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Entrepreneurs' Rally XI

EO Minnesota, Traction Capital, and Hill Capital Corporation present the Entrepreneurs’ Rally XI on May 11, 2023 at JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America. The Rally, an annual event, is built by Entrepreneurs, for Entrepreneurs.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Hill Capital understands the entrepreneurial journey and was created to partner with business owners who align with our core values and want to grow their business.
What does that mean? We start by investing up to $1 million in growth-oriented companies without taking away the autonomy to run their business via an Equity Based Note. This structure is designed to take equity risk, maintain optionality for the business owner, and recognize that nobody understands a business and opportunity better than the founders.
We support each business owner on their journey by providing access to our network of experienced business professionals within the Empire Builders Community. We will be there every step of the way providing support, financial planning and analysis, and a team of individuals invested in your success to celebrate issues and create your legacy.
Want to chat with us?  Connect with us today via our website!

Traction Capital is a Minnesota Venture Capital and Private Equity firm comprised of successful business owners and entrepreneurs. As founders ourselves, we have made it our mission to give back. We are strong supporters of Minnesota’s startup ecosystem and are dedicated to growing businesses in Minnesota and neighboring states. At Traction Capital, we believe that startup funding goes beyond cash. We invest in early-stage and middle-market growth startups through both financial and “smart” capital. We give the businesses we work with access to a deep network of resources, including experts in their industry. This robust network is comprised of investors, entrepreneurs, our proven process and strategy sessions specialist, partners, consultants and other professionals.  

Special offers we would like to extend to Rally members: 30 minute consultation with Ellie or Peyton to hear business owners present their companies and give basic guidance

Platinum Sponsors

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Flagship Bank is dedicated to investing in our Minnesota entrepreneurs and small business community. We work closely with real estate investors, small business owners, and entrepreneurs at every stage. Whether you are building your business from the ground up, looking to take it to the next level, or pursuing acquisition entrepreneurship, we have creative financing options tailored to your needs. 

We know the challenges entrepreneurs face and are willing to work on solutions with you. Walk-ins welcome at all 6 locations!

Magnetic North develops and implements strategies for growth through Digital Marketing. We provide website design and development with a strong competency in eCommerce, leveraging WordPress, Magento and Shopify as our go-to platforms. We also provide retainer based marketing services such as SEO, PPC, Social Media, email marketing and video marketing. Integrated, multi-channel marketing campaigns are our favorite. We don’t lock clients into contracts, we work hard to win your business again each month.  You will see us live out our EOS values, which include integrity, transparency and building genuine, trusting relationships with clients and each other.

 Founded by entrepreneurs and built for entrepreneurs, Blue Sparq Marketing supercharges your growth trajectory with smart, strategic, and sensible marketing solutions that offer everything you need and nothing you don’t. We act as an extension of your team, working hard to get you from where you are today to where you want to be.

A custom strategic marketing blueprint and monthly services packages maximize your investment and focus on real deliverables and real results.  We’ll help you choose what you need today and adjust as your needs change.

You built the foundation, we’ll spark the fire. Together, we’ll ignite the path to your future and ongoing success.

Receive 10% off the first 3 months of marketing services when you join us prior to June 1, 2023.

Gold Sponsors

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Eide Bailly is a business advisory and accounting firm helping clients embrace the opportunities that change and innovation bring to the evolving business landscape and personal financial decisions. We offer our clients inspired ideas and solutions to tackle risk and spur growth.

Lathrop GPM’s more than 300 attorneys practice in 12 offices nationwide and provide the full spectrum of corporate legal services: business transactions, employment and employee benefits, environmental, intellectual property and litigation. Clients are at the heart of everything we do. At Lathrop GPM, we help businesses, organizations, and individuals grow and succeed. Our work helps them seize opportunities, solve problems and dominate market spaces. With deep industry experience in health care and life sciences, franchise and distribution, agribusiness, manufacturing, and higher education, our commitment is to long-term relationships, not just transactions. We want to lead the future of your legal services, together.

Choice Bank provides innovative financial solutions with a People First approach. We are a supportive team of trusted partners built around long-term customer relationships, well-rounded products and services, and authentic community banking. From banking to insurance and succession planning to employee benefits, Choice Bank is committed to investing in our communities and helping our customers grow.

Broughton Ward is a 16-member Private Wealth Management team headquartered in Minneapolis. With 175 years of combined experience and the resources of a global institution, we work with clients to help make portfolio management, wealth planning, and access to Bank of America banking easy, understandable, and gratifying.

Broughton Ward helps entrepreneurs and business owners balance their personal financial lives with their life’s work. Our skillset and dedication are essential in supporting the ongoing success of our clients. With client relationships dating back over five decades, the trust of our clients is at the forefront of all we do.

Taft is a modern, progressive firm and the trusted advisor to many successful clients and an employer of choice in each of our major markets. With more than 800 attorneys in eight primary Midwest markets and the District of Columbus, the firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including: Business, Bankruptcy and Restructuring, Energy, Environmental, Finance, Health and Life Sciences, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Litigation, Public Affairs, Private Client, Real Estate, and Tax.

