Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
May
2
7:00 am07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

  • Cafe Steam

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

Red Wing Maker Space
May
2
7:00 pm19:00

Red Wing Maker Space

  • Ignite building

A makerspace is a co-op for builders. It’s a shared space that offers access to tools, workspaces, machines, 3D printers, computers, and a community of collaborators that you can’t find anywhere else. Crafters, hobbyists, developers, artists, woodworkers, etc. are invited to attend to help launch a maker space in our community!  

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours
May
4
9:00 am09:00

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours

  • Collider Coworking

From innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, MN-SBIR provides free, confidential assistance to seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA. 

Pat Dillon will be in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Collider Coworking from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Rochester Real Estate Development and Investment Summit
May
4
12:00 pm12:00

Rochester Real Estate Development and Investment Summit

  • Mayo Civic Center

For the past 19 years Real Estate Summits has hosted over 1,000 commercial real estate and investment programs for commercial real estate professionals and investors all over the United States.  These summits bring together industry leaders for discussion and trends that impact the commercial real estate and investment community.   Each event attracts anywhere from 100 to 1,500  real estate professionals in addition to the various professional service providers that benefit from the networking associated with attending these events.  
This May 4th, Rochester will be the focus of attention at the Minnesota Real Estate Journal’s Real Estate Development and Investment Summit.

MHTA 2017 Spring Conference
May
9
8:00 am08:00

MHTA 2017 Spring Conference

  • Minneapolis Depot Renaissance Hotel

Each year MHTA hosts a gathering of 700 science and technology leaders and professionals that highlights local companies, their breakthroughs and the people behind them. This year’s conference will be held at the Minneapolis Depot Renaissance and feature more than 15 breakout sessions and 40 exhibitors in addition to our keynote speakers. Conference tracks will focus on digital transformation, cybersecurity and Minnesota’s leadership in the next wave of innovation.

Equity Logic for Small Business: Mod 3
May
11
1:00 pm13:00

Equity Logic for Small Business: Mod 3

  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Module 3 - Common Language: Modulating for Impact - May 11, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Module 3 focuses on communication and strategies for effective and inclusive workplace communication. Topics explored in this module include: intent v. impact, intentional language use, ladder of inference, and microaggressions. Participants will practice and develop tools to promote and use inclusive language and communication skills. Module 3 includes communication tips and tools for creating a more inclusive job interview process.

BioPharma Alley Chats at Bio-Techne
May
15
4:00 pm16:00

BioPharma Alley Chats at Bio-Techne

  • Bio-Techne

Connect with your peers from Minnesota’s Medical Alley on June 15th hosted by Bio-Techne.

Alley Chats are one of our most popular, Members Only, resource sharing, development and networking events. This event will focus on the Biotech, Pharmaceutical, and Diagnostics community.

Why should you attend? Alley Chats expands your network so you can find partners, new hires, suppliers and camaraderie in your community.

The event is members only. If you are not a member and interested in attending, please contact Frank Jaskulke at fjaskulke@medicalalley.org to discuss membership.

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
May
16
7:00 am07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

  • Cafe Steam

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

May
17
11:00 am11:00

Google I/O Extended RochMN

  • Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator - Suite 202

I/O Extended events include a variety of options for developers—from live streaming sessions to local demos, hackathons, codelabs, and more. This event will be hosted in Rochester, MN by CoreLogic Inc and RAEDI for the local developer community. 

In 2016, 600+ I/O Extended events were held around the world!

Communicating “Value”: Marketing Success In A Value-Driven Environment
May
18
8:00 am08:00

Communicating “Value”: Marketing Success In A Value-Driven Environment

  • Guthrie Theater

Please join DevicePharm and The Medical Alley Association for an interactive discussion with a panel of surgeons, hospital executives, value committee members, and other experts as we address this hot topic in medical technology marketing.  Hear different perspectives on how “value” is defined and evaluated, how value needs to be communicated throughout the sales cycle, and what marketing teams can do to communicate value directly and through customer champions.

Art on the Ave - Street Festival
May
20
9:30 am09:30

Art on the Ave - Street Festival

  • 1100 Block

Annual spring art fair showcasing local artisans and musicians in the Slatterly Park Neighborhood. This event features 40+ vendors including: painters, metal workers, jewelers, and more! Installation of a permanent boulevard sculpture created by artist Karl Friedrich. This initiative is to help promote the arts, encourage walkability and revitalize the Slatterly Park Neighborhood in downtown Rochester MN.

