"Last Place Isn't the Right Place for a Winner"
NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/2gShQoD
5 p.m. - Information Tables 6 p.m. - Light Supper and Social 6:30 p.m. - Program
North Hennepin Community College, Center for Business and Technology
Grand Hall (Room 195) - 7411 85th Avenue N, Brooklyn Park - Map
Moderator - Michael Birchard, Chief Diversity and
Affirmative Action Officer, North Hennepin Community College
Welcome - Curt Boganey, Brooklyn Center City Manager
MN Disparities in Employment and Business Ownership
Sam Grant, Executive Director of Everybody In, will give us an overview of MN's low ranking when it comes to racial disparity in employment. He will explain why this is a problem, not only for minorities, but also for the state as a whole. He'll also tell us about Everybody In's role as a clearinghouse for data, insights, and best practices.
Business Development in Brooklyn Park
Adeel Ahmed, Brooklyn Park's Business Development Coordinator, will present an overview of the ways the city helps businesses in the initial planning stage as well as those ready for growth.
Open to Business Program
Rob Smolund, Business Advisor, for the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), will explain the role of MCCD's Open to Business program, which provides new & expanding small businesses with technical help and loans. He will also tell us how Brooklyn Park and MCCD work together.
Incubating Small Businesses and Helping Them Grow
Teshite Wako, Finance Director, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), whose mission is to build neighborhood economies from within. He will explain how NDC provides entrepreneurship training, loans, incubation in ethnic marketplaces, and business development services to help businesses get started, grow, and create jobs.
EMERGE Workforce Development and Cedar-Riverside Opportunity Center
Fatima Muhammad, Director of EMERGE's Workforce Development, will speak on Emerge's training, job finding, & supportive services. EMERGE Associate Director Mohamed Ali will introduce the Opportunity Center to open in spring and the Unity Opportunity Collaborative. Funded by the MN $37M fund to reverse racial disparities, the collaborative will work to overcome economic disparities African Americans and African immigrants face.
A Question and Answer discussion will follow.
HTC and NHCC are affirmative action, equal opportunity employers and educators.