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New Childcare Facility Opens in Rochester

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A new Rochester childcare facility has officially opened its doors. Eureka Kids- located on 9th Street NW- hosted its grand opening on July 24th, officially beginning childcare operations on July 30th.

This 7,600 square foot new build facility is owned by Mayo Clinic husband and wife IT specialists Hema Sai Kishore and Mangesh Mane.

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Eureka Kids provides childcare and educational services to children aged six weeks to five-years-old. The center is heavily focused on early education, utilizing a STEM based approach- called S.M.A.R.T.E.R.- that encourages independent learning and creative thinking skills.

Eureka Kids can facilitate care and education for one hundred children. The center houses classrooms, a commercial kitchen, an outdoor play area, private nursing room for mothers, and much more.

Enrollment is currently open for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children.

Press Release: Local Businesswoman Seeks to Discover the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

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Rochester, Minn. – Did you know Sam Walton opened Wal-Mart when he was 40 years old? Or that the inventor of the new Snow Slugger -due out this fall by Frisbee producer Wham-O- was 50 upon developing his hyped snow-slinging toy? What Rochester resident Renee Berg learned from them was that it’s never to late to start a business, and so at age 44 she started hers: Tomorrow’s Bosses, which connects aspiring, self-starters ages 9-18 with established entrepreneurs for coaching. Think of it as Entrepreneur 101 for youth.

Tomorrow’s Bosses was test run last summer by a handful of Rochester kids. The take-homes?

Henry, age 14: “Thank you for showing me the process of running and maintaining a successful business. I’m sure it will help me out in the future.”

Olivia, age 13, “I learned if you want to start your own company you should find something you love and make a business.”

Or take Derrick Chapman, the local restaurant owner who toured Olivia through his Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza food truck on a blistering summer afternoon, who remarked, “Having an aspiring entrepreneur watch and ask questions gives me hope as a business owner!”

Berg founded Tomorrow’s Bosses after seeing an unfilled need in the market. She wanted to register her son for business classes, but found nothing was available for his age group. And so Tomorrow’s Bosses was born from one mom seeking to help her son with his future.

In Rochester, most kids grow up with doctor dads and engineer moms. But not everyone does. And what about those kids who want something else? What about kids who are natural-born leaders? Those who stand out from the crowd but who aren’t interested in medicine? And what of helping our community grow its economy beyond Mayo and IBM? Aren’t entrepreneurial pursuits one answer to that ongoing growth conundrum which our community faces?

Tomorrow’s Bosses launches this summer and has a one-time offer: all classes are free to those youth who qualify for scholarship. An exclusive few will be selected by Berg and a panel of entrepreneurs. All kids need do is apply, and all they need to do to qualify is exemplify the traits of an entrepreneur. 

#Emerge Episode 14 with May Larios Garcia and Jim Fricker

This week on #Emerge, we sit down with husband and wife team of Jim Fricker and May Larios Garcia to talk about their emerging language education business, Spanish and Go. Spanish and Go consists of a blog and highly successful YouTube channel that serves as “your resource for learning real-world, travel Spanish.” Jim and May travel back and forth between Rochester and Spanish speaking areas, both inside and outside of the US, to experience and share the local culture, customs, and intricacies of the Spanish language in these regions. The pair focuses on getting people actually speaking Spanish as soon as possible to inspire their audience to really connect and feel comfortable to travel and engage with Spanish speaking cultures across the globe.

Five Reasons Why Your Startup should Present at 1 Million Cups Rochester

Derrick Chapman and Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza.

Derrick Chapman and Twisted Barrel Wood Fired Pizza.

1 Million Cups is an educational program for entrepreneurs to share ideas, discover solutions, and engage the community. This national event was brought to Rochester, by the entrepreneurial community, this February. 1 Million Cups Rochester takes place the first Wednesday of every month in the Bleu Duck Kitchen. In addition to Rochester, we have nearby 1 Million Cups communities in Saint Paul, Willmar, Eau Claire, Fargo, Des Moines, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and Madison.

Tori Utley and Tinua.

Tori Utley and Tinua.

At this point, hopefully you have heard of 1 Million Cups Rochester before. Maybe you are on the fence about bringing your business front and center at this program.

Here are the top five reasons why your startup should present at 1 Million Cups Rochester.

 

Spark DJ's James Jones and John Boss.

Spark DJ's James Jones and John Boss.

1.     It focuses your thoughts about your business.

1 Million Cups presentations are six minutes long. That’s not a whole lot of time to tell your story and explain your business. Fine tuning a presentation into this short time frame helps to clarify thinking around your own business and practice delivering that message in a clear, concise manner. Prepping for a 1 Million Cups talk also helps to identify holes in your business plan.

 

2.     1 Million Cups is a friendly, community-oriented event.

Amanda Leightner and Rochester Rising.

Amanda Leightner and Rochester Rising.

1 Million Cups is not a pitch event. Entrepreneurs are not selling their business or promoting their products through a presentation. This is not the cut-throat world of Shark Tank. At its very roots, 1 Million Cups is an educational program. It’s not a networking group. It’s not a mechanism to gain sales. It is an opportunity to present your business concept to a community of people, mostly entrepreneurs themselves, who are just there to help you think about and develop your business. No one is there to cut a new entrepreneur down or criticize their business model. It’s a time to tell your story as an emerging business.

