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College of Design Presents

RETAIL CONNECT 2017: Entrepreneurship

10/26/17, 5:30 PM

About this event

Entrepreneurship: Risk and Growth in a Global Economy

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5:30-8:30 PM
5:30 PM Registration & Reception, 6:30 PM Program 
Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center 

FREE to Students/retail professionals/mentors – REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
Registration and details at z.umn.edu/retailconnect2017

Entrepreneurship has its risks and rewards, and the complexities of operating in a global marketplace have the potential to magnify both. If you’ve ever thought of starting your own business or are simply curious about what it takes to make it in today’s marketplace, you won’t want to miss this engaging panel discussion featuring the inspiring founders of three Minnesota-based start-ups, moderated by Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand and Communications Officer at Deluxe Corporation. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, opportunities for Q&A with the panelists, and ample time to network with industry professionals and University of Minnesota students.  Industry professionals, contact us about hosting a table at this event.

Featured panelists:
• Dale Nitschke (MBA ’97), Founder/CEO, Ovative Group
• Ben VandenWymelenberg (BS ’12 Architecture), Founder/CEO, Woodchuck
• Wesley Uthus (BS ’08 Apparel Design) and Michele Henry, Co-founders Primp cheap chic boutique

Retail Connect is presented by the University of Minnesota College of Design Retail Merchandising Program and Retail Merchandising Advisory Board in partnership with the College of Design Alumni Relations Office thanks to generous support from our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor:  Décor
Bronze Sponsors: Best Buy, Kohl’s,
Merchology, Urban Outfitters, and Design Student and Alumni Board with additional support from Deluxe.

Event Location
  • Memorial Hall, McNamara Alumni Center
  • 200 SE Oak St
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA