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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - Please RSVP on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/2gShQoD

or Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/events/737635576404620/


5 p.m. - Business and Employment Tables


We have invited people from nonprofit and and government organizations to speak and have tables at the fair that:  1) have job opportunities; 2) assist new and expanding small businesses with training, services, and loans;  and 3) help unemployed people and low wage earners by providing training programs, assistance with finding livable wage jobs with career potential, and coaching people starting new positions.  


See the list of outstanding organizations that will have 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 - Campus Map




"Last Place Isn't the Right Place for a Winner"



Join us for a discussion of how nonprofits are working to revitalize neighborhoods.  The forum will begin with an overview of the worst in the nation income disparities immigrants and people of color face in Minnesota.  We will then hear from the City of Brooklyn Park and three nonprofit organizations on their approaches to helping people get on a path to financially rewarding employment in their chosen field. 

Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center are suburbs which lead the state in the percent of residents who are immigrants and people of color.  We would like our suburbs to also lead the state in reducing the education and income disparities between racial and ethnic groups in our suburbs.  The Brooklyns have a big job to do, and we need everybody’s help.  Join us at the “NW Business and Employment Opportunity Fair” so you will discover the organizations whose mission it is to help our lowest income residents have a brighter future.  That way when you meet people who can benefit from their services, including low income white residents, you can tell the people about the organizations that can help them.  Services of the organizations featured at the forum are located in low income areas where they can give new life to neighborhoods and help all Twin Cities’ low income residents create a better life for themselves and their families.


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Affirmative Action Officer, North Hennepin Community College

Welcome - Curt Boganey, Brooklyn Center City Manager



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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.

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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.


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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.

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Teshite Wako is the Finance Director for the 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 muhammedmohamed aliFatima 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 Unity Opportunity Collaborative which plans to open the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center in the spring. Funded by a grant from the the MN legislature for $4.25 million, 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.


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MN's Leading Election System

With Secretary of State Steve Simon


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Listen to Secretary of State Steve Simon's excellent presentation on MN's outstanding election system emulated by many other states at the Think Again Brooklyns forum January 19, 2016.  Secretary Simon includes ways in which it can be improved, and he explains why it is important to vote.  He concludes with a quote from a tee shirt:  "Failure to vote is not an act of rebellion.  It is an act of surrender."

Get details on how to vote at http://mnvotes.org

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How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in the US

By Lornet Turnbull
YES! Magazine
October 8, 2016


In January, Oregon became the first state in the country to begin automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's licenses or state IDs, completely shifting the burden of voter registration from the individual to the government. 

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