1 Million Cups Meeting in Winona


Winona Million Cups has finalized its December 13 agenda. The Million Cup initiative has been formed in an effort to engage, educate and connect local entrepreneurs. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free, monthly gathering is open to the public and helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

The 1 Million Cups December meeting in Winona will feature two presentations beginning at 7:30 a.m. and finishing at 8:30 a.m. at 119 East Third Street. The first presenter will be Matthew Fluharty, founder of Art of the Rural. Art of the Rural is a collaborative organization with a mission to help build the field of the rural arts, create new narratives on rural culture and community and contribute to the emerging rural arts and culture movement.

The second presenter will be Tom Venable, CEO of Basin Commerce. Basin Commerce is a logistics company involved in tracking the movement of bulk commodities. Basin Commerce provides shippers, terminals and customers real time 24/7 tracking of their bulk products.

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Winona are:

• Brian Voerding, Engage Winona

• Christine Beech, director, Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, St. Mary’s University
• Eric Mullen, president, Entrepreneur Club, Winona State University
• Olivia Osterbauer, president, Entrepreneur Club, St. Mary’s University
• Hamid Akbari, dean, College of Business, Winona State University
• Lucy McMartin, director of community development, city of Winona
• Della Schmidt, president, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
• Emily Kurash, coordinator, Winona Main Street Program
• Myron White, development coordinator, city of Winona

“Million Cups provides communities like Winona with a proven format designed to provide entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development an opportunity to discuss their ideas and collaborate with like-minded people from the community,” White said. “Entrepreneurs are encouraged to be open and honest about their business and the challenges they face. Everyone in attendance will be there in support.”

View the national website at www.1millioncups.com and access the Winona microsite at www.1millioncups.com/winona.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self sufficient, productive citizens. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org and connect with it at www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.


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