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Creative Small Business Resource Workshop

  • Gremlin Theater 550 Vandalia Street Saint Paul, MN, 55114 United States (map)

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.