Celebrate Regional Business Excellence at the Entrepreneur Fund’s Inaugural Distinction Awards

Entrepreneur Fund

September 14, 2023

You’re invited to the Entrepreneur Fund’s inaugural Distinction Awards to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the regional businesses that exemplify business excellence and drive our regional economic growth.

Join us Wednesday, October 25, 2023, from 4-9 p.m., as we transform the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s Paulucci Hall into this one-of-a-kind event showcasing the diverse range of businesses that make our 29-county service area of Central Minnesota, Northeastern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin, a vibrant, thriving, and prosperous region.

From Little Falls, MN, to Superior, WI, manufacturing to hospitality, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to hear from honorees as they share their entrepreneurial stories. As you navigate through these Behind-the-Business Sessions, each story offers an intimate glimpse into best practices unique to each award winner. Following the sessions, delight in a curated selection of regional food and beverages crafted with passion by visionary entrepreneurs.

Designed with our attendee in mind, thoughtful networking opportunities will be available throughout the evening. Then at the end of the night, come together as we recognize the achievements of our awardees, celebrate their contributions to our regional economy, and toast to a brighter and more prosperous future.

“Small business owners make our communities vibrant and our regional economy resilient. The Distinction Awards recognize those businesses that stand out for business excellence and for their contributions to our region,” said Shawn Wellnitz, Entrepreneur Fund CEO and President. “At the Entrepreneur Fund, we believe it’s important to celebrate and amplify the positive impact these businesses have in our regional economy.”

The Distinction Awards is open to the public and welcomes local business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, community leaders and economic development partners who contribute to the success of businesses in our region.

Tickets are on sale now. We’ll see you on October 25th!

Schedule of Events

  • 4:00 PM – Registration
  • 4:30 PM – Behind-the-Business Sessions begin
  • 6:00 PM – Regional Flavors Showcase begins
  • 7:00 PM – Awards Ceremony
  • After-party to follow Awards Ceremony

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