Southern Minnesota Economic Summit

Thank you to all who attended the inaugural Southern Minnesota Economic Summit! 





Southern Minnesota’s Local Summit for business and economic stakeholders. Held April 29 - 30 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Come and connect with business leaders, economic experts, valuable regional resources and industry specialists. Keynote addresses will include expert economists as well as a panel of business leaders with a wide range of experiences from diverse industry sectors. Breakout sessions will appeal to the seasoned business owner as well as the emerging entrepreneur. Attendees may choose several different Breakout Sessions along different Tracks, or follow one Track throughout the summit that is most appealing to them. Pre-registration for Tracks and Breakout Sessions is not needed. This is a must attend event for everyone interested in connecting to resources or expanding their professional network. To make this event possible, we have invited Chambers across southern Minnesota to participate and the chance to offer their members a discounted rate!




  • Over 70 speakers including national experts, local business owners, economists, and resource providers

  • Keynote presenters from the U.S. Department of Commerce, University of Minnesota, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Executives from southern Minnesota businesses, and Nead Inspiration

  • Southern Minnesota Business Showcase - Regional networking opportunity which includes business booth expo, designer lounge spaces, and food & drink

  • Entrepreneurial Bridge - provides entrepreneurs (from the novice to the seasoned) with practical resources for building financial support, education, and partnerships.

  • BizPitch - a forum for entrepreneurs and those in early stage business, to present their ideas and concepts to a panel of business leaders to get instant and constructive feedback. 

  • 3 meals - lunch day 1, breakfast day 2, lunch day 2








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Partnering Chamber of Commerce

Albert Lea - Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce
Blue Earth Area Chamber of Commerce
Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce
New Ulm Area Chamber of Commerce
Red Wing Area Chamber of Commerce
Saint Peter Chamber of Commerce
Sleepy Eye Area Chamber of Commerce
Waseca Area Chamber of Commerce
Winona Area Chamber of Commerce



  • 4.0 Bus Company
  • Abdo Eick and Meyers
  • AGCO
  • Angel PolleNation
  • Angie's Kettlecorn
  • Condux International
  • Dotson Company
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • Enterprise Minnesota
  • Enventis
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Faribault County Development Corporation
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Flexion
  • Gopher Angels Investors
  • Greater Mankato Growth
  • I&S Group
  • Lucky's Popcorn Dressing, LLC
  • Mill Creek Lifescience
  • Minnesota Department of Revenue
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Minnesota Trade Office
  • Najwa's Catering
  • Nead Inspiration
  • Performance Excellence Network
  • Prairie Holdings
  • Pub 500
  • Rebound Enterprises
  • Regional Center for Entrepreneurial
  • Roerig's Hardware
  • Schells Brewery
  • Schwan's Global Supply Chain, Inc.
  • Score Association
  • Small Business Administration’s Office
    of International Trade
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Sophia Group
  • South Central College
  • Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
  • Southwest Regional Development
  • Spectrum Aeromed
  • State of Minnesota Department of
    Employment and Economic Development
  • Tailwind Group
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • University of MN Rochester
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Windings Inc.