Silver Sponsors

Teams by Beam provides businesses with affordable and convenient health care services via telemedicine to help keep their teams happy and healthy, whether they’re at work, at home, or on the road. We provide access to specialist consults without the wait, remote testing and interpretation, and more with a dedicated provider at the forefront of care.

Special offer for Rally attendees only:
FREE 30-minute consultation with our success team to learn how Teams by Beam can help save business control costs while attracting and retaining employees by focusing on their physical, mental, and preventative healthcare.

With a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet,” Fredrikson’s attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients and operate as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. Whether starting from scratch or building from $10mm to $20mm in the next 12 months, growing a business enterprise fast is hard. Whatever the challenge, the members of our Start Up & Rapid Growth Enterprises (SURGE) Group understand your needs and have a long history of working side-by-side with entrepreneurs from inception to exit by bringing creative and practical legal solutions to your team.

Ami Kassar of MultiFunding is a business strategist who speaks to business owners nationally on how to think about growth and the financing mechanisms needed to accomplish the growth they envision.

When clients work with MultiFunding they get the opportunity to discuss individual business growth hurdles and mechanisms to finance those with Ami and his team. This allows for a clear path forward with real opportunities to finance their future.

Discovery calls set our clients up for success, they are personal and thought provoking. We will be honest about your prospect for successful funding. We have national lending partners which gives our clients more options than their local bank. We have a niche in SBA lending.

John A. Knutson & Co., PLLP, (JAK + Co.®) is a Twin Cities-based accounting firm serving individuals and businesses throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest since 1925. As a mid-sized accounting firm, we’re large enough to offer the resources you need, yet small enough to deliver personalized service on every project. Our approach is based on a well-respected history of providing sound, insightful, tax accounting and consulting services to clients ranging in size from startup companies to multi-million dollar organizations. Because of our low staff turnover, many of our team members have been a part of JAK + Co. for decades, giving our clients the perspective and stability they need.

Non Profit Partners

The Area Partnership for Economic Expansion (APEX) is the private sector-led business development engine for northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. APEX investor-members represent influential companies that collaborate to promote sustainable region-wide economic growth. APEX’s attraction, expansion and retention efforts focus on areas including aviation, manufacturing, responsible mining, and next-generation forest products. APEX is also leading housing crisis solutions. Since 2003, APEX has impacted over 4,340 jobs in the region, resulting in an annual regional payroll of over $177.9 million and contributing to over $24.5 million in annual state and local taxes.

At the Schulze School, we teach students to use entrepreneurial skills to solve problems that matter and create value for others. Schulze is more than a school—it’s a hub of innovative thinking that engages students, seasoned entrepreneurs, small businesses, change makers and leaders. Innovators from all disciplines come to the Schulze School to explore new opportunities, make connections and turn their ideas into reality.

Founded in 1952, CFA Society Minnesota is one of the oldest chapters of the prestigious CFA Institute, issuer of the Chartered Financial Analyst® Designation. CFA Society Minnesota is the 24th largest society among the 160 member societies and affiliates worldwide. For over 70 years we have endeavored to play a vital role within the Upper Midwest investment community.

Mission: To advance professional excellence while promoting ethical behavior and fellowship through development and engagement opportunities for our members.

Vision: We envision a CFA Society of Minnesota that is highly valued, well respected, and widely recognized by investors, academia, and the business community in our region.

Gustavus is creating an entrepreneurial spirit for all students no matter what major they choose. Through our liberal arts focus and strong interdisciplinary programs, students gain critical thinking skills, excellent communication skills and a passion for innovation and problem solving. Experiential learning is a core component for students that includes working with start-ups and non-profits, internships and a robust mentor program. We want to help the next generation of entrepreneurs make their life count. If you’d like to help in this vision, contact Cathy Harms at [email protected].

The Entrepreneur Fund partners with entrepreneurs to grow successful businesses, thriving communities, and a diverse regional economy. For over 30 years, we have fostered entrepreneurship and grown small businesses that produce quality jobs and sustain their communities. As a nonprofit and certified community development institution, we provide capital and strategic advising support to small businesses across 29 counties and 10 Native nations in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 1989, we have assisted over 22,000 entrepreneurs, supported the creation and retention of over 15,000 jobs, and provided $141 million in small business loans to grow our region’s economy.  

Elevate HennepinSM brings together experts, tools, and programs thoughtfully designed to help new and established businesses gain their footing, plan for next steps, and expand upon their success.

Thanks to support from Hennepin County and partner cities, Elevate Hennepin brings a wealth of free advisors, programs, cohort learning, events, and more to small businesses.

It’s a hub for business advising and support, connecting business leaders to mentorship, education, low-barrier financing, and more. It’s where founders and entrepreneurs share knowledge and support. The only cost is the time you invest in growing your business. Learn more and connect today.