Capital Fund Update, Diversity Summit, R.A.V.E and Workforce
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SAVE THE DATE - November 17
4th Annual R.A.V.E. Event
SAVE THE DATE! The 4th Annual RAVE (Recognizing Awarding Valuing Entrepreneurs) event will be on Friday, November 17th at the DoubleTree by Hilton from 4p-6p. The event will close out a week of entrepreneurial activities taking place for Global Entrepreneurship Week. GEW is a yearly worldwide movement. Click HERE for more details and to REGISTER.
Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund
Reaches $1 Million!

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) is the latest group to invest in the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund, raising commitments to the fund to $1 million. 
It is an honor to announce that SMIF has joined the investors in the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund. We are also thrilled that their investment is putting the fund over the $1M mark,” said Xavier Frigola of RAEDI and Secretary/Treasurer of the Fund.

SMIF, through their existing seed and equity funds, has been a partner to numerous southeast Minnesota-based companies. By investing in the SE MN Capital Fund, SMIF will now be able to expand their impact on the region and the fund will have access to SMIF’s expertise and opportunity pipeline.

SMIF has long seen the need for additional equity dollars to help new businesses start and grow here in our region and that is why we created our own equity fund a couple years ago. We are pleased to now contribute to the Southeast Minnesota Capital Fund and look forward to future opportunities to partner on equity investments,” said Tim Penny, President and CEO of SMIF.

The Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Mayo Clinic, the Diversity Council, and the City of Rochester are partnering to host the 2017 Supplier Diversity Summit to highlight the economic power that derives from the diversity within our business community.

This conference brings together area small and diverse businesses. The event will be attended by regional corporations, supply management organizations, support agencies and business associations interested in connecting with these businesses.

The Journey to Growth We Are More Exhibition will also be on display at the Summit.

This year's event will feature Dr. Tony Byers, former Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion for Starbucks, as keynote speaker. Click HERE for the conference agenda and a link to REGISTER

IT INDUSTRY SURVEY - Hurry! Deadline 9/29
Winona State University is requesting your feedback and expertise on the best way to
help build and support the robust growth of the Information Technology profession in our region.
Please take a few moments to complete the  IT Industry Survey  
Deadline is September 29th.
Thank you!  We appreciate your input!

Rochester Area Builders
Job Shadow Opportunities Needed!
Contact John Eischen by Friday, September 29 to host a job shadow. 

John Eischen
, Executive Director
Survey Results
Last month, we asked for your ideas and many took the time to share their feedback.  In one question, 73% of J2G respondents shared they would love to see a reoccurring “Meet a Regional Business” section in the J2G newsletter. That section will be debuted in the October newsletter!

If you didn't have time to share last month, we will leave this survey open for another month.  Give us your feedback on the three quick questions that will help shape our regional branding efforts. Click HERE to share your opinions and ideas!
Regional "Must See" Apple Orchards
This is a great time of year for apple picking and and you can't find better apples than right off the tree in an orchard.  Plus, many of our area orchards have plenty of other activities to keep all in the family happy.  It's a great way to explore our region while making memories with family and friends.  In no particular order, here are five "must see" orchards in the SE MN region. 

5. Apple Ridge Orchard & Vineyard | Mazeppa
4. Sekapp Orchard | Rochester
3. Westcott Orchard | Elgin
2. Hoch Orchard | LeCrescent
1. Northwoods Orchards | Rochester

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