Free Tickets Available for the Small Business Resource Expo

We wanted to share this opportunity from the SBA Minnesota District Office…

Free Tickets Available for the Small Business Resource Expo

Nov. 15, 2017 – 1:30 to 5 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Bloomington

Come early for the Profit Strategy All Stars Workshop from 11:30 to 1:30. Then walk right into the expo to find more profitable ideas waiting for you. More information at

The Small Business Resource Expo brings the most sought after expertise for small business owners and managers. Seek out exhibitors who might solve your particular problem, or gather sharp ideas from among 49 exhibitors ready to help in several ways. Every exhibitor is committed to working with companies of all sizes, whether just getting started or facing the growing pains of an established business.

Get up close and have a meaningful conversation about your business with some of the area’s top business professionals, including the SBA and our great resource partners

Register Here for the Expo
Act now and reserve your FREE ticket today.  Tickets are $15 at the door.

Those benefiting most from attending the Small Business Resource Expo are those who are:

  • Planning to hire.
  • Seeking a business loan.
  • Revamping your web site.
  • Reviewing your vendors and suppliers or seeking competitive bids.
  • Pursuing increased sales.
  • Developing a marketing plan.
  • Developing a prototype.
  • Working on a business plan.
  • Looking for ideas to jump start your business.
  • Expanding your network of professional business advisors.
  • Growing your business through social media, direct mail or other strategies.
  • Considering office space, executive-style or virtual office space.
  • Looking to regain control of your financials.
  • Searching for the best telecommunication and internet solutions to support them.

All in one place!

Stop by and meet 49 B2B exhibitors, network with other small business owners, and introduce yourself to new leads, contacts and future customers.

See you on Nov.15!

We’re Invited: Town Hall Meeting in St. Cloud on MinnesotaCare Buy-In

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Town hall meeting will be free and open to the public; all St. Cloud area residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the conversation

Plan would give an estimated 100,000 more Minnesotans the choice to purchase more affordable, high-quality health insurance for themselves and their families

ST. PAUL, MN – At 9:00am on Monday, November 6, 2017, at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Lt. Governor Tina Smith and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper will hold a town hall meeting on the “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” proposal. The plan would allow Minnesotans who purchase their health coverage on the individual market to buy-into MinnesotaCare – a program that offers high-quality insurance at more affordable prices. Lt. Governor Smith and Commissioner Piper will review the proposal with St. Cloud area residents, hear their health care stories, and discuss what we can do together to improve access to affordable health insurance.

“Minnesotans are concerned about the rising cost of health insurance for ourselves and our families. This proposal can help,” said Lt. Governor Smith. “For 25 years, MinnesotaCare has offered a more affordable choice for 100,000 Minnesotans. Governor Dayton and I strongly believe that all Minnesotans should be able to purchase this high-quality health insurance. I look forward to hearing from St. Cloud area residents about this proposal, and bringing their stories and input back to the Capitol ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session.”

Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith proposed the MinnesotaCare Buy-In last year. To lower prices and improve access for an estimated 100,000 more Minnesotans, the Governor and Lt. Governor want to give all Minnesotans who purchase their health insurance on the individual market the choice to buy into MinnesotaCare. Those who choose “MinnesotaCare Buy-In” would pay their own way – meaning the cost of their premiums would pay for their coverage.

While the Legislature did not approve MinnesotaCare Buy-In during the 2017 Legislative Session, they will have the opportunity to consider the proposal in 2018. If the plan is approved, MinnesotaCare Buy-In coverage would cost less than commercial health insurance plans. On top of those savings, Minnesotans who purchase MinnesotaCare Buy-In would still be eligible for federal tax credits through MNsure. This year, more than 70 percent of MNsure enrollees are receiving tax credits, averaging about $638 per month, or $7,656 per year.

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Lt. Governor Tina Smith
Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper
House Chief Author, State Representative Clark Johnson
St. Cloud residents
Area legislators

Town hall meeting to discuss MinnesotaCare Buy-In

Monday, November 6, 2017

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
Health Sciences Building, Room 140
1245 Fifteenth Street North
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56303

To view the event page for the St. Cloud Town Hall on Facebook, click here.

SCORE LIVE Webinar: The Changing Roles of Virtual Assistants October 24 | 1:00pm ET/10:00am PT

Are you overwhelmed by trying to do everything yourself in business?  Have you ever considered a virtual assistant? Today, virtual professionals do much more than simple administrative tasks—from online business management, graphic design and more.

Join this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, to learn the many ways virtual experts can free up your time, so that you can focus on what you do best—build your business!

