Shop Local First: Best Practices for Your Website
Jun
20
11:30 AM11:30

Shop Local First: Best Practices for Your Website

Is your website helping or hurting your business?

Attend this Shop Local First training session for a discussion on best practices to creating and maintaining a successful website and what it can mean for your local business.

We invite you to a presentation featuring local Advanced Advertising Manager, Joe Buttel, who will explore the importance of website design and development, how to extend your reach online and not lose sight of the customer experience.

3 key takeaways you will learn:

* Expert insight on website development and design

* Bringing your Offline storefront Online

* The customer experience

RSVP by June 18th, and you will receive a comprehensive assessment of your current website the day of the session.

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JRK Medical Grand Opening + Open House
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

JRK Medical Grand Opening + Open House

Fun filled evening with lots of surprises and events planned. Please join for an exciting celebration. Complimentary Vein screenings, demos of services offered. Drawings for services and products. Book your service that night for special discounts and much more.

Refreshments will be served, email to reserve a spot for vein screening.

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Women's Round Table
Jun
21
7:30 AM07:30

Women's Round Table

  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce Jaguar Communications Video Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.
 

Dee Vazquez Sabol 

Dee Vazquez Sabol is Executive Director of the Diversity Council, an organization that has spent 30 years ensuring that the people of Minnesota embrace diversity as a foundation for building a healthy, inclusive and prosperous community.  

Ms. Sabol brings experience in cross-cultural communication and change management. Most recently she spent 15 years managing public affairs, strategic partnerships, and community and cultural engagement in El Paso County CO. She has been deeply engaged in the areas of public-private collaboration, social equity, and sustainable growth.  

Ms. Sabol received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Sociology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver. She’s taught courses in collaboration, governance, and stakeholder management for the Colorado Springs Center for Nonprofit Excellence and El Pomar Nonprofit Resource Center. She received the Karen A. Patterson Award for Community and Organizational Change from Regis University, the Making Democracy Work Award from League of Women Voters, and numerous other community accolades. 

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Ask Me Anything: Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Jun
21
8:00 AM08:00

Ask Me Anything: Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Want to learn more about the small business and entrepreneurial community in Rochester? Do you have a great entrepreneurial idea that you want to talk about? Want to learn more about the Collider Foundation?

Join us for our first Ask Me Anything (AMA): Small Business and Entrepreneurship!

To join in, sign up for a free ticket using Eventbrite. Someone from the Collider Foundation will then reach out to you to set up a 15 minute meeting with Collider Foundation volunteers for this date.

Anyone in the community is encouraged and welcome to attend!


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Business After Hours
Jun
27
5:00 PM17:00

Business After Hours

Join us for Business after Hours (BAH), a monthly networking function which brings more than 100 professionals together to network and build valuable business relationships. Enjoy delicious food and drinks while connecting with a variety of business and organizations operating in the greater Rochester area. This event is a great opportunity to increase your organization’s visibility and generate productive business leads.

The first 200 people at the Community Happy Hour receive a ticket for a free beer or pop
 

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WE Workshop-Building your Leadership Style Using StrengthsFinder
Jun
27
7:30 PM19:30

WE Workshop-Building your Leadership Style Using StrengthsFinder

  • Cascade Meadow Wetlands & Environmental Science Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This session is designed to provide experiential learnings about CliftonStrengths®/StrengthsFinder® and its professional application, as it relates to leadership style. Participants will deepen their personal understanding of Strengths by engaging in a shared educational experience, conversations with fellow participants, and activities oriented around defining unique characteristics of talent, in order to increase self-awareness and self-empowerment.

Whether you have experience with StrengthsFinder® or not, this workshop is for you. You will need to submit your top 5 Themes in order to register for the workshop. 

