This will be my fourth year organizing Global Entrepreneurship Week events in the Mankato, MN area.
My first experiences as an entrepreneur were working for my parents companies - restaurants, canoe rental, mini-golf, motel, antiques were all part of my childhood and teenage years. I saw first hand how much work is involved and how great it is to create a company, give people jobs and do something the community needs.
I started a company in 1993 that brought Internet access to south central Minnesota. We grew to 25 employees and served seven counties before selling in 2001. We started a web site development business that we sold in 2017.
I currently am the Director for the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Minnesota State University, Mankato's College of Business and an Assistant Professor in the Management Dept. I mentor student entrepreneurs from across the university to help them research and launch businesses. We also run entrepreneurship education events and assist students with venture competitions.
1 Million Cups Mankato was founded in Nov, 2017 by myself and a group of organizers in our community. We have had terrific success using that as a regular point of connection for entrepreneurs and those that serve and support them.