Grow North Programming

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Events

Grow North is always looking for unique ways to showcase and promote entrepreneurs in the community. See examples of our past events here.  We love to partner with organizations on event programming because, "we may have a good idea, but together we have a great one."  

Online resource center

Grow North launched a resource navigator and library in January through a generous partnership with Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF). Both the navigator and library put resources in one central location so entrepreneurs can find what they need faster. Resource examples include financing programs, commercial kitchen spaces, and business support. The navigator already has 150 resources and programs (and counting) and has been featured by the MN Department of Economic Development (DEED).

Corporate programming

Grow North wants to bridge the divide between the big companies and small makers. Through its corporate mentor network, Grow North directly matches experts at major companies to entrepreneurs in the community to help answer burning questions on both sides. Our on-site events allow entrepreneurs to go inside companies to showcase their products as well as get feedback and support.

Education series

Grow North leads a series of substantive education events for growth-focused food entrepreneurs as well as the broader community. Our first event in January drew over 100 people and over 85% said that they learned something they would apply to their businesses. Future topics include working with co-packers, building your board, Canadian labeling, brand design, and financing your business

Peer mentoring

We have created an industry-specific peer-mentoring group in partnership with the CEO Roundtable to support growth-focused leaders in the food entrepreneur community.  Our goal is to give the mentors of  our food community an opportunity for mentorship and support as they, in turn, pay it forward.  This is an invitation-only group and the first co-hort kicks off in March and will meet monthly.