If you have already taken the StrengthsFinder® assessment, you can simply do the following:

  1. Visit gallupstrengthscenter.com

  2. Click "Sign In" in the upper right hand corner

  3. Log in using your previously created Username & Password (the one from when you first took the StrengthsFinder® assessment)

  4. Scroll down and you will see your top 5 Themes listed. 

  5. Complete WE Forum registration filling in "Theme 1, Theme 2, etc." accordingly

If you have not taken the StrengthsFinder® assessmentyet, please click here to do so. You will need to pay $19.99 for access to the test. Please give yourself 30-35 minutes uninterrupted online, to take the assessment. You will receive your top 5 Theme results immediately following the completion of the assessment, and you can then register for the WE Forum workshop filling in "Theme 1, Theme 2, etc."

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Move Electric: June Hangout
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Move Electric: June Hangout

We are past due for a gathering, so let's change that.

The meetup goes from 6-8, but will not have any formal presentation. So show up anytime within that window and leave when you like.

We'll figure out a good location for this, as I would love for an opportunity for people to chat and also show off each other vehicles. It is a fun opportunity for people to learn more about electric cars or electric bikes in person! Bring your electric vehicle or your interest in electric vehicles and let's chat!

--What is the Move Electric meetup group about?--

Interested in electric vehicles? Passionate about your BEV? The Move Electric Meetup group is an opportunity for people excited about the possibilities of electric transportation to share their experiences and learn from others.

Whether you are focused on the environmental impact, financial advantages or the possibilities of energy independence there is a diverse set of benefits that bring people to electric vehicles. This group will celebrate all of these benefits while introducing everyone to more.

Come to share your enthusiasm and your experiences!

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Women Who Craft (Beer) June Meetup at LTS Brewing Company
Jun
17
5:00 PM17:00

Women Who Craft (Beer) June Meetup at LTS Brewing Company

Discover what happens when water, malt, hops and yeast are mixed! The process of brewing beer is like a foreign language to many. (Maybe even a bit like magic!) BUT, if you want to truly appreciate this delicious drink, then a basic understanding of the fundamental steps can be beneficial when savoring craft beer.

Be front row in a small group tour led by the brewers of LTS to discover the steps in the brewing process: malting, milling, mashing, lautering, boiling, fermenting, conditioning, filtering, and packaging or tapping - Each lady will be equipped with a tasting glass to sample the steps that lead up to sipping that tasty craft brew in the tap room!

Join us for sipping and socializing beginning at 5 PM in the patio tent. At 6 PM, ladies will be taken through the brewing facilities in smaller groups for that extra attention to answer your questions and do a bit of exploring!

** NO TICKETS REQUIRED FOR THE TOUR ** PLEASE RESPOND "GOING" FOR A HEADCOUNT 🍻

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Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking
Jun
13
6:30 PM18:30

Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking

Learn, network, and enjoy yourself with investors and other members of the community at CashFlow 101 Game Night! Come Early and network. Networking starts at 6:30 PM, the game will begin at 7:00 PM

Cashflow 101 is a board game created by the International Bestselling Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad", Robert Kiyosaki. Per Kiyosaki: "Think of Cashflow as the MBA program for people who want to have fun, learn fast, and get rich."

The object is to get out of the rat race by making your money work hard for you, so you don't have to work hard for your money.

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Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
Jun
11
7:00 AM07:00

Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup

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.

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AM Espresso
Jun
7
7:30 AM07:30

AM Espresso

Join the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce 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! 

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1 Million Cups Rochester
Jun
5
9:00 AM09:00

1 Million Cups Rochester

Join us as we hear from two great entrepreneurs in the region.

1MC is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. The program is based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee.

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Rochester Rising Communication Session: Mental Health
May
21
5:30 PM17:30

Rochester Rising Communication Session: Mental Health

Join us for our first Communication Session focused on Mental Health and Wellness. This session will be a safe space to communicate mental wellness challenges with the goal to help create a community of support for Rochester entrepreneurs.

The session will be moderated by Jay Franson of JF Coaching. Jay Franson is a Life and Business Coach in Rochester and has been working with business owners and business professionals for the past three years. He has a degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked with company teams to improve communication, collaboration, and connection through education and group events.

***THERE IS LIMITED SEATING FOR THIS EVENT SO PLEASE REGISTER TO SECURE YOUR SPOT.***

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Show Up, Be Heard!
May
20
4:30 PM16:30

Show Up, Be Heard!

