Entrepreneurship is a journey. #TrekOn
TREK is a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and others to inspire, educate, and support area entrepreneurs.
Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection
Partners on your entrepreneurial journey. #TrekOn
Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection (TREK) is a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and others to educate, engage, and “kinnect” entrepreneurs. It is modeled after the 1 Million Cups initiative founded by the Kauffman Foundation. Entrepreneur leaders in the Thief River Falls area have decided to build on the 1 Million Cups format but make it their own by catering to the uniqueness of this Northern Minnesota region.
Everyone is welcome! Meetings are open to anyone interested in hearing, supporting, and connecting with the area’s entrepreneurs. There are no attendance requirements or membership fees.
The gatherings are run by entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs.
Each month we will feature two presenters—one that has been in business for more than five years and one that is an emerging entrepreneur.
Presenters are encouraged to limit their presentation to 6 to 10 minutes to allow plenty of time for Q&A.
Refer to our Facebook and Instagram Pages for the up-coming schedule.
Meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month, 9:00 am to 9:50 am. Our first meeting (October 6) will be held via Zoom, but we plan to transition to face-to-face at some point in the future.
If you have questions about TREK, please contact Michelle Landsverk by calling 218-280-1755 or by sending an email.
A Note About COVID-19
TREK organizers have been planning for several months, well in advance of COVID-19. As of June 1, the executive order from Governor Walz allowed for the opening and operation of several types of businesses previously closed as a precautionary move.
Although our October 6 launch will be online, our plan is to move toward an in-person event as soon as feasible. Stay tuned!
October 6 TREK Launch
The TREK launch event was on October 6. Our presenters were Allie Enge, owner of The Shed, and Andrea Stordahl, owner of Minnesota Rust.
If you weren’t able to join us, you can watch a recording of the meeting on our YouTube channel, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for the next TREK on November 3!
TREK Presenter Application
Are you interested in being a presenter at an upcoming TREK meeting? Fill out the contact form below and one of our team members will get in touch with you.
More Entrepreneur Resources
Money Smart Training for Small Business
Sharpen your business management skills with Money Smart for Small Businesses training. This curriculum is designed for new or existing small business owners, and provides a practical introduction to many of the most important aspects of managing a business. There are 13 one-hour sessions in all. Each is a stand alone course, so businesses can register for individual topics.
There are several financial resources to help you along your entrepreneurial journey, including a variety of loans and grants, as well as angel investment. Each business is different, so there is no one size fits all approach to financing. Entrepreneurs needing financing are encouraged to contact Michelle Landsverk, Advance Thief River Director to discuss their project needs. More information about various resources may be found on the Resources page.
#TRFStrong Facebook Group
The #TRFStrong Facebook group was created at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s not about the virus. It’s about business owners supporting and learning from each other. It provides a venue to communicate, ask questions, and float ideas out there. It is a “closed” group, meaning that anything shared on the page is only seen by other members. If you would like to join the group, click the button below and request membership.
Advance Thief River
PO Box 773
Thief River Falls, MN 56701
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