Band Schedule
The Nodding Wild Onions 9:15 - 10:15

The D'Sievers 10:30 - 11:30

The Lonely Knees 11:45 - 1:15

Fernando Ufret 1:30 - 2:30

Jeremy Jewell 2:45 - 3:45

Antares Tribal Performing throughout the day!

Innovationology
May
20
5:30 pm17:30

Innovationology

  • Bleu Duck Kitchen & Collider

This event will celebrate notions of innovation, the importance of creativity, and the Power of Play and allow you to use all your senses!  We promise that you have not experienced an event like this.  You are not going to want to miss it!
Highlighting the incredible innovation that happens in our community every day by bringing together local innovators from all industries and levels of development, innovators will be matched up with Culinary Artists, Mixologists & Beverage Professionals in our community to provide a multi-sensory experience.
We know that there is power in bringing creative and innovative minds together for a common purpose, just like the work and creativity that happens in the Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester every day!

This evening is for adults only, after all, kids need play, adults do too!
The innovators who will be featured at this event are:

·         Spark DJ

·         RaizLabs

·         Tinua

·         LimbLab

·         Area 10 Labs

·         People’s Food Co-Op

·         Rochester Home Infusion

·         BrandHoot

·         IMPACT: Innovative Minds Partnering to Advance Curative Therapies (IMPACT) program

4 For Lunch
May
23
11:30 am11:30

4 For Lunch

  • Market Grill @ Hy-Vee

Sign up for the newest exciting networking opportunity offered by the Chamber of Commerce. This event gives participants the opportunity to meet three people over a leisurely and delicious lunch. 

At each event, participants will be matched up with three other Chamber Members. You'll get to know one another better, offer each other leads, and perhaps even form a business partnership yourself.  Lunch includes Entree (Menu Below) & Choice of Soft Drink.

WSU Speaker Series - The Hight Performance Mindset: Top 10 Habits of the Most Successful
May
23
4:00 pm16:00

WSU Speaker Series - The Hight Performance Mindset: Top 10 Habits of the Most Successful

  • Winona State University - Rochester

The High Performance Mindset: Top 10 Habits of the Most Successful - Dr. Kamphoff will share the 10 traits the most successful people master which is outlined in her book coming this spring: Beyond Grit: 10 Habits of the World’s Best Athletes, Leaders and Entrepreneurs. She will share stories and strategies on how to master several of these habits.

May
25
10:00 am10:00

Alley Chats at Boston Scientific

  • Boston Scientific Building 3

Connect with your peers from Minnesota’s Medical Alley on May 25th hosted by Boston Scientific.

Alley Chats are one of our most popular, Members Only, resource sharing, development and networking events. 

Why should you attend? Alley Chats expands your network so you can find partners, new hires, suppliers and camaraderie in your community.

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
May
30
7:00 am07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

  • Cafe Steam

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours
Jun
1
9:00 am09:00

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours

  • Collider Coworking

From innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, MN-SBIR provides free, confidential assistance to seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA. 

Pat Dillon will be in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Collider Coworking from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

 

 

Red Wing Maker Space
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

Red Wing Maker Space

  • Ignite Building

A makerspace is a co-op for builders. It’s a shared space that offers access to tools, workspaces, machines, 3D printers, computers, and a community of collaborators that you can’t find anywhere else. Crafters, hobbyists, developers, artists, woodworkers, etc. are invited to attend to help launch a maker space in our community!

Red Wing Maker Space
Jul
4
7:00 pm19:00

Red Wing Maker Space

  • Ignite Building

A makerspace is a co-op for builders. It’s a shared space that offers access to tools, workspaces, machines, 3D printers, computers, and a community of collaborators that you can’t find anywhere else. Crafters, hobbyists, developers, artists, woodworkers, etc. are invited to attend to help launch a maker space in our community!  

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours
Jul
6
9:00 am09:00

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours

  • Collider Coworking

From innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, MN-SBIR provides free, confidential assistance to seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA. 