The Commission has been in existence for 5 years and has changed a lot since it began. We are at an interesting point in Rochester's history and its time to take inventory on what is happening in our young professional community and where the needs are.

Join us as we seek to identify the needs in the community and hear from diverse perspectives so that we can all truly make an impact in Rochester.

Where - Location is being locked in right now and will be updated shorty :)

When - May 20th 430-630pm

Who - All Young Professionals are welcome! Whether you have never been to an event before or you have been to every event, everyone is welcome to come share how they feel about the state of the young professional community.

Thank you for your time!

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 Designers Who Code - Intro to Vuex
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Designers Who Code - Intro to Vuex

Are you a designer or developer who is interested in leveling up your web programming game? David Dangerfield will show you how. David gave us an excellent Intro to Vue.js talk last year, and he follows it up this year with an Intro to Vuex. Vue.js is a simple, yet powerful framework/library for creating web apps. If you have any experience in HTML/CSS/JavaScript, this will be a great addition to your web skills.

Many web apps are littered with state all over the place in a tangled mess. But when done right, web application state can be simple and beautiful. Vuex (Vue.js’s state management library) makes this easy. In this talk we'll show you an example of the beautiful state in a Vue.js app.

David Dangerfield is a Senior Front-end Engineer at SmugMug. By day he writes a mix of React and PHP to maintain and improve SmugMug. By night he dreams of the day when all projects will switch to Vue.js. He’s not holding his breath.

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EquityLogic Series - Common Language: Communicating with Respect, Gender Equity and Respect
May
14
8:00 AM08:00

EquityLogic Series - Common Language: Communicating with Respect, Gender Equity and Respect

Attend this six-part training series to learn new and effective workforce recruitment strategies for your organization by diversifying employment strategies and adapting workplace culture.

This session presents values-based interactive training that develops norms for communication and increases awareness of barriers to interpersonal connectivity.  Activities include exploring intent versus impact, the ladder of inference, and reflective listening. In addition, this session provides a learning piece on gender equity and gender respect in the workplace.

Hosted by: Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, Diversity Council, Workforce Development Inc., and DEED.

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WordPress for Small Business Owners and Lifestyle Bloggers : Posting YouTube Videos
May
13
6:00 PM18:00

WordPress for Small Business Owners and Lifestyle Bloggers : Posting YouTube Videos

Join us as Brandon shows us how to post YouTube videos onto our websites. Learn to create visual excitement and engagement with your followers by bringing videos into your pages and posts.

Meet other local bloggers, designers and developers of WordPress, the Internet's classiest and fastest dynamic content management system. Meetings start with socializing and sharing. We meet on the second Monday of each month. Bring your questions to ask, solutions to share, and show us what you are working on. We have a projector and free WiFi so demos and tours are welcome. You can connect your tablet or tablet to the library's wifi. Food and uncovered drink not allowed. We are open to the public and free to all.

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Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking

Learn, network, and enjoy yourself with investors and other members of the community at CashFlow 101 Game Night! Come Early and network. Networking starts at 6:30 PM, the game will begin at 7:00 PM

Cashflow 101 is a board game created by the International Bestselling Author of "Rich Dad Poor Dad", Robert Kiyosaki. Per Kiyosaki: "Think of Cashflow as the MBA program for people who want to have fun, learn fast, and get rich."

The object is to get out of the rat race by making your money work hard for you, so you don't have to work hard for your money.

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Business Expert Series - Essential Sales Skills: Shortening the Buyer Journey Workshop
May
9
1:00 PM13:00

Business Expert Series - Essential Sales Skills: Shortening the Buyer Journey Workshop

Winona State University-Rochester (WSU-R) invites you to Essential Sales Skills: Shortening the Buyer Journey Workshop on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the WSU-Rochester campus on Broadway. Learn about factors that influence how buying decisions are made, techniques to uncover buyer needs and how to improve your ability to successfully communicate the right value to a buyer.

This program will benefit both new and experienced sales professionals who want to improve their ability to effectively communicate value and to develop stronger relationships with their customers.

