I wanted to share for businesses on the Iron Range that might be interested – also as an idea for economic developers in other areas…
Small Iron Range businesses will learn about technology and social media strategies that can help grow business at a Thursday, May 11 forum at Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.
“Entrepreneurs on Tap” is the first of at least three small business forums to be scheduled by the “Recharge the Range” Small Business Strategies action group.
The 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. forum, titled “Technology & Social Media to grow your business,” features a panel discussion led by Anna Anderson of Art Unlimited in Angora.
Three successful small businesses, represented by Mike Larson of Kondos Outdoors in Ely, Karin Woodman of 24hr Bookkeeper in Hibbing and RaeAnne Conat of Swanky Sweet Pea in International Falls, will be panelists.
The forum is an initiative stemming from four large “Recharge the Range” forums held in 2016.
“Cultivating and growing networks of like-minded small business owners is critical to our region and was a major need expressed in the Recharge the Range forums,” said Shawn Wellnitz, Entrepreneur Fund chief executive officer and a Recharge the Range Small Business Strategies action group host. “It’s also important to highlight the success stories at this event, so that other small business owners and entrepreneurs see what is possible in the region.”
Three primary themes aimed at helping small Iron Range businesses emerged from the large Recharge the Range forums:
– Strengthen and expand entrepreneur networks.
– Create and communicate a new narrative about entrepreneurs on the Iron Range.
– Connect and improve direct resources for entrepreneurs.
It’s hoped that up to 60 small business owners will attend.
“The Iron Range has a host of talented small business owners and innovative people,” said Wellnitz. “Connecting them with other business owners, resource providers, and fostering their growth is a critical first step with this event.”