2019-09-11 23:03:45

St. Louis Park resident Kimberly Hanlon has again led a key role in organizing the Minnesota Women’s Small Business Expo, which will be 2-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at the PAIKKA event space, 550 Vandalia St., No. 165 in St. Paul.

The expo will feature a lineup of speakers and vendors who will provide content relevant for small businesses.

When Hanlon and Sommer Spector Angstman, cofounders of Minneapolis-based Lucere Legal, attended other women-in-business oriented events in the past, they said they felt frustrated that the resources offered focused more on fashion accessories and less on providing resources to run and grow a business.

“Don’t get me wrong; I love handbags,” said Hanlon, who worked in the fashion design industry before entering the legal profession. “But when I’m looking to make my business work, I don’t need to go shopping. I need to connect with the right people and services to help me with my business.”

That experience provided the inspiration behind their launch last year of The Minnesota Women’s Small Business Expo. This year’s event is aimed at building upon the inaugural event.

The expo will feature exhibitors who specialize in such areas as bookkeeping, small business financial planning, business coaching, lock and key services, marketing and insurance. Representatives from the Twin Cities chapters of SCORE and the Small Business Administration will also be available.

“We’re lucky that the Twin Cities area is home to many great authors and consultants who are also great public speakers,” Hanlon said. “We’ve been able to tap our network to bring dynamic people who bring valuable content to the table.”

Topics at the expo will range from the practical and tactical to the inspirational and motivational.

The lineup of speakers includes a keynote address by Ursula Mentjes, an author, entrepreneur and sales expert. Mentjes will sign copies of her latest book, “The Belief Zone.”

To register for the event and for more information, visit mnwomenssmallbusinessexpo.com.

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