ADC and U.S. Bank Speed Business Coaching Night a Great Success

Through a generous sponsorship of U.S. Bank, African Development Center sponsored a night of Speed Business Coaching at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and was attended by several dozen prospective, new and existing business owners from the African immigrant and refugee community. The event provided entrepreneurs and business owners with access to business advice on many topics critical to small business success.

Entrepreneurialism is a smart way to develop economic sustainability and self-reliance within the African immigrant and refugee communities of Minnesota. Many within the community turn towards entrepreneurial efforts as a smart way to commoditize their talents and earn a livable income for their families. As members of the community growth their own business, they become opportunity and job creators, oftentimes hiring and creating more opportunities within their community.

Coaches sharing their expertise contributed greatly to the success of the event and included: Susan Beatty, Rene Madrid, and Jennifer Wendt of U.S.Bank, Scott Beers of Lottsa Financial Services, Millie Cardinal of The Office of Minnesota Secretary of State, Jake Ferraro, Ashley Hollenback and Alex Jones of ADP, Jillian Kornblatt of Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Leanne Selander and Suado Abdi from the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development division, Cathy McClaine of Cathy Connects, LLC, Deb McGahey of HR Options, LLC, Abdul Musoke of African Development Center, Monica Routman, Nolan Venkatrathnam of PC-AfterHours, and Cary Walksi of CoPilot Web Services. Presiding over the event was African Development Center’s Executive Director Nasibu Sareva and Vicki Shipley, Vice President, Government Relations and Community Development and West-Central Regional Community Development Manager of U.S. Bank.

Many participants brought in pre-planned questions and were able to have coaches address their specific needs. In many instances, casual conversations allowed coaches to recommend courses of action that would help avoid costly missteps and to recognize opportunities. Coaches were highly impressed with the ideas and capacity the entrepreneurs brought with them and are eager to follow the success of these men and women.

From left: Rene Madrid, U.S. Bank Vice President / South Minneapolis Branch Manager, Vicki Shipley, U.S.Bank Vice President Government Relations and Community Development West-Central Regional Community Development Manager, Nasibu Sareva, African Development Center Executive Director and Rochelle Gibbs, ADC’s Fund Development Manager