 

Nadia Wood with The Hybrids.

Nadia Wood with The Hybrids.

3.     It’s an opportunity to make connections.

1 Million Cups is all about leveraging the power and expertise of the community. At the end of the presentation each entrepreneur is asked, “What can this community do for you?” This gives entrepreneurs the chance to bring forward a very specific, direct ask for the community to solve.

 

4.     It’s great exposure and experience for your business.

Jocelyn Raymundo and Rochester Home Infusion.

Jocelyn Raymundo and Rochester Home Infusion.

1 Million Cups offers free exposure for your business to the people in that room (and those connected through the 1 Million Cups Rochester Facebook live feed, live tweets, and Instagram account), which immediately extends the reach of your startup. The main stream television and newspaper companies have covered 1 Million Cups Rochester during its early stages. There will always be coverage of 1 Million Cups Rochester, and in-depth stories of presenting Rochester entrepreneurs, on Rochester Rising. But more importantly, 1 Million Cups offers a time to practice talking about your startup and telling your story in a low key, minimum pressure setting. It is a time investment to prepare a six-minute talk, but it’s worth the effort. And if you’re up-to-date on your business plan, the information is already in place.

 

Frank Spaeth at Med City FC.

Frank Spaeth at Med City FC.

5.     You enjoy the benefits of participating in a national program.

1 Million Cups just celebrated its five-year anniversary in April and now takes place in 116 different communities across the United States, always at 9AM local time. Each 1 Million Cups is locally organized by entrepreneurs. 1 Million Cups was developed by the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit that supports and educates entrepreneurs. The 1 Million Cups program aims to “educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs in their own community, gathering over cups of coffee.” 1 Million Cups offers connections to not only the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, but to the 116 different 1 Million Cups communities as well.

 

Our startup and entrepreneurial community here in Rochester may be young, but it is strong and continues to grow every day. 1 Million Cups is an opportunity for emerging entrepreneurs- people taking risks and starting something in the community- to come forward and share their story to help us learn and grow together.

The 1 Million Cups Rochester organizing team is always willing to speak with entrepreneurs who want to hear more about the program and see if it is a good fit for their startup.

To learn more about 1 Million Cups Rochester, follow the community on the 1 Million Cups Rochester page or through their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts. Startups can apply to present directly through the 1 Million Cups Rochester page.

The Hybrids and MyBarJar to Present at Next 1 Million Cups Rochester

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Join the entrepreneurial and small business community at the next 1 Million Cups Rochester on Wednesday June 7th from 9-10AM. This month we’ll hear from two emerging startups, the Rochester-based The Hybrids and Twin Cities-based software company MyBarJar.

 

About The Hybrids

The Hybrids provides “digital solutions that empower the community” through their Community Care Connections (C3) platform. C3 provides services like program management, participant tracking, and reporting for healthcare and non-healthcare providers. C3 enables the creation of regional hubs for well-care and supports implementation of evidence-based health programs within the community.

Launched in: 2015

Founder: Nadia Wood

Industry: Information/Communication Tech

 

About MyBarJar

MyBarJar is an app that allows for easy gifting and receiving of drinks through BarJar credits to make any celebration better.

Launched: 2016

Founder: Mondo Davison

Industry: Other

 

About 1 Million Cups

1 Million Cups is a free, national education program developed by the Kauffman Foundation. 1 Million Cups takes place every Wednesday at 9AM across 114 US communities to support and encourage entrepreneurs. The program is based on the idea that entrepreneurs connect and discover solutions over one million cups of coffee.

Minnesota High Tech Association Holding Lunch Event Next Week to Showcase Free Resources for Small STEM Business

Are you looking for ways to engage in the broader science and technology community in Minnesota? Does your small business need help finding – and paying for – STEM interns? Do you have an idea for cutting edge science and technology that has the potential for commercialization? Join us for a complimentary lunch to hear how the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) supports innovation, technology and the growth of small business.

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017.

11:30 AM – Complimentary Lunch & Networking. Noon-1:00 PM – Program

Where: Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator: 221 1st Avenue SW, Suite 202, Rochester, MN 55902

This event is sponsored by Dunlap & Seeger and hosted by Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator and Collider Coworking.

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 MHTA is a non-profit association of more than 300 technology companies and organizations. Together, we fuel Minnesota’s prosperity through innovation and technology. Our members include some of the world’s leading corporations, mid-sized companies and startups. Learn more about MHTA and the free resources available to Minnesota small businesses in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing, including:

The SciTechsperience Internship Program connects small to mid-sized Minnesota businesses to college STEM majors and provides a wage match to cover 50% of the intern’s wages (worth up to $2,500!)

MN-SBIR/STTR is the State’s resource that assists seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms (1-500 employees) to successfully access non-dilutive federal research funding

Women Leading in Technology (WLiT) works to promote, educate and empower women in technology across Minnesota

 

The event is free, but registration is required; space is limited to the first 30 registrants.