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Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401

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Build your small business skills and find support and inspiration with expert speakers, panels and workshops, exhibitors and more! Before you register, please complete the workshop interest form. Free event. Light lunch will be served.

9-9:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast (Dulceria Bakery)

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Welcome: Karen Francois, Assistant Commissioner for Economic Equity & Opportunity, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Keynote speaker: Dr. Denise E. Williams, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Organizational Behavior, College of Management, Metro State University and CEO, DEW Consulting Group LLC

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Choose from four panel discussions:

• Creative Capital

• Taking Your Idea from Patent to Production

• Alternative Structures: Nonprofits, Social Enterprise, Cooperatives

• Minimize Risk and Set Up Your Business for Success

11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Lunch (Come and Get It Catering)

• Visit exhibitors

• Open computer lab staffed with volunteers to help you establish your businesses social media presence • Professional photographer who will take headshots free of charge

1-2 p.m.

Choose from three workshops:

• Everything You Need to Know about Importing and Exporting

• Fill in the Blanks of Your Business Plan: Getting Started with Research

• Basics of Digital Marketing: Getting Started and Creating Content

2-3 p.m.

• Visit exhibitors

• Open computer lab staffed with volunteers to help you establish your businesses social media presence

• Professional photographer who will take headshots free of charge

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