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    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
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    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 18 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Food Foundry, 3147 California Street NE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN 55418
    • 50
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    Midwest Pantry is proud to present the '2018 Growing Your Business' Discussion Series.

    This 4-part series of discussion panels are aimed at helping you the entrepreneur learn directly from the people you'll meet on your company's path to reaching your goals. You'll glean insights about how local producers are creating innovative paths to bring product to market faster, how your can protect yourself, your ideas and your company at each stage of growth, and how to safely sell your products online at Amazon and other emerging ecommerce players.

    Each discussion will be moderated and will feature a panel of 3-5 experts, and since each discussion will be recorded, we ask that questions be submitted ahead of the event.

    Midwest Pantry is working in collaboration with our corporate members a number of local organizations to bring this event series to you, including: Dream Team Marketing, and Merchant & Gould, Research Chef's Association, and Northeast Food District.

    • PART 1 :: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY WATCHOUTS : A Step-by-Step Guide to Protect Your Growing company - June 21, 7-9pm
      • A team of intellectual property experts from Merchant & Gould will walk through each stage of a companies growth cycle explaining small additional steps to what you are already likely doing to ensure that you protect your ideas and company as you grow. 
      • This content is designed to benefit entrepreneurs with companies that are:
        • in early stages of establishing their company so that you can have a road map where to focus your attention
        • expanding into retail or are already in distribution to ensure your interests are protected as others represent your product and brand
        • looking for investment partners to ensure your assets are protected as your enterprise expands beyond your immediate control
    • PART 2 :: THE POWER OF CO-RETAILING : Unlocking Innovative Ways to Get Product to Market - July 10, 7-9pm
      • An in-depth discussion with 3 Midwest Pantry members who are innovating to solve the problem of getting their own products to market and capturing more margin
      • This content is designed to benefit entrepreneurs with companies that are:
            • looking for their first retail store
            • expanding in retail stores and need to create demo schedules
            • looking to increase margin in retail channels
    • PART 3 :: UNLOCKING ECOMMERCE SUCCESS : Details for Selling Safely on Amazon & Other Emerging Players - July 25, 7-9pm

      • A detailed discussion with Ecommerce contract experts from Merchant & Gould and local producers that have had success selling on Amazon.
      • We'll also compare & contrast the advantages & disadvantages of Amazon with other emerging sales platforms, and explore possibilities to co-retail online
      • This content is designed to benefit entrepreneurs with companies that are:
        • considering selling on Amazon
        • trying to get to a "preferred" selling status on Amazon
        • establishing an ecommerce presence beyond your own website
    • PART 4 :: HOW TO WORK WITH A FOOD SCIENTIST : Discussion Panel and Live 1:1 Working Session with a Panel of Food Scientists - August 23, 5-7pm
      • Minnesota has more food scientists than anywhere in the world, we'll be talking with a few food scientists and experienced producers about successes & challenges working together to results in the best possible local product
      • attendees will have the opportunity to engage 1:1 with a food scientist to discuss problems you might be facing with your recipe, ingredient replacement, shelf life, etc
      • This content is designed to benefit entrepreneurs with companies that are: 
        • having difficulty perfecting a recipe
        • facing challenges improving their product to expand further into retail and/or distribution
        • looking to meet a food scientist
    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 16 Jul 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 14 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 20 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 11 Sep 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 17 Sep 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 9 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 19 Nov 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 24 Nov 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • St. Anthony Community Center, 3301 Silver Lake Road NE, St. Anthony Village, MN 55418
    • 41
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's 6th Annual public retail event will feature 40+ local small businesses, and 750-1000 of our loyal customers in a larger layout!

    The Shop Small Holiday Market will take place on Small Business Saturday, November 24th, 2018. Setup is 9:00am-11:00am. The Holiday Market will be open to the public from is 11am - 3pm.

    There is a walk-through of the event space held on Thursday, November 14th from 6pm-6:45pm. This is optional for returning producers.

    Free parking is available for vendors and customers in the large surface lots surrounding the Community Center.
    Loading in/out is available through a the front doors.

    APPLICATION PART ONE - To request space in the 2018 Shop Small Holiday Market:

    1. Complete the Online registration Form, and agree to the Zero Waste Guidelines
    2. Submit the space fee:

    Midwest Pantry member pricing: $150 per 6' table

    Non-member pricing: $225 per 6' table

    *If tables remain available after September 17th, a late fee of $50 will be added to registrations. Registration closes September 30th.

    **If you are not selected to participate in the event, Midwest Pantry will inform you directly and your space fee will be reimbursed in full.**

    APPLICATION PART TWO - We will request the following paperwork and products to be submitted by October 1, 2018:
    1. Hennepin County Itinerant Application
    2. Certificate of Insurance (COI) with Midwest Pantry named as additional insured for the period of the event
    3. Completed and signed ST-19 form
    4. 4 products (minimum) - these products will be used to advertise the Holiday Market and the range of products that will be available at the Holiday Market. These products will not be returned. You may select to provide all products of the same flavor, one of each of your flavors, or any combination in between. If you have perishable products, please contact Chad at chad@midwestpantry.com before sending or dropping off the product. This is a requirement for every producer attending the event.
    5. Promote the event to your fans, friends and family.
    • 4 Dec 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Carma Coffee (520 NE Lowry Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Morning Meetups are the caffeine-fueled meetings for the early-risers in our membership ranks. Morning Meetups are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    Morning Meetups are held monthly on the second Tuesday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


    • 10 Dec 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 56 Brewing (3055 NE Columbia Ave Suite 102, Minneapolis, MN 55418)
    Register


    Midwest Pantry's Entrepreneurs Happy Hour are free, informal professional events that encourage bold thinking and practical solutions to solve business problems. This approach enables companies to grow faster and unifies Minnesota's vibrant local food community.

    The Entrepreneurs Happy Hours are held monthly on the third Monday each month in 2018. These events are completely unstructured with no topic or agenda so that food entrepreneurs can simply get together to socialize and use the time together as desired.

    We encourage attendees to come with samples of products if you'd like to get feedback from your peers, questions about business problems you are facing, and resources to share with others.


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