Greater Mankato Growth Blog

Webinar: The CARES Act: What does it mean for Small Businesses?

The Small Business Development Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato is hosting a live webinar about opportunities for small businesses in the CARES Act. Register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-cares-act-what-does-it-mean-for-small-businesses-tickets-102186472490

Supplies Needed by Mankato Clinic

Guest Blog Post by Ceceli Polzin, Community and Customer Relations Manager, Mankato Clinic

Mankato Clinic  The Mankato Clinic is expecting a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

The Mankato Clinic is very used to being Mankato’s Clinic and helping the community.  Now we need your help. Do you own or work at company with an inventory of PPE that you would be willing to donate?  Do you have a personal supply that you would be willing to part with?  Any amount helps- no donation is too small.

Here is what we need:

Hand sanitizer
Simple facemasks (homesewn are accepted too!)
N95 masks
Nitrile Gloves
Face shields
Surgical gowns

If you can donate or you have questions, please contact the Mankato Clinic Communications Department at communications@mankatoclinic.com or 507-389-8770.

#stayhomeminnesota #wewillthroughthistogether #mankatocliniccares

Business Resources for COVID-19

Greater Mankato Growth in coordination with the Regional Economic Development parnters (Eagle Lake, Lake Crystal, Mankato, North Mankato, St. Peter, and Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties), is monitoring updates to legislation (State and Federal) which would provide resources for businesses as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.

To assist Greater Mankato Growth, we are asking area businesses to complete the following survey (4 minute length) so we can continue to provide useful information to our partners and businesses:  https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5502344/Covid-19-and-Greater-Mankato

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Mankato Career Expo 2020

Career Expo Event Logo stating "Career Expo: A Community of Opportunities"

The Career Expo, a 10th grade career exploration event, is being hosted at the Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 8:00am – 3:00pm in the Grand Hall. Over 1,500 students are expected to attend. This is an excellent opportunity for your company to describe the opportunities available in this region to the next generation of workers. For the Career Expo, we are looking for companies that can manage a highly interactive booth. Companies interested in volunteering to exhibit (this is a unique Career Expo in that companies are being asked only to volunteer their time, not to pay for registration, and all volunteers will receive a free lunch) can do so by following this link or by contacting Gwenn Wolters at gwolters@mnscsc.org.  Please sign up or email Gwenn by Wednesday, February 26, 2020.  Most exhibitors give away small prizes (pens/pencils) or candies to encourage student engagement, and exhibitors are asked to bring a marker to mark student BINGO cards, which are designed to increase student interaction.

A student wearing a welding facemask that functions as a virtual reality training simulator while holding a training arc welder.
An area student testing a virtual reality welding simulator.

In addition to volunteer exhibitors, there will be a game show for students at the Career Expo. Companies are being asked for a small donation of giveaways that can be used for the game show. Examples of giveaways include water bottles, stress balls, t-shirts, pens, frisbees, etc. Companies do not need to provide a giveaway in order to participate as an exhibitor.

The Career Expo will also feature My Story, an opportunity to share your career story and respond to student questions. If you are interested in volunteering as a Storyteller or in receiving more information about My Story, you can email Alison Troldahl at atrold1@isd77.org.

Schools that will be attending the event include: Mankato East High School, Mankato West High School, United South Central, Maple River, Central/Central Freedom High School, Lake Crystal Welcome Memorial, St. Peter Public Schools, Tri City United, St. Clair, Nicollet, JWP, and Madelia.

Sponsors include: Rasmussen College, Minnesota State University – Mankato, Crystal Valley Cooperative, South Central Perkins Consortium, Bolton & Menk, and South Central Workforce Council.

A Thanks-GIVING Workout

The following is a guest blog post submitted by Greater Mankato Growth member, Profile by Sanford. The blog post is about giving back to the community this Thanksgiving.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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Indigenous People’s Day: October 14, 2019

The following is a guest blog post authored by Diane Dobitz and Briana Baker who are members of the Mankato Indigenous Peoples Day Committee. Their post is a continuation of Scot Zellmer’s post “On Being A Successful Business in an Ever Changing World” and speaks to the importance of commemorating Indigenous Peoples Day on October 14th, 2019.

Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

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2019 Mankato Job Fair

downloadLooking for a job? Need to make a new hire? In partnership with CareerForce (formerly the Mankato Workforce Center), JobsHQ is putting on the 2019 Mankato Job Fair on September 12, 2019 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at the Mankato Armory.

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Green Energy Program for Greater Mankato Businesses

bigstock-Smart-home-digital-thermostat-278305303-e1550615247774The following article was submitted by Rob Friend of Energy Smart which is part of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, a GMG member. He writes about how to reduce energy usage within your business and the benefits of doing so. Are you part of a Greater Mankato member business and have an interest in writing a guest blog for us? Send 500-800 words to media@greatermankato.com or reach out to Greater Mankato Growth with further questions.

Energy Smart, a program of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, will be conducting no cost energy consultations for Mankato area businesses in the months of September and October. The consultation identifies no cost, low cost, and investment-level energy efficiency opportunities to lower the utility bill.

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On Being a Successful Business in an Everchanging World

bison.jpgThe following is a guest blog post authored by Scot Zellmer. Scot is one of the organizers that worked on behalf of adoption and recognition by the City of Mankato of Indigenous Peoples Day. His post speaks to the importance of ensuring our community adopts a “wide range of inclusive and affirming business practices” in order to attract and retain the talent we’ll need to fuel our economy. Read More

On Wednesday, Nov. 7th (8:30 – 10:00 am) the Mankato Chapter of One Million Cups will be celebrating its one year anniversary. This is a free event focused on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Workshop

EV-chargingWith the rising interest in electric vehicles, is your business or property ready to accommodate this audience?

An event will be held on Monday June 25, 1 – 3:30 pm at The AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center (240 Stadium Rd, Mankato) to help businesses, community partners, and residents learn more about personal electric vehicles (PEVs) and their infrastructure. Read More

Video: Watch an Entrepreneur pitch their Business in Mankato

One million cups dec 2017 Fingerprint WoodworkGreater Mankato Growth serves as a key organizer for the local chapter of One Million Cups.  Every month 50 – 80 attendees pack the Minnesota State University, Mankato Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Old Town Mankato to hear an entrepreneur’s vision. Read More