May 2, 2024 | 8:00am – Noon

St. James Golf Course

Rivers Edge Grill

77818 MN-60

St James, MN 56081

Launch or Enhance Your Business

No business succeeds alone. Connect with businesses, community leaders, and experts in community-based entrepreneurship from the University of MN and Extension for a workshop centered around food & ag business growth and creation inWatonwan County.

Should I attend?

This event isn’t for just entrepreneurs or farmers! It’s for the leaders and owners of new and established businesses connected to agribusiness to better understand the variables that contribute to the success of your business in Watonwan. You will leave with stronger connections to your local leaders and fellow businesses and an understanding of how to grow your business here.

Register today!

Space is limited.

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7:30 – Check In

8:00 – Breakfast and Welcome

Holly Callaghan, GreenSeam

8:30 – The Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Framework

Neil Linscheid, University of Minnesota Extension

9:00 – Planning Your Business: The 6 Problems All Businesses Must Solve

Dr. Jeff Stamp, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences

Entrepreneurs create value by solving problems for customers. Before they can serve customers in a market, all entrepreneurs must first solve 6 classic business problems to build a company that can compete in a marketplace.

10:00 – Networking Break

10:15 – The Entrepreneur Experience: The Start, Gaining Traction, The Scale

Panel of Local Businesses Moderated by Dr. Jeff Stamp

  • Brandon Romsdahl, Romsdahl Companies
  • Krystal Hernandez, La Plaza Fiesta
  • Scott Runge, G & M Runge, Inc.

11:15 – Q&A/Working Session

Meet Your Experts

Neil Linscheid

Neil Linscheid

U of M Extension, Community Development Educator

Neil Linscheid is an Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. His work is focused on supporting local leaders as they navigate economic changes taking place in their community. His mission is to teach, coach, and connect local leaders as they try to make informed decisions about their community‘s economic future. He received his master’s of public policy with a concentration in rural economic development and bachelor’s of political science degrees from the University of Minnesota. In addition to his professional work, Neil is active in economic development in his community where he has served as a member of his local city council, Economic Development Authority and community foundation.

Dr. Jeff Stamp "Stamp"

Dr. Jeff Stamp "Stamp"

U of M CFANS, Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Stamp has over 25 years of world-wide experience in bringing out the creative best in business professionals and university students. He was the inventor, creator, and section manager of “Baked Lays”, for PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay, which achieved $230 million in first year sales. Dr. Stamp also resided as the endowed chair of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of North Dakota, which was ranked thirteenth in the 2008 review of the top twenty-five undergraduate programs in entrepreneurship by Entrepreneur magazine and the Princeton Review of the 900 universities and college programs in the U.S. His research is focused on the creative and cognitive processes that entrepreneurs use in idea creation, technology innovation, and opportunity recognition.