Pat Dillon will be in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Collider Coworking from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

ALE-y Chats at Able Seedhouse + Brewery
Jul
17
4:00 pm16:00

ALE-y Chats at Able Seedhouse + Brewery

  • Able Seedhouse + Brewery

Connect with your peers from Minnesota’s Medical Alley on July 17th at Able Seedhouse + Brewery.

ALE-y Chats are one of our most popular, Members Only, resource sharing, development and networking events.

Why should you attend? Alley Chats expands your network so you can find partners, new hires, suppliers and camaraderie in your community.

The event is members only. If you are not a member and interested in attending, please contact Frank Jaskulke at fjaskulke@medicalalley.org to discuss membership

37TH ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING - MORNING TEE TIME
Jul
19
7:30 am07:30

37TH ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING - MORNING TEE TIME

  • Willow Creek Golf Course

This themed tournament provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a day of golf and the chance to network with other business associates. We will use a big cup format to speed up play and the traditional 5-person scramble format opens up the tournament to all golfing abilities.
This fun fundraiser helps raise the dollars needed to support the multitude of programs that serve our schools, workplaces, and city through the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

37TH ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING - AFTERNOON TEE TIME
Jul
19
1:10 pm13:10

37TH ANNUAL CHAMBER GOLF OUTING - AFTERNOON TEE TIME

  • Willow Creek Golf Course

This themed tournament provides a unique opportunity to enjoy a day of golf and the chance to network with other business associates. We will use a big cup format to speed up play and the traditional 5-person scramble format opens up the tournament to all golfing abilities.


This fun fundraiser helps raise the dollars needed to support the multitude of programs that serve our schools, workplaces, and city through the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

GOLF AFTER PARTY
Jul
19
6:30 pm18:30

GOLF AFTER PARTY

  • Willow Creek Golf Course

Non-Golfers are welcome to come join Chamber Golfers for an awards After Party! Raffle Prizes will be given away, team prizes for winning golfers, heavy appetizers, and cash bar available.

Center Stage Leadership - Winona State University
Jul
20
Jul 21

Center Stage Leadership - Winona State University

  • Winona State University

Winona State University and the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) partner to provide the Center Stage Leadership workshop. This two-day workshop offers the unique opportunity to expand your ability to effectively:

  • Communicate a vision
  • Motivate others
  • Achieve results through persuasive power
  • Communicate your ideas with poise & self-confidence

Theatre professionals will teach you the power of persuasion while remaining authentic and personable. Learn how to tell a story that depicts your expertise while demonstrating value and influencing outcomes.

Business and community leaders are invited to attend this distinctive workshop offered by WSU's College of Business and Adult & Continuing Education.

Red Wing Maker Space
Aug
1
7:00 pm19:00

Red Wing Maker Space

  • Ignite Building

A makerspace is a co-op for builders. It’s a shared space that offers access to tools, workspaces, machines, 3D printers, computers, and a community of collaborators that you can’t find anywhere else. Crafters, hobbyists, developers, artists, woodworkers, etc. are invited to attend to help launch a maker space in our community!

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours
Aug
3
9:00 am09:00

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours

  • Collider Coworking

From innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, MN-SBIR provides free, confidential assistance to seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA. 

Pat Dillon will be in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Collider Coworking from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Red Wing Maker Space
Sep
5
7:00 pm19:00

Red Wing Maker Space

  • Ignite Building

A makerspace is a co-op for builders. It’s a shared space that offers access to tools, workspaces, machines, 3D printers, computers, and a community of collaborators that you can’t find anywhere else. Crafters, hobbyists, developers, artists, woodworkers, etc. are invited to attend to help launch a maker space in our community!  

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours
Sep
14
9:00 am09:00

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours

  • Collider Coworking

From innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, MN-SBIR provides free, confidential assistance to seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA. 

Pat Dillon will be in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Collider Coworking from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Minnesota Venture Conference
Oct
11
7:15 am07:15

Minnesota Venture Conference

  • Minneapolis Convention Center

The Minnesota Venture Conference attracts hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and executives to the Minneapolis Convention Center with the goal of connecting Minnesota’s entrepreneurs with capital.

Each year, participants gather for a day of knowledge-sharing, networking, and pitches from some of Minnesota’s most promising privately-held companies.


