Expo will highlight start-up businessesPublished 11:12am Monday, March 4, 2013
Thinking of starting a business? An upcoming seminar provides an opportunity to hear from start-up and early-stage companies based in Fergus Falls.
“There are a lot of people these days that are looking to start their own business,” said Harold Stanislawski, Executive Director, Fergus Falls Economic Improvement Commission. “The best way to learn about it is to hear from someone that’s already done it, and the ones we have chosen for the seminar are really good examples.”
The Start-up and Early Stage Company Showcase is the morning session of the Business Expo coming up March 6 at the Bigwood Event Center, organized by the EIC.
The seminar will feature the following businesses: Matti’s Millinery & Costumes, a growing company that designs, constructs and sells exquisite costumes; Keep Me Safe, a technology company that markets an ID device; and Burk’s Happy Mouth, a locally produced meat seasoning company.
Beyond success stories, the seminars provide information on project support for Minnesota businesses looking to create more value for the state’s agricultural products through AURI — the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute.
New ventures can also learn how to tap into more than $200,000 in cash prizes through the Minnesota Cup, the largest state-wide new venture competition.
Gopher Angels can show promising entrepreneurs the money — investor money, that is. Gopher Angels brings together a network of investors to fund seed-stage and early-stage start-ups that are Minnesota based. David Russick, managing director of the organization, will talk about what investors are looking for in new projects.
“We’re looking a good management team and a good concept,” Russick said, adding that they are focused on businesses that are scalable. “We’re not looking for storefront or lifestyle businesses, but rather businesses that can scale up and grow.”
Russick is looking to spread the word about Gopher Angels to more potentials investors and potential start-ups.
“We’ve been a little Twin Cities-centric,” Russick said. “We know there are tremendous opportunities outside the cities that need funding, so we’re hoping to get the word out that we’re around.”
Check-in for registration for the Start-up and Early Stage Company Showcase begins at 9:30, with the seminar running from 10 to 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon. The Expo, which is filled with business vendors, is free and will run from 1 to 5 p.m.
Space for the the Showcase and luncheon is limited. To register for the Showcase and luncheon go to: ffeic.org and follow the link on the page, or call 218-332-5458 for more information.