10th Annual IDEA Competition A Decade of Turning Ideas into Reality

You’re invited to the Kick-off Party for the 2018 IDEA Competition   October 10, 2017 4:30-6:00 pm   At the Launchpad in the Mayflower Building 102 1st Street NW, Bemidji It’s IDEA’s 10 Year Anniversary Come celebrate and learn about the competition. Past participants will be available to talk about their experiences. RSVPs are encourages – launchpad@greaterbemidji.com or www.facebook.com/launchpadbemidji/events Please send your Nominations for the IDEA Competition Hall of Fame to: philipk@nwmf.org       The IDEA Hall of Fame was instituted in 2009 by IDEA Competition partners to recognize and honor the accomplishments of the region’s legacy innovators-those within the region who have inspired others with their entrepreneurial…

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Invest in our local entrepreneurs LaunchPad Expansion Investment Campaign

After nearly 2 years of piloting the LaunchPad co-working space and entrepreneur support center with must success, Greater Bemidji has boldly decided to expand the LaunchPad space to the lower level of the Mayflower building to provide more opportunity for learning, growing and collaborating. LaunchPad Investment Sponsorship Levels  True Believers  – Believers are individuals and organizations that believe in LaunchPad’s Mission of making Bemidji the go-to community for Start-ups in the region.  They were willing to contribute of their time and/or money for the expansion of LaunchPad’s amenities and services. Donation  Level – $25 – 999 Community Builders – Individuals…

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LaunchPad Library

Just a reminder:  The LaunchPad has a small library of valuable books for entrepreneurs to checkout.  We also encourage you to donate books to the collection for others to benefit from  Stop by and take a look.  Also available is the ‘Guide to Starting a Business in MN’.  Come pick up your free copy today. Three recent book recommendations from Meetup attendees include: Talent is Never Enough by John C. Maxwell Start with Why by Simon Sinek Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly  

Co-working – Redefining the Way We Work

This video has some cool stats on the expansion and benefits of co-working!

Keynote Presentation – Why Choose Bemidji?

Wonderful job with the keynote from our Meetup leaders Sam Nienow, Jason Brodina, & Erik Hokuf.

What’s so cool about co-working anyway?

This video answers ‘Why coworking’ very well…

TEDx Gull Lake Scheduled for October 17th Live Streaming from LaunchPad

  For list of presenters visit the TEDx Gull Lake website

Inc. 5000 Recognition for 4 Bemidji Companies!

Karvakko Engineering, Choice Therapy, Aircorp Aviation, and EXB Solutions all Bemidji companies were recognized by Inc. Magazine ranking among the fastest growing companies in the nation.  What is even more impressive Bemidji had more companies ranked than any other out-state community, even surpassing Duluth, St. Cloud, and Brainerd.  Congrats to these businesses.  We are proud of all you are accomplishing. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/business/3848139-boom-bemidji-four-local-companies-listed-among-fastest-growing-us

Check out this learning opportunity Entrepreneurial Strengths Finder

Deb McGregor, one of our newest LaunchPad Members, will be conducting a series of trainings on understanding your entrepreneurial strengths.  If you are familiar with Strengths Finder 2.0 you know the power this has.  Click below to learn more. Entrepreneurial Strengths Training

Deadline soon approaching to take advantage of Angel Tax Credits _Women and minority owned businesses are especially targeted

Click to learn more Angel Tax Credits