Join Marianne Collins, a Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and the Director of the Strauss Center for Sales Excellence at Winona State University (WSU). Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, Ms. Collins had a long career in business, spanning over three decades. She held a variety of sales and marketing positions; including 12 years as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a food service equipment manufacturer. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) and she earned her Master’s degree from Harvard.

The workshop offers WSU Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 2 contact hours/0.2 CEUs.

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Rochester's Next Generation of Medical Entrepreneurs
May
7
5:30 PM17:30

Rochester's Next Generation of Medical Entrepreneurs

  • The Rochester Civic Theatre's Black Box Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In the late 19th century William and Charles Mayo built a medical clinic in the Minnesota frontier town of Rochester, Minnesota. They envisioned a center of the highest quality that would draw the best doctors and the sickest patients from all over the world.

More than a century later, Mayo has one of the world’s most identifiable brand names. And it is the anchor for Rochester’s plan to become an innovation hub for entrepreneurs with ties to medicine. In our next Conversation on the Creative Economy host Chris Farrell is in Rochester to meet with three medical entrepreneurs with connection to the city.

  • Eric Lucas, founder of the Oxygen Plan Corporation

  • Joselyn Raymundo, founder of Rochester Home Infusion

  • Scott Snyder, cofounder of Geneticure

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 Walleye Tank Spring Opener 2019
May
3
2:00 PM14:00

Walleye Tank Spring Opener 2019

Walleye Tank is a life science pitch competition for emerging and established medical and life science companies. The 2019 Spring Opener is an annual showcase of Minnesota’s most intriguing health care startups, powered by ground-breaking innovations of the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota health care ecosystem.

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Social: Litter Bit Better trash cleanup by Rochester Linux Users Group
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Social: Litter Bit Better trash cleanup by Rochester Linux Users Group

  • Cascade lake park neighborhood parking (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our annual clean up a corner of the world event, helping de-litter a local park as a part of Litter Bit Better. As usual we're teaming up with the geocachers who get CITO credit.

Where? Cascade Lake Park, which some of you may know as a soccer field park.

Parking is in the SE or SW corners of the park. The official group gathering location is on the SE corner of the park.

Bags and trash are provided, you need to provide your own gloves and a sense of civic duty. If anyone has some waterproof boots and/or grabbers for cleaning the marshy stream edge, that'd be great too.

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Let's Chat Personal Style! Women's Happy Hour
Apr
30
4:30 PM16:30

Let's Chat Personal Style! Women's Happy Hour

FREE to attend!

Spring is here and so is our second installment of the "Spread Your Wings" year-long series by The Commission. This quarter, we're talking all about personal style. Bring a friend or come solo and make a few new ones at this casual happy hour style event. Our exec team will be working our way through the crowd to gather your input-- tell us WHAT questions you want answered about personal style and WHO you want to hear from at June's panel. We can't wait to see you!

Brought to you by -
The Commission
The Maven on Broadway (the showroom)

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EarthFest Ride & Drive
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

EarthFest Ride & Drive

Who is ready to share your love of electric! We are trying out something new this year by having a Ride and Drive run by enthusiasts! (that's you and me)
On April 27th we have an opportunity to put on a Ride & Drive event as part of the Rochester EarthFest Expo! The event will go from 10am until 5pm, but of course, we don't expect everyone to stay for the full time.


What we need from you:
If you own an EV (plugin hybrid or full electric) and would be willing to feature it
OR
If you are interested in EVs and willing to share what you know with visitors while handing out some information on them

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Sneak Peeks - Gray Duck Theater
Apr
25
5:30 PM17:30

Sneak Peeks - Gray Duck Theater

The Commission is happy to bring you a new event called Sneak Peeks! We invite you to join us as we visit a new business in Rochester each quarter. This quarter we are visiting Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse and we are excited to learn more about this new business!

When - April 25th, 2019 at 5:30 pm
Who - YOU! All young professionals are welcome to join us
Where - Gray Duck Theater & Coffeehouse

Invite your friends and we will see you there!

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