Fresh News Friday

Short on time this week? Here’s the news that you need to know this week from Rochester’s startup, entrepreneurial, and small business scene.


From Rochester Rising:

  1. Attention Rochester: Contest Launched to Rename Conley-Maass Building. The Conley-Mass Building has stood in the Rochester community for close to 116 years. The building owners are asking for the community’s help to rename this piece of history. The naming contest ends Monday August 22nd.
  2. Introducing the New Rochester Rising Logo. Thanks to the amazing design by BrandHoot, we have completely redesigned and rebranded Rochester Rising to better amplify the stories of Rochester’s entrepreneurs and innovation community.
  3. Rochester Rising Podcast Episode 5: Nate Nordstrom and BrandHoot. Local entrepreneur Nate Nordstrom grew BrandHoot from an office in his attic to a full operation in the Conley-Maass building. BrandHoot moved forward by doing things well and leaving people with a little bit more knowledge than they had previously.
  4. Look Toward Stewartville to Grow Your Business. Stewartville, Rochester’s close neighbor, has many financial incentives and economic development initiatives to grow local businesses. Stewartville has a high quality of living, three business and industrial parks, and vacant medical device manufacturing facilities for purchase.


From the web:

  1. New restaurant in Conley Maass Building closer to opening after liquor license approved. Bleu Duck Kitchens, a new restaurant concept from former Four Daughter’s chefs Erik Kleven and Erik Paulsen, had its liquor license approved by the Rochester City Council and is gearing up for their grand opening August 26th. Bleu Duck is hosting an open house today for their Facebook fans.
  2. New Business Incubator Opens in Rochester. Collider Core, a new hub for Rochester’s entrepreneurs, opened its doors this Monday. Collider Core is housed in the Conley-Maass building, the first project in the Discovery Square District.
  3. St. Paul’s Recombinetics Gears up for Commercialization of Gene-Editing Technology. Recombinetics, a St. Paul based company, plans on leveraging the genome editing expertise at both the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic to make Minnesota the expert in this technology. Recombinetics uses gene edited animal models to improve human disease. The company is in massive expansion mode and is ramping up for commercialization.
  4. Eye Cell Regeneration in Focus with New Mayo Research Spinoff. Dr. Alan Marmorstein, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmology professor, is taking his startup, LAgen Laboratories, to the next level. LAGen Laboratories utilizes stem cells and regenerative medicine to combat eye disease. The startup is in the process of raising $275K and retrofitted commercial space in northwest Rochester for use as a manufacturing facility.
  5. Nice Ride Launches Bike Rental Program in Rochester. Nice Ride, a nonprofit bike share, is bringing their orange bikes to Rochester. Bikes will be available for rent at the People’s Food Co-op and Peace Plaza Visitor Kiosk. The official Nice Ride launch event is at 12:15 today at the Peace Plaza.

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