Apr
28
12:00 pm12:00

MN Cup Friday Chats

The 2017 MN Cup application will launch on March 20. Entrepreneurs interested in applying to the FREE competition can access the application on our homepage at www.mncup.org. Startups will have until April 28 to complete and submit their application.

To help all applicants with the initial round of the competition, MN Cup is hosting a series of online events called Friday Chatsfeaturing our 2016 winners. Join us via Google Hangouts every Friday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. to better understand the process, time commitment, benefits and rewards of our program, as well as ask our most recent division winners pointed questions about their personal experiences.

Below is the schedule and the companies/topics we will feature each Friday:

  • March 31 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session w/ Activated Research Company & Self Eco Garden
  • April 7 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Berd Spokes and Vugo
  • April 14 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Stemonix and ExpressionMed
  • April 21 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Asiya and Minnealloy
  • April 28 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session to answer last minute questions about application

People who sign up for the Google Hangout will receive an email confirmation prior to the event with the link to access the hangout.

Medical Alley Association 2017 Annual Meeting
Apr
27
4:30 pm16:30

Medical Alley Association 2017 Annual Meeting

  • Radisson Blu Mall of America

Don't miss Medical Alley’s premiere annual gathering – about you, for you! Reconnect with the colleagues and industry leaders that make Medical Alley the global epicenter of health technology and care. Celebrate our leadership, innovation and impact on improving and saving lives.

We’ll deliver insights into the current state of Medical Alley, outline projections for 2017 and provide great content and comradery. Medical Alley IS powering the evolution of healthcare. There are still available opportunities to elevate your organization’s profile and we’ve expanded our capacity after last year’s SOLD OUT meeting!

Apr
27
12:00 pm12:00

Chamber 101

  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Meet the Chamber staff and get the facts about how we can serve you and your business.
 
Your Chamber membership can expand your personal and professional skills as well as benefit your organization in countless ways.

How, You ask? The upcoming Chamber 101 session will introduce you to all the opportunities available to you and your staff - including networking, member advocacy, workforce and education and much more! Learn how to maximize the benefits of your Chamber investment to reach new heights.

The meeting, presented by the Chamber staff, is open to new and existing members alike, but space is limited.

Apr
26
3:00 pm15:00

Wild Atypical Tea

  • Forager Brewery

Women in Leadership and Development presents Atypical Tea, a four part learning series centralized on a theme. The 2017 year's theme is Courageous Maneuvers. Atypical Tea may be at high tea time, but our tastings and desserts will vary. Space is limited to the first 40 registrants.

WSU Speaker Series - Engaging and Motivating Your Talent
Apr
26
2:00 pm14:00

WSU Speaker Series - Engaging and Motivating Your Talent

  • Winona State University - Rochester

Session Description:

Research tells us that employee engagement is the primary enabler behind the successful execution of any business strategy. And, no one affects engagement and retention more than the employee’s immediate leader.

This session will provide you with a model to determine what drives each individual’s engagement, as well as methods for proactive engagement and talent retention.

Join us to explore ways to create an engaging environment using no-cost “everyday engagers.”

  • 4-5pm Networking Happy Hour
  • Light Hors d'oeuvres and drinks included
  • Attendee Fee: $10/participant
WSU Speaker Series- When it Comes to Leadership, All Conversations are Crucial
Apr
26
12:00 pm12:00

WSU Speaker Series- When it Comes to Leadership, All Conversations are Crucial

  • Winona State University - Rochester

Session Description:

Effective leaders use interpersonal skills that might be called “nice” or “soft.” But these skills take courage and discipline, and they help to address hard issues. Leaders have opportunities to apply these skills in every single conversation or interaction they have, so the impact can be immediate and powerful.

If organizations were able to quantify the financial impact of poor conversations, they would quickly conclude that improving the quality of workplace interactions must be a priority for both the organization and individual leaders. Indeed, one might conclude that the ability to effectively manage interactions is at the heart of successful leadership.

Join us for an engaging conversation on the seven common interaction traps and how to build your organizational effectiveness!

