2023 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

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2023 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

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We are excited that you decided to join us. The conference is designed to help communities create environments and pathways that support entrepreneurs across Minnesota. We hope that your participation will: ● Increase your understanding of entrepreneurial resources that are available across the state; ● Provide you the opportunity to connect with service providers and other communities who are part of the Minnesota ecosystem; ● Inspire you to bring back new ideas and resources to support entrepreneurs in your towns.


We have sixteen breakout sessions diving deep into a variety of topics related to supporting entrepreneurs along with a keynote and cap note speaker presentations and a networking event. The conference planning team would also like to thank the following organizations for sharing their time and expertise in helping us craft and promote the gathering: the City of New London EDA, New London Chamber of Commerce, Kandyohi County & City of Willmar EDC, the Southwest Initiative Foundation, Lake Region Bank, New London Real Estate, Goat Ridge Brewing Co., United Minnesota Bank, the Grand Stay Hotel & Suites at Little Crow, the Minnesota Small Business Development Centers, Rethos, Launch Minnesota, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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We are also grateful for the generous support of our sponsors: Great River Energy, Midwest Minnesota CDC, and the MN Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation, City of New London EDA, Kandyohi County & City of Willmar EDC, Mid-Minnesota Development Commission, Lake Region Bank, Kandiyohi Power Cooperative, Ag Country Financial Services and Compeer Financial Services.

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Bhattacharyya, Rani; Linscheid, Neil; Leys, Kathryn. (2023). 2023 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/257887.

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