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Minnesota Newsletter

Nov 9
NAWBO MN Newsletter
When you're in the growth and expansion phase of your business, the increased operational complexity requires an equivalent increase of your time and energy. Developing an advisory board can be a fantastic way to navigate the challenges of growth and provide you with increased credibility, network, and opportunity to focus on the future.
Our panel of experts will provide insight into the who, what, when, where, how and why of building an effective board that propels your business forward. Join us for education, community and lunch.
Colette Belisle
Founder of Colette Belisle International, LLC. and strategic partner and business advisor at Resultants For Business, Inc.
Vicki Turnquist
Former co-founder and CEO of Private Bank Minnesota. She is now an affiliate of The Bailey Group as a CEO Advisor. 
Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Laurie, LLP, 2501 S Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55405 
Investment: NAWBO member $15/ Non-Member $40
Thank you to our Host Sponsor!
Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30pm - 9:00pm
International Market Square, 275 Market Street, Minneapolis 55405
 Celebrate with us, be inspired, and connect with
NAWBO sisters, movers, and shakers!
When we lift up the success of others we see the possible in ourselves.
The nominations are in. We will be announcing winners shortly.
This Panel is a unique opportunity for women-owned businesses and WBENC-certified Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) to learn firsthand about securing business with such corporations as Cargill, Ecolab, Knutson Construction, and Target Corporation. Learn about their supplier diversity programs and how they do business with women-owned firms and diverse businesses. 
Leading local resource organizations for women in business, such as WomenVentureNational Association of Women Business Owners -Minnesota Chapter (NAWBO-MN), and Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) will have representatives present, as well as exhibits. The program will conclude with an hour-long reception, compliments of WBDC corporate partner and host, Cargill. During the reception, you will have an opportunity to network with the panelists, check out resource organizations, and meet fellow women business owners. Meet and mingle, learn and do business, and enjoy!
  • Natalie McGrady, North America COE (Center of Excellence) & Supplier Diversity, Cargill
  • Mary VandeVoort, Procurement Manager - Compliance, Global Supply Chain, Ecolab
  • Ramona Wilson,Diversity Director, Knutson Construction
  • Erin Timmerman, Supplier Diversity Lead, Target Corporation
  • Caren Schweitzer, President, Creative Resources Agency (WBE) - Panel Moderator
Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Please arrive 15-20 minutes earlier for check-in at 2:10)
Location: Cargill Excelsior Crossings Campus (in Hopkins), EC-9320 - MacMillan Auditorium, 9320 Excelsior Blvd, Hopkins, MN 55343
Investment: $45 (this event will sell out so get your tickets now!)
Registration deadline: 11/09/17
For technical questions regarding online registration or status of your registration on WBDC Web site, please contact Ari Smith asmith@wbdc.org or 312-853-3477, ext. 100, prior to 11/09/17.
  SBANominationsNews Release
SBA Now Accepting 2018 Small Business Week Award Nominations throughout Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS - The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is now accepting nominations for its 2018 National Small Business Week Awards, including the national Small Business Person of the Year.
Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America's small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation's economy. Each year SBA's Minnesota District Office participates in National Small Business Week by recognizing outstanding local small business owners and those who help them start and grow their businesses.
The SBA Minnesota District Office will recognize individuals and businesses in the following categories:
  • Encore Entrepreneur for business owners who started their business after age 50
  • Family-Owned Business for businesses that have been passed from one generation to another with at least a 15 year track record
  • Minority Champion for individuals who work to advance minority business ownership
  • Minority-Owned Small Business for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by at least one minority owner
  • Veteran-Owned Small Business for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by at least one veteran owner or spouse of a veteran
  • Veteran Champion for individuals who work to advance veteran business ownership
  • Women-Owned Small Business for businesses 51% or more owned and controlled by at least one woman owner
  • Women in Business Champion for individuals who work to advance women business ownership
  • Young Entrepreneur for business owners who will not have reached the age of 30 by June 1, 2018
Details on who qualifies for each award and how to apply can be found at https://go.usa.gov/xn23t.
These award categories will be recognized by the Minnesota District Office and go on for regional and national consideration:
  • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Exporter of the Year
  • SBA Resource Partner Awards
    • Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women's Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year
  • Small Business Person of the Year
Information on these awards and instructions for applying can be found at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/.
Additional SBA Awards given at the national level include the following:
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
Information on all the national awards and instructions for applying can be found at https://www.sba.gov/nsbw/.
For tips on how to submit a winning nomination, visit https://go.usa.gov/xn2cx.
All nominations are due by Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. All awards, both local and national, will be given in celebration of National Small Business Week, April 29 - May 5, 2018.
For more information about the Small Business Administration visit: http://www.sba.gov/mn