 

  • Food: Lunch included
  • Attendee Fee: $10/participant

Apr
25
7:00 pm19:00

UMR Connects: Refugees. Immigrants. and Ethnic Minorities: A Tale of Three Countries

  • University Square 4th Floor

Germany and Turkey have taken in thousands of refugees from war-torn countries in the past couple of years. Their capacity to integrate this massive influx of peoples, the “European Migrant Crisis,” has been an economic strain and political football in both countries, complicated by the specter of terrorism and, in Turkey’s case, an increasing shift toward an autocratic form of governance. UM students share their study abroad experiences with immigrant and ethnic communities in Turkey and Germany. They also compare and contrast the response of the United States to the refugee crisis.

Apr
25
8:00 am08:00

Foundation Annual Breakfast

  • Rochester International Eevent Center

Join us at the inaugural Foundation Annual Breakfast to learn how the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation is working for our community to develop, attract, and retain the workforce of today and tomorrow. This event is an opportunity for community and Chamber members alike to come together to realize the work of the Foundation and join in the efforts moving forward. The time is now to work together to address the needs of our growing region. The time is now to make believers.

Apr
21
12:00 pm12:00

MN Cup Friday Chats

The 2017 MN Cup application will launch on March 20. Entrepreneurs interested in applying to the FREE competition can access the application on our homepage at www.mncup.org. Startups will have until April 28 to complete and submit their application.

To help all applicants with the initial round of the competition, MN Cup is hosting a series of online events called Friday Chatsfeaturing our 2016 winners. Join us via Google Hangouts every Friday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. to better understand the process, time commitment, benefits and rewards of our program, as well as ask our most recent division winners pointed questions about their personal experiences.

Below is the schedule and the companies/topics we will feature each Friday:

  • March 31 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session w/ Activated Research Company & Self Eco Garden
  • April 7 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Berd Spokes and Vugo
  • April 14 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Stemonix and ExpressionMed
  • April 21 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Asiya and Minnealloy
  • April 28 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session to answer last minute questions about application

People who sign up for the Google Hangout will receive an email confirmation prior to the event with the link to access the hangout.

Apr
21
7:30 am07:30

Women's Round Table

  • Rochseter Area Chamber of Cmmerce

Develop relationships within this supportive group of women leaders who meet the third Friday morning of each month. The Women's Round Table provides a small, safe environment for women to: practice and refine skills, discuss challenges specific to women in positions of leadership, learn together and empower each other to take risks. Join us for a fun, engaging program driven by the needs of the group.

Apr
20
5:00 pm17:00

Business After Hours

  • Sumerby Golf Club

Business After Hours (BAH) is Rochester's award-winning, premier networking event held at a different member's place of business each month from 5 - 7 p.m.. BAH, which won the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureaus' Known for Networking award in 2007, brings together upwards of 250 businessmen and women for networking, door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. You won't want to miss this valuable networking opportunity

Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

UMR Connects: What is nature worth? What economics can teach us about consersation in Minnesota

  • University Square 4th Floor

The value of nature includes everything from the food we eat, to the water we drink, to our sense of place and belonging. Putting an economic value on the services nature provides can elevate these values in decision-making and change the way we approach conservation. Keeler will discuss how economists are mainstreaming nature's values into decisions here in Minnesota and around the world, and potential challenges or pitfalls of this approach. Dr. Bonnie Keeler is program director and lead scientist for the Natural Capital Project — a collaborative partnership between the University of Minnesota, Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. At the Institute on the Environment, Keeler leads a team of experts in ecology, economics, and software development seeking to better communicate and quantify the value of nature. In collaboration with local and international partners, the Natural Capital Project has elevated the value of ecosystem services in decisions at local to regional scales, developed models and tools to support better management of agricultural and forested landscapes, and advanced the research and implementation of nature-based solutions around the world. Bonnie’s particular expertise is in better understanding and capturing the multiple values of clean water using biophysical and economic approaches. She also oversees projects on the recreation and mental health benefits of urban parks, the costs and benefits of conservation and restoration, and the sustainable management of agricultural landscapes. Keeler earned both her PhD and MS from the University of Minnesota.

Ignite Cup 2017 - Southern MN Startup Competition
Apr
18
6:00 pm18:00

Ignite Cup 2017 - Southern MN Startup Competition

  • Red Wing Ignite Innovation Center

WHAT? Startup competition to connect and grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem

WHO? All are invited! Entrepreneurs, Investors and Community Members in Southeast Minnesota

WHY? Grow regional and state innovation footprint

- Startups will receive exposure, regional connections, investor feedback and link to MN Cup.

