Start Up Minot holds first showcase event

Event provides networking for businesses

Submitted Photo Jazmine Schultz with Prairie Sky Breads speaks at the first Start Up Minot business showcase and networking event Thursday.

Dozens of business and community leaders gained new connections and additional entrepreneurial insights at the first Start Up Minot business showcase and networking event held on Thursday in downtown Minot.

Mark Lyman, economic development specialist for the Minot Area Chamber EDC, kicked off the event in highlighting the mission and vision of the coalition supporting this new effort.

The Start Up Minot business showcase/networking event featured two local speakers who shared their unique entrepreneur experiences. Attendees heard from Kevin Black, founder and CEO of Creedence Energy Services and MACEDC board member, and Jazmine Schultz, co-owner of Prairie Sky Breads in Minot. Future monthly gatherings will feature speakers from the community as well as provide an opportunity for attendees to network and learn from each other.

“A large part of what makes us a great community and state comes from the success of new and existing businesses in our region. We are pleased that the first of many Start Up Minot business showcase and networking events was well attended, and we hope that anyone who is interested will attend future monthly events,” said L. John MacMartin, president of MACEDC.

Start Up Minot is designed to invigorate, encourage and entice entrepreneurs in the Minot region to execute their business ideas. A regional coalition of support is in place for start-up companies, anyone with an idea for growing or starting a business, or if an existing business is stuck and needs some help. Start Up Minot is two-pronged, with a cohort-based 10-week class called Start Up Minot Academy powered by CO.STARTERS, and a monthly business showcase/networking event under the name Start Up Minot that will focus on sharing the story of new and growing companies while connecting likeminded business leaders.

Submitted Photo Kevin Black with Creedence Energy Services addresses entrepreneurs and new business owners at the Start Up Minot business showcase and networking event Thursday.

The coalition of support includes ND Small Business Development Centers, MACEDC, Minot State University Severson Entrepreneurship Academy, Strengthen ND, Creedence Energy, Souris Basin Planning Council, Dakota Business Lending and others.

A Facebook page is set up to communicate information about both the business showcase/networking event and the academy class at www.facebook.com/startupminot.

The next Start Up Minot business showcase and networking event will be held Feb. 10 at 7:30 a.m. at the Carnegie Center. The event is free and open to the public.


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