Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection

Entrepreneurship is a journey. #TREKon

We’re entrepreneurs fueled by coffee and conversation. We are focused on growing small business, strengthening the culture of entrepreneurship, and expanding the area economy.

Jana Martin, entrepreneur from Thief River Falls

Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection

Partners on your entrepreneurial journey. #TrekOn

Get “Kinnected”

Two Rivers Entrepreneur Kinnection (TREK) is a monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, mentors, advisors, and others to educate, engage, and “kinnect” entrepreneurs, modeled after the 1 Million Cups initiative founded by the Kauffman Foundation. Meeting Basics

Everyone is welcome! Meetings are generally the first Tuesday of each month, 9:00 am to 9:50 am. They 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. Our typical monthly meeting features a guest speaker, someone who is in startup mode or who recently started their business.  Q&A is an important part of each meeting. Occasionally, we will change things up with an outside presenter, panel presentation, or topic discussion. The one thing that will not change is our focus on entrepreneurship and desire to support area entrepreneurs.

Learn. Be inspired. Support area entrepreneurs. Strengthen our culture of entrepreneurship!

 

Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan Nelson, the 29-year-old owner of Northern Gun and Pawn, embarked on a journey that began in his middle school years working for a local scrap business. Over a span of 12 years, he buckled down and worked hard, hoping to eventually fulfill his dream of owning a business. However, a realization struck him in his final year at the scrapyard – he felt stagnant and unhappy.

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Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan’s Pawnshop Journey

Dylan Nelson, the 29-year-old owner of Northern Gun and Pawn, embarked on a journey that began in his middle school years working for a local scrap business. Over a span of 12 years, he buckled down and worked hard, hoping to eventually fulfill his dream of owning a business. However, a realization struck him in his final year at the scrapyard – he felt stagnant and unhappy.

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It Comes Down to Two Things

It Comes Down to Two Things

JC and Adina Castillon, owners of Genesis Lawn and Snow, are on a remarkable journey to grow a thriving family business in Thief River Falls, MN. Resilience and faith have helped them overcome serious health challenges and have contributed to the success they are seeing today. JC emphasizes the importance of unwavering focus on their vision, a principle they uphold daily. Their tenacity is transforming challenges into opportunities, creating a legacy of success for their family and community.

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April 2, 2024 TREK

April 2, 2024 TREK

Presenters Castillon and Nelson to Share Their Stories Attendees of the April 2, 2024 TREK will hear from JC and Adina Castillon, owners of Genesis Lawn and Snow, and Dylan Nelson, owner of Northern Gun and Pawn.   MORE ABOUT TREK We are entrepreneurs fueled by...

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Small Business Help From SCORE

SCORE has the largest network of free volunteer small business mentors in the nation. No matter what stage your business is at SCORE has a mentor for you. Easily request a mentor to help you start, grow, or transition your business today!

Financial Resources

There are several financial resources available, including a variety of loans and grants, as well as angel investment. Entrepreneurs needing financing are encouraged to contact Michelle Landsverk, Advance Thief River Director to discuss their project needs. 

#TRFStrong Facebook Group

The #TRFStrong Facebook group was created at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic to help business owners support and learn from each other. It is a “closed” group, meaning that anything shared on the page is only seen by other members. 

Our Partners

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
NoW Innovators Network

Advance Thief River

Mailing Address
PO Box 773

Thief River Falls, MN 56701

Office
By appointment only
Spark Hub

1412 3rd Street West
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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