3:00 PM15:00

Innovative Development for a Creative Community

Are you interested in live/work spaces, the growing trend of maker spaces, the future of space development for creative entrepreneurs, and the opportunities and challenges associated with transit-oriented development? Please join us in the Creative Enterprise Zone for an exciting panel discussion, engaging networking, and delicious fare from Naughty Greek! 

 Refreshments provided — stay afterward for networking! 

The panel:

  • Rob Clapp, Can Can Wonderland: If it wasn’t for Rob Clapp, Can Can Wonderland wouldn’t exist in its current form. Applying his skills in real estate investigation and negotiation, Can Can Wonderland found its amazing space. As owner and real estate broker of Summit Group / KW Commercial, Rob has represented numerous local restaurants, bars, and arts organizations. He also brings expertise and leadership in the Benefit Corporation formation.
  • Peter Remes, First and First: Peter Remes, CEO of First and First specializes in transforming urban warehouse spaces into creative, inspiring, and in demand spaces. Remes activates derelict properties and turns them into places for the community, spaces where people will want to spend time and perhaps even be inspired by what they see. After developing buildings across Minneapolis he took on a demanding project in the old mattress factory at the intersection of Vandalia and I-94, now known as Vandalia Tower.
  • Renee Spillum, Seward Redesign: Renee Spillum is Senior Project Manager for Seward Redesign, a community development corporation that promotes the health, vitality and self-determination of the Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis. She holds a commercial real estate license and a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Housing and Community Development from the Humphrey Institute. Previously, Renee has worked as a Section 8 housing inspector, and in fundraising for affordable housing developments. 
  • Special Guest: Dr. Bruce Corrie, City of St. Paul, Director of Planning and Economic Development  

Please contact us at coordinator@CreativeEnterpriseZone.org with question.

Transit/parking: Naughty Greek is located on the Green Line just west of at the Raymond Station. There is parking available in the Raymond and Territorial Road parking lot and on-street metered parking. 

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4:30 PM16:30

Creative Small Business Resource Workshop

Free, but RSVP (optional). 

Learn about the many tools and resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs through the city of St. Paul, including the benefits of being a certified small, women-owned, or minority-owned business.

If you have a small business in St. Paul— or an idea for one— this workshop is for you. Come to the CEZ for networking, happy hour, and a panel discussion. We'll hear from local experts on resources such as:

  • St. Paul's funding and business resources, including the "Open for Business" initiative to make the city more entrepreneur-friendly
  • The benefits of being a certified, small, women- or minority-owned business
  • Springboard for the Arts' Incubator, a fiscal sponsorship program
  • Kiva microloans for artist-run businesses

Two of the panelists bring planning and economic development expertise from the city of St. Paul. Danette Parr is the new director of business development, leading the “Open for Business” project to make the city more accessible to entrepreneurs, among other initiatives to attract, retain, and expand businesses. As a project manager, Hilary Holmes works on real estate and development projects throughout St. Paul. In her earlier role as a city planner, she worked on transportation and neighborhood initiatives downtown and along the Green Line. 

Caroline Taiwo is the economic opportunity program director for Springboard for the Arts. She has also served as Arts + Culture editor for Twin Cities Daily Planet and led equity initiatives, serving as American Public Media's inclusion and community impact coordinator and on MPR's Healthy States advisory panel.

Getting there: Look for the water tower over a brick warehouse complex. From Vandalia Ave just north of 94, turn east onto Wabash at the vertical red sign and park in the lot. The Gremlin Theatre entrance is next to Lake Monster Brewing.

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