Value Proposition Design Online

Date: April 22, 2020

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Location: Webinar

Launch Minnesota and Carlson School - Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship are pleased to announce a lean startup course for technology entrepreneurs.

A structured, hands-on program to quickly assess and refine business concepts, thus avoiding costly mistakes and accelerating your progress to market launch.

  • Lean Startup Intro
  • Product-Market Fit
  • Customer Discovery
  • Pathway to Commercialization
  • Market Assessment

This course begins April 22 and will be held via webinar every other Wednesday.

Ag Summit 2020

Date: April 1, 2020

Time: 8:00 am

Location: Steele County Four Seasons Centre 1525 South Elm Avenue Owatonna, MN 55060

**NOTE: please see event website for any postponements or cancellations due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)** 
 
The annual Riverland Community College Ag Summit is for producers, food processors, agribusiness professionals, educators, and students.

About this Event:

Riverland’s annual Ag Summit, an informative day of learning and networking for the Ag community. The event is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at the Four Seasons Center in Owatonna, Minnesota. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. with the opening session at 8:30 a.m. A delicious brunch featuring local foods will be served.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Patrice Bailey, Assistant Commissioner for Minnesota Department of Agriculture, will speak on the Future of Agriculture.

Bailey oversees Outreach, Agricultural Marketing and Development, Dairy and Meat Inspection, and Food and Feed Safety for the MDA. Bailey, a native of Harlem, New York, holds a B.S. in Agriculture Education from Prairie View A&M University (Texas) and has a Master's Degree in Agriculture from Iowa State University. He has served the Twin Cities in several positions focused on bridging underrepresented communities of color to various available resources and advocating for them legislatively at the Capitol. Most recently, he served as the Outreach Director for the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Economics of Improving Soil Health with Andy Linder, Minnesota’s 2019 Minnesota Outstanding Conservationist;
  • Best Practices in Farm Transition Planning with U of M expert Megan Roberts; grain marketing; Conservation Agriculture with The Nature Conservancy;
  • Farm Business Management's 2019 Annual Report for Southern Minnesota (data on finances, crops, and livestock).

 

Richard Schmitz Food Entrepreneurship Series- Be Local, See Global

Date: March 16, 2020

Time: 3:30-5 pm

Location: Ostrander Auditorium - Centennial Student Union, Minnesota State University, Mankato

**NOTE: please see event website for any postponements or cancellations due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)** 

 

Please join us for a fireside chat featuring two national prominent women leaders in Ag, Kristin Duncanson and Sheryl Meshke.

Be Local, See Global

Join Kristin Duncanson, owner and partner of Highland Family Farms and Sheryl Meshke, CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc. for an event showcasing how innovation is survival in an ever-changing agriculture world. Learn how innovation, supply chain managment, sustainability and consumer needs are at the forefront of their daily decision making. Kristin and Sheryl both serve as board members for the the MN AgriGrowth Council. Through their local involvements, they are committed to making an impact on a global scale.

FREE EVENT AND FREE PARKING- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Kristin Ducanson and Sheryl Meshke both know what it takes to be a successful and innovative entrepreneur. Kristin is the owner and partner of Highland Family farms, a Minnesota-based corn, soy and hog farm. She is focused on the triple bottom line, committed to creating benefits in the social, economic and environmental world. Sheryl, Co-President and CEO of Associated Milk Producers, Inc, knows what agriculture success and failure means from all angles. By knowing the industry first hand and educating others, she strives to strengthen the future of the ag and dairy industries.

 

ABOUT THE ENDOWMENT:

The Richard R. and Mary L. Schmitz Endowment for Opportunities in Food Entrepreneurship was founded in 1999. The fund creates scholarships and supports an annual lecture by industry experts in the category of food entrepreneurship. This includes executives within a broad range of food processing, retailing and wholesaling industries. Some recent lecturers include Dan & Angie Bastian (Angie’s Artisan Treats), Dave Rettig (Rembrandt Foods) and Glenn Stolt (Christensen Farms).

This lecture provides an opportunity for Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business to engage the growing sector of Agri-business with our students, alumni, and friends in a format that educates the community about growing needs in the agriculture world.

 

CONTACT

Jen Cucurullo
cobevents@mnsu.edu

Igniting Our Regional Entrepreneurs

Date: February 20, 2020

Time: 5-8:30 PM

Location: Red Wing Ignite, 419 Bush St, Red Wing, Minnesota 55066

Don’t miss out on what’s going on in the entrepreneurial ecosystem
in our region.