You’ll learn:

  • What is a virtual assistant
  • What a virtual professional can do for your business
  • What you can expect to pay
  • Where to find experienced virtual assistants

>Register Here

Can art bring rural and urban together? This woman is going to make it work.

Here’s a great story of making a difference in your own way. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports…

Ashley Hanson responded to last year’s election by buying a little yellow school bus.

In January, she drove it across the country, visiting artists in cities with fewer than 10,000 people. She stopped in 24 towns in 20 states. Talked with 127 people. Trekked more than 6,200 miles. Her goal: to better understand the disconnect, made clear by polls and voting maps, between folks in urban and rural areas.

“As someone who straddles the line between urban and rural very often, I felt that my role had shifted to cultural translator,” said Hanson, 34, a St. Paul-based theater artist and musician.

If you’re near Winona, you can see the work…

This month at the Outpost Winona, Hanson will share the stories people in those small towns told, trinkets they offered and letters they wrote. The exhibition, which also features videos and works by several “resident” artists who traveled with her, opens Oct. 20, with events all weekend. The bus, which Hanson named Gus, will be there, too — despite proving unreliable.

Minnesota Venture Conference – Oct 25

The Minnesota Venture Conference attracts hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and executives to the Minneapolis Convention Center with the goal of connecting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs with capital.

Each year, participants gather for a day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and pitches from some of Minnesota’s most promising privately-held companies.

Registration fee includes admission for one individual to all sessions, lunch and reception.

Member Rate
Early-bird (register by October 11): $295

Regular: $395

On-site: $445

Non Member Rate

Early-bird (register by October 11): $495

Regular: $595

On-site: $645

Learn more!

2017 Arts Meander September 29, 30, and October 1

Happy to share this invitation from the UMVRDC…

The 14th annual Upper Minnesota River Meander Arts Crawl will be held on September 29th, 30th, and October 1st, 2017. The Meander Art Crawl is a free, self-guided tour of 30 artist studios and just under 40 artists across the five counties. The weekend showcases local artists, small towns and their businesses, and even family farms throughout the region.

The 2017 cover artist is John George Larson who has a studio in Milan. His piece is called “Meander on the Prairie” and incorporates elements from the past meander covers – a great testament to the splendor and longevity of this event. One can see more of his work by visiting the Milan Village Art School during the Meander.

Studios will open Friday September 29th at noon and close at 6pm. That night, there will be a great Meander celebration throughout downtown Granite Falls in the Musical Chairs event. It will begin at 5:30 and go until 10pm. Tickets are available online. For more information contact the Granite Falls Chamber at 320-564-4039 or visit

Saturday, the studios will be open again from 9am until 6pm, giving one plenty of time to explore lots of studios! There will be two events Saturday evening too. The Wild Goose Cloggers will perform with the band, Chicken Sedan, at the Dawson Memorial Auditorium at 7:30. These wonderful dancers are fun for the whole family and tickets are only $15 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets and more information visit or call the box office at 320-312-2311.

Also on Saturday, Midwest Music Hall-of-Famers Don and Lee Kanten will play at the Historic Watson Town Hall. It is sure to be a night of dancing and rock and roll. Admission is free will donation at the door, which will help support Watson Town Hall restorations and future arts events. Visit or call 320-269-8543 for more information.

On Sunday, the final day, studios will open at 9am and close at 4pm.

The Meander has become not only an event for artists to sell the work, but a significant economic development event for the entire region. The surveys show that people travel from at least eight different states and not only purchase art, but spend money in the region on food, lodging, gas, and additional shopping. In 2016, attendees spent around $98,000 in area businesses on top of the $114,000 they spent on art.

Last Chance to Register for AURI’s for a One Day MBA Workshop

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There’s only a few days left before the One Day MBA workshop! This is an educational opportunity we feel could make a significant difference in the success of your organization, so we are offering a 66% discount on all registrations between now and Thursday!

This is a special opportunity to receive a hands-on training opportunity covering important topics that can take your business to the next level of success. Also, one attendee will receive a service package from Strategic Marketing Consultants to develop their logo, website, sales support materials and final business plan, valued at nearly $10,000.

Topics will include the importance of mission/vision statements, brand strategy, situational analysis, use of social media, marketing tactics, legal issues, financial analysis, and unique value propositions.

AURI understands the importance of your time, which is why we have made this event as succinct and value-packed as possible, with tangible takeaways and useful resources and tools for your business.

Space is limited, so please register today to reserve your spot!

To register, click on the link below.

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