Medical Alley Annual Dinner
Apr
24
4:00 PM16:00

Medical Alley Annual Dinner

Join your peers from across the healthcare spectrum at the Medical Alley Association's Annual Dinner! This evening gala brings together hundreds of MAA companies, including the Association's foundational and sustaining members, for a spectacular evening of connecting, conversing, and celebrating leaders that are raising the profile of this region with their work.

This members-only event sells out each year with over 900 people expected to attend in 2019!

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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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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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Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
Apr
30
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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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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Leveraging Clarity for Momentum in Life and Business
May
2
5:30 PM17:30

Leveraging Clarity for Momentum in Life and Business

This course is part of the Business Expert Series sponsored by Collider and Winona State University.

This course will showcase some tips and tools to increase clarity of thought and how you can best use that clarity to move towards your goals more quickly. It will cover some self-assessments and the value they offer, how discovering what you are all about can help to make difficult decisions easier and why being very specific about what you want is so important.

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.

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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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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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Women's Round Table
Apr
19
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.

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Business After Hours
Apr
18
5:00 PM17:00

Business After Hours

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!

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Cashflow 101 Game Night at Collider Coworking
Apr
11
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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Shop Local First Series
Apr
5
11:30 AM11:30

Shop Local First Series

There is a new gold standard for finding and keeping customers.
Join the Rochester Area Chamber Lunch and Learn to discover how data has become the new currency in marketing and how you can put it to use to grow your business and keep customers shopping local first!

We will explore the new user experience when it comes to content consumption and how to personalize your ad delivery based on viewing habits.

3 key takeaways you will learn:

  • Expert insights into the three types of data

  • Top three data-driven trends in marketing

  • Real-world marketing applications

Pull up a chair, bring your notepad, and join us for a panel discussion featuring marketing experts. Lunch will be provided.

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Consultative Selling Strategies - Marianne Collins
Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Consultative Selling Strategies - Marianne Collins

Description
Learn about factors influencing how buying decisions are made and techniques to effectively communicate value and develop stronger relationships with your customers. You will leave with consultative selling strategies and tools you can immediately implement in your business.

Bio:
Marianne Collins is a Professor of Marketing, Department Chair and the Director of the Strauss Center for Sales Excellence at Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota. 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.

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1 Million Cups Rochester
Apr
3
9:00 AM09:00

1 Million Cups Rochester

We are featuring two fantastic ecosystem building organizations in our region at this month's 1MC

Cris Gastner from CEDA and Jamie Sundsbak from Collider Foundation will be our guests.

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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Mental Wellness: Goal Setting and Time Management
Mar
31
10:30 AM10:30

Mental Wellness: Goal Setting and Time Management

Join us for this end of the month celebration of Women's History Month. This event is open to anyone in the community.

Do you feel that time management and lack of priority setting is holding you back in your personal or professional life? Join us for a 90 minute workshop to wrap up Women's History Month and work together to bring forward our best selves.

This workshop will help participants:

-Understand their priorities.

-Set high-reaching but manageable goals.

-Develop a timeline to work towards these goals.
Light snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by Collider Coworking.

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HALICON 2019: Healthcare Data Science & Emerging Tech Conference
Mar
29
8:00 AM08:00

HALICON 2019: Healthcare Data Science & Emerging Tech Conference

MinneAnalytics’ premier conference on data science and emerging tech in healthcare and life sciences returns March 29!

Join us as we explore the latest topics in data science, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), deep learning (DL), IoT, robotic process automation (RPA), graph analytics & GDB, natural language processing (NLP), data viz & storytelling, genomics, precision medicine, and more at this free event. Registration opens February 28!

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AM Espresso
Mar
29
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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Shake It Up!
Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

Shake It Up!

Shake It Up is brought to you by The Commission and our friends at Think Mutual Bank!

What: Informal get together of young & awesome people.
Why: Because you are awesome and you deserve to be with other awesome people....duh!

Bring your business cards. You never know who you might meet that could use it.
See you there and invite your friends!!

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Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course
Mar
27
5:30 PM17:30

Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course

Classes will be held weekly from January 23rd to March 27th, 2019.

Classes will be a combination of online content as well as a facilitator and guest lecturers. All classes will be held in Rochester, MN.

This class will be co-facilitated by The Collider Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Let us help you clear the path from idea to business start. Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success.

This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises, and tools to help individuals think about their business idea.

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

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Putting Your Data to Work for You
Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Putting Your Data to Work for You

Join us for our next Business Experts Series in association with Winona State University Rochester College of Business.

Craig Weckwerth from Trek Analytics will present "Putting Your Data to Work for You".

Bio
Whether your organization has big data or little data, this course will help you learn how using analytics turns data into useful information and lets you make data-driven decisions. This high-level discussion covers topics such as analytics tools, data integration, data warehousing, data analysis, and predictive modeling, and demonstrates how organizations of all sizes and industries can use analytics. 

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Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course
Mar
20
5:30 PM17:30

Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course

Classes will be held weekly from January 23rd to March 27th, 2019.

Classes will be a combination of online content as well as a facilitator and guest lecturers. All classes will be held in Rochester, MN.

This class will be co-facilitated by The Collider Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Let us help you clear the path from idea to business start. Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success.

This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises, and tools to help individuals think about their business idea.

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

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Coffee 'n Convos March - China Hall
Mar
14
7:30 AM07:30

Coffee 'n Convos March - China Hall

Coffee n' Convos is back and brought to you by The Commission's Relationship Building Committee and our friends at Think Mutual Bank!

SPECIAL NOTE: You don't have to stay the whole time or come right when it starts. This is an informal meetup so stay for 15 mins or stay for an hour and a half. We just want to meet you have a couple sips of coffee and start your Friday out right!