At this event, we will discuss the entrepreneurial resources through education, collaboration, market research, business competitions, coaching and mentoring. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to learn about the exciting things happening in the next few years to jump-start businesses.

You’ll learn more about how we are igniting the regional entrepreneurial resources through education, collaboration, market research, business competitions, coaching, mentoring, and co-working spaces. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to help your community because we are stronger together in our regional efforts.

You will leave this event with new contacts, collaboration tools, knowledge about resources and a greater understanding about investors and funding.

Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/644658826307986/

Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. Annual Meeting

Date: March 10, 2020

Time: 4:30-8 pm

Location: Minnesota State University, Mankato - Centennial Student Union Ballroom (220 Centennial Student Union, Mankato, MN 56001)

This event brings together the business community along with Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam to share the accomplishments of the current year and celebrate the vision for the future. This is also a time where we raise a glass to the companies, organizations and volunteers who partner with us to help our community thrive. 

We recognize individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions, demonstrated leadership through service and volunteerism and made a contribution to the betterment of quality of life, business environment and economic vitality.

Feast! Local Foods Marketplace

Date: December 7, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Minnesota

Sip, sample and stock up on locally-made foods, from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Discover new flavors made with local ingredients to stock your pantry or gift your favorite foodie.
Spring for a VIP wristband to sample locally-crafted beer, wine and hard cider.

Besides the market, you'll also enjoy...
Cooking demos
FEAST! People's Choice voting
Children’s activities
Rochester Downtown Farmers Market vendors within the festival
Wine and hard cider sales allowed for wristband ticket holders (6 bottle limit) 

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Ag Symposium – South Central College

Date: February 19, 2020

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Kato Ballroom

South Central College, the most respected name in Agricultural education in southern Minnesota, is embarking on a program to address the needs of the modern ag producer. Taking their cues from other top-flight national conferences, SCC will be hosting its eleventh annual Agricultural Symposium on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Kato Ballroom.

Titled “New Tools for New Rules”, the conference will address highly relevant topics facing the modern producer.

China Town Hall (GreenSeam Co-Hosting)

Date: November 18, 2019

Time: 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at 424 N. Riverfront Dr. Mankato, MN 56001

Minnesota State University, Mankato's College of Business and GreenSeam is partnering with the National Committee on U.S. China Relations to host the event at the MSU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The event includes two components: 
 
The first hour will involve a live-streamed video of George Stephanopoulos moderating a discussion with foreign policy experts on U.S./China relations.
 
For the second hour, we will have a panel of three local leaders discussing the impact of U.S./China relations and global trends on our local businesses and community. We have invited three local/state leaders in the agriculture, food production and manufacturing sectors discuss the local angle.  
 
The China Town Hall event is aimed at the MSU student body and our local community. GreenSeam feels it is vitally important for the students to understand and recognize how globally-connected agriculture and food is. Last year, David Fredrickson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner spoke about the impact of the trade war on Minnesota’s farmers and food producers, efforts to identify new markets, and the relationship between our local agriculture and the global community. It is vital for our students to hear stories from local leaders to talk about our local position in the global market. 
 
Link to the National Committee on U.S. China Relations page - https://www.ncuscr.org/program/china-town-hall
 

Film Night & Panel: “The Biggest Little Farm”

Date: November 20, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Hubbard Building/Strategic Partnerships Center, 424 North Riverfront Drive Mankato, MN 56001

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is having a film night, showing "The Biggest Little Farm" followed by a panel on agricultural innovation. Popcorn included!
Panelists:
Dan Zimmerli - Cedar Crate Farm
Josh Reinitz - East Henderson Farms

Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame

Date: November 12, 2019

Time: 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Location: Mankato Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Mankato, MN 56001

The Greater Mankato Business Awards & Hall of Fame is Greater Mankato's premier business awards event. This event is a time where Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato, City Center Partnership and GreenSeam honor the outstanding businesses, professionals and organizations within the Greater Mankato community.

2019 GreenSeam Award Winners

Grown in the GreenSeam:

Seamed in Success:

2018 GreenSeam Award Winners

Grown in the GreenSeam:

B.E.S.T. OF WASECA COUNTY-WASECA VISION 2030

Seamed in Success:

AKER – ORLANDO SAEZ AND TODD GOLLY