last year's conference in Waseca, Minn. brought together more than 100 entrepreneurs, business leaders, economic development professionals,decision makers, and community champions. Participants had the opportunity to connect with others who care about entrepreneurship in their region. Be sure to save the date for this exciting event, and please help spread the word! (The conference will be held in Staples, Minn. in 2021.) Detailed conference information is available.

U.S. Small Business Administration

SUMMER SCHOOL: Brush up on businesses basics with these free online courses.

Basics of Entrepreneurship: From Idea to Customer

This live-facilitated 8-session program will help people considering starting a business and small business owners think deeply about their customers, identify their target market, and build their product or service in a customer-focused manner. Learn more.

SciTech Internship

SciTech connects STEM college students (science, technology, engineering and math) to paid internships that provide rewarding hands-on experience in small Minnesota businesses. Companies receive assistance finding qualified candidates and a $1:$1 wage match to cover 50% of the intern’s wages (capped at $2,500) when they hire a student through SciTech. Learn more.


Early Stage Startup Funding Webinar

Startup fundraising is a challenge in the best of times - during the COVID-19 crisis, the options may shift or be delayed. This panel session will revolve around some of the key tactics and resources concerning startup funding. Based on your product and business model, various funding options may be appropriate, including SBIR/STTR and other grants, bootstrapping, angel investors, loans, and (occasionally) venture capital. A recording of the event is located here.

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