- Attendees will be able to see the latest innovation and network with like minds!

Apr
18
11:30 am11:30

RESTful Lunch

  • Grand Grill

Let's talk about REST api design, new trends on server side and client side, etc. We may continue our discussion about project Bookcases and more. 

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
Apr
18
7:00 am07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

  • Cafe Steam

Rochester Open Coffee Club is a modeled after the famous Boulder Open Coffee Club in Boulder, CO. It is an informal meetup of Tech junkies who discuss tech news, local tech news and whatever else tech comes up. The discussion is kicked off by a host and meanders for about an hour. Great opportunity to network with other techies and maybe some random collisions will spark new products or businesses.

Apr
17
5:30 pm17:30

Red Wing Ignite: Meet Up with Mark Coronna

  • Ignite Building

Join Mark Coronna as he presents on Powerful Value Propositions.

There will be a presentation, Q & A and time for networking.

Refreshments will be provided.

Mark is an expert in managing and exploiting the intersection of business and marketing strategy and technology-enabled products and services.  He has a proven track record in business development, go-to-market, and operational excellence.  As a serial innovator, Mark has led the development of a leading financial accounting software product, the development and introduction of two online print services businesses, and the development and introduction of the world’s first B2B internet payments network: PowerTracktm.

Mark’s e expertise includes building, revitalizing, and optimizing products, technologies, processes, and sales/marketing strategies.  Mark is the founder and Managing Director of a specialized management consultancy, Marks & Crown LLC.

Apr
14
12:00 pm12:00

MN Cup Friday Chats

The 2017 MN Cup application will launch on March 20. Entrepreneurs interested in applying to the FREE competition can access the application on our homepage at www.mncup.org. Startups will have until April 28 to complete and submit their application.

To help all applicants with the initial round of the competition, MN Cup is hosting a series of online events called Friday Chatsfeaturing our 2016 winners. Join us via Google Hangouts every Friday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. to better understand the process, time commitment, benefits and rewards of our program, as well as ask our most recent division winners pointed questions about their personal experiences.

Below is the schedule and the companies/topics we will feature each Friday:

  • March 31 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session w/ Activated Research Company & Self Eco Garden
  • April 7 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Berd Spokes and Vugo
  • April 14 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Stemonix and ExpressionMed
  • April 21 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Asiya and Minnealloy
  • April 28 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session to answer last minute questions about application

People who sign up for the Google Hangout will receive an email confirmation prior to the event with the link to access the hangout.

Apr
14
7:30 am07:30

Eggs & Issues: What Drives MN Transportation?

  • Mayo Clinic Center Meeting Room 102 &103

Come for the breakfast, leave with answers to your questions about what’s happening at the legislature! Don’t miss your opportunity to interact with the area legislative team at another packed slate of Eggs & Issues. Expert speakers and the legislative panel will be discussing current events and issues that impact your organization.
 

At the final Eggs & Issues event of the year, we will be talking about one of the biggest issues that has faced Minnesota over the past three years: Transportation.


Join us on April 14th when we will hear from Eric Davis, MnDOT

Chief of Staff. He will be discussing the status of transportation legislation in this year’s session and what 

should be expected with key projects such as the completion of Highways 14 and 52.

As always, we will also be joined by our local legislative delegation for a panel to answer questions about the issues that are most important to you.

Apr
13
1:00 pm13:00

Equity Logic for Small Business: Mod 2

  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce

Module 2 - Basic Intercultural Acuity - April 13, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Module 2 provides a more in-depth examination of culture and how cultural differences can impact the workplace. Participants will identify their own cultural norms and contrast their norms with those of others. Participants will also learn how to build an inclusive workplace culture that will increase employee retention and improve workplace morale.