What: Informal get together of young & awesome people
Why: Because you are awesome and you deserve to be with other awesome people....duh!

Don't forget to bring your business cards! You never know who you might meet that could use one!
See you there and invite your friends!!

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Move Electric: Let's talk Ride & Drive!
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Move Electric: Let's talk Ride & Drive!

Let's talk Ride and Drive! I swear it is going to turn to spring sooner or later, and we want to make sure we are ready for it!

On Saturday April 27th from 10AM to 5PM Rochester will be hosting another great Earthfest Expo event. Last year Midwest Evolve and a few of the local dealers put on a well-received ride and drive event as part of it.

This year we are hoping to expand on that with a group of people from the Move Electric meetup group sharing their passion for electric vehicles!

This event we're going to go back to the setup from our first event where we'll have a lot of time for chatting and a few marker boards up for everyone to share their thoughts and ideas for what would make an excellent Ride and Drive event.

So as always, whether you drive an electric vehicle, or just have an interest, this is a great opportunity for you to share your ideas.

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Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course
Mar
13
5:30 PM17:30

Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course

Classes will be held weekly from January 23rd to March 27th, 2019.

Classes will be a combination of online content as well as a facilitator and guest lecturers. All classes will be held in Rochester, MN.

This class will be co-facilitated by The Collider Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Let us help you clear the path from idea to business start. Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success.

This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises, and tools to help individuals think about their business idea.

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

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Business Expert Series: Agile Project Management and Entrepreneurship
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Business Expert Series: Agile Project Management and Entrepreneurship

Please join us for our next Business Expert Series sponsored by Collider Coworking and Winona State Rochester School of Business.

Not your typical project management discussion. Eric will discuss the key project management concepts that entrepreneurs should think about as build their businesses.

Eric Pool, Ed.D., PMP, CSM, has been employed at Mayo Clinic since 2007 where he currently works as a Senior Project Manager in Information Technology (IT). He has completed his Doctor of Education in Organization Development at the University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota. Dr. Pool practices project management through a lens that combines Organization Development and Quality Management. He has experience managing diverse projects including those in the, IT, HR, and Aerospace fields. Dr. Pool also teaches Project Management at the University of California Berkeley and is working towards the completion of an MSc in Major Program Management at the University of Oxford (UK).

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Rochester's "Best in Business Education" Networking Event
Mar
7
5:30 PM17:30

Rochester's "Best in Business Education" Networking Event

Rochester is home to two AACSB-accredied business programs which places them in the top 5% of business educators in the world. At the undergraduate level, Winona State University Rochester offers a fully online Bachelor's in Science degree in Business Administration. At the Master's level, the Labovitz MBA through the University of Minnesota offers a full Master's in Business Administration on-campus at the University of Minnesota Rochester.

Join us for an evening of networking with alumni, current students, faculty and staff from these programs. You will have the opportunity to learn about the programs and ask any and all questions you have! Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served. The event is located on the Winona State University Rochester Campus.

Schedule: 
Social: 5:30pm
Program: 6:00pm
Networking: 6:30-7:00pm

RSVPs are preferred by March 3rd.

Information for the Labovitz MBA can be found here: www.z.umn.edu/mba

Information for WSU's BS in Business Administration can be found here: https://www.winona.edu/rochester/business-admin/program.asp

Information about AACSB Accreditation: https://bestbizschools.aacsb.edu/aacsb-accredited/students

We look forward to you joining us!



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Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course
Mar
6
5:30 PM17:30

Kauffman FastTrac Startup Course

Classes will be held weekly from January 23rd to March 27th, 2019.

Classes will be a combination of online content as well as a facilitator and guest lecturers. All classes will be held in Rochester, MN.

This class will be co-facilitated by The Collider Foundation and the Mayo Clinic Office of Entrepreneurship.

Let us help you clear the path from idea to business start. Kauffman FastTrac® is a flexible course with a solid framework to support you as you start a business and begin your journey to success.

This immersive course is designed to provide information, tips, exercises, and tools to help individuals think about their business idea.

Kauffman FastTrac® equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and peer networks necessary to start and grow successful businesses.

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Labovitz MBA Lunch Information Session
Mar
6
12:00 PM12:00

Labovitz MBA Lunch Information Session

  • University of Minnestoa Rochester (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us to learn more about the Labovitz MBA in Rochester, offered by the University of Minnesota Duluth. It is Rochester's only AACSB-accredited MBA program, a distinction held by only six MBA programs in Minnesota. All classes are held in-person in Rochester on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Ph.D. qualified faculty give you the tools to be the business leader needed in today's world.

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1 Million Cups Rochester
Mar
6
9:00 AM09:00

1 Million Cups Rochester

Join us for our next 1 Million Cups Rochester as we welcome two fantastic entrepreneurs.

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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Mayo Clinic "Studies in Entrepreneurship" Class
Mar
5
12:00 PM12:00

Mayo Clinic "Studies in Entrepreneurship" Class

This class is open to anyone in the community.
Class runs from March 5th until May 7th.

If you are interested in learning about entrepreneurship at Mayo Clinic, consider participating in the Mayo Clinic Graduate Course “Case Studies in Entrepreneurship”.

In this course, we will use experiential learning approaches to learn about entrepreneurship through the actual development and execution of a startup idea. You do not have to have a startup idea to join the class, but if you do, you are welcome to bring it along and use this class to truly move your ideas forward.

The course runs on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm CST / 1-2 pm EST from March 5th, until May 7th.

Expect to spend an additional 4-8 hours per week outside of class on business development activities as part of the course.

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Rochester Open Coffee Club (ROCC) Tech Meetup
Mar
5
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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