Apr
11
7:00 pm19:00

UMR Connects: That's Not Funny

  • Univeristy Square 4th Floor

Presenter: Dr. Brian Mondy Some of the most creative comedy explores issues, such as race or sexual relationships, that make many people uncomfortable. “That’s not funny” is a common response to humor that is regarded as immoral or offensive, but can it be justified? Whether it can be justified seems to depend on the relationship of two issues: (1) what it is that makes something immoral; and (2) what it is that makes something funny. Philosophers and academics have paid a lot of attention to the first issue, but less attention to the second issue. In this talk I address some of the more plausible views of what makes something funny, what makes something immoral, and how the two might be related. Exploring the relationship not only sheds light on when it is appropriate to say “That’s not funny,” but also helps to illuminate issues about the subjectivity or objectivity of values. Join me for a serious and humorous discussion of humor and ethics (if that’s possible). Before coming to the Center for Learning Innovation I taught as a teaching assistant at the University of Miami from 2006-2010, where I received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in 2008, as an adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College, and as a full-time Visiting Lecturer at Florida International University from 2010-2012.

Apr
11
3:00 pm15:00

Speed Networking!

  • Charlie's Eatery & Pub

Maximize your networking time with new connections at our Chamber speed networking event! Participants meet and mingle with other business professionals in a format based around a fast-paced series of mini-meetings to allow attendees to maximize their networking impact in a short amount of time. 

Sign up early to save your spot - participation is limited to Chamber members only and the first 50 registrants.

Apr
10
5:30 pm17:30

WingerDojo

  • Red Wing Ignite

CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led network of free computer programming clubs for young people aged 7-17. CoderDojo puts an emphasis on self motivated learning through project work, peer to peer mentoring and the creation of socially innovative projects. There are over 450 CoderDojos teaching young people how to code in over 45 countries around the world. Learn more here.

Apr
7
5:00 pm17:00

Spark DJ App Showcase & Party

  • Bleu Duck

Spark DJ party exclusively in Rochester! We use Artificial Intelligence to DJ parties

FREE party download codes for the first 100 people through the door.

Download Spark DJ & be able to interact with music at both bars throughout the night! Put in song requests, vote on your favorite music & dance the night away as the app mixes the music!

Apr
7
12:00 pm12:00

MN Cup Friday Chats

The 2017 MN Cup application will launch on March 20. Entrepreneurs interested in applying to the FREE competition can access the application on our homepage at www.mncup.org. Startups will have until April 28 to complete and submit their application.

To help all applicants with the initial round of the competition, MN Cup is hosting a series of online events called Friday Chatsfeaturing our 2016 winners. Join us via Google Hangouts every Friday from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. to better understand the process, time commitment, benefits and rewards of our program, as well as ask our most recent division winners pointed questions about their personal experiences.

Below is the schedule and the companies/topics we will feature each Friday:

  • March 31 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session w/ Activated Research Company & Self Eco Garden
  • April 7 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Berd Spokes and Vugo
  • April 14 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Stemonix and ExpressionMed
  • April 21 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session with Asiya and Minnealloy
  • April 28 – MN Cup Virtual Q&A Session to answer last minute questions about application

People who sign up for the Google Hangout will receive an email confirmation prior to the event with the link to access the hangout.

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours
Apr
7
9:00 am09:00

Pat Dillon - SBIR Information Office Hours

  • Collider Coworking

From innovation, entrepreneurship and commercialization, MN-SBIR provides free, confidential assistance to seed, early stage, emerging and existing firms to access non-dilutive funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. MN-SBIR is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization and MHTA. 

Pat Dillon will be in the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator from 9:00am to 12:00pm and at Collider Coworking from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Apr
7
7:30 am07:30

Rochester Area Chamber Of Commerce

Join us for AM Espresso and start your Friday by expanding your customer base and generating new business leads! AM Espresso is a convenient way to network at a member’s place of business while enjoying coffee and continental breakfast. This is an informal event where you will have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business to more than 100 Chamber members. Invite a friend and remember to bring lots of business cards! 

FastTrac TechVenture Course - For Technology and Life Science Entrepreneurs
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

FastTrac TechVenture Course - For Technology and Life Science Entrepreneurs

  • Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator - Suite #202

Meeting each Thursday night from 6:00pm to 9:00pm from April 6th to June 1st.

FastTrac TechVenture is for technology and life science entrepreneurs as they develop business  concepts and express them in improved elevator pitches, investor presentations and business plans to acquire the funding and management talent to launch and grow their businesses.

FastTrac TechVenture provides the tools to develop and/or hone the skills needed, as a technology entrepreneur, to understand the business behind the technology – skills to start, operate, fund, and grow a technology or life-sciences business.