Join us for the 2nd Annual SOAR Conference!
SOAR is a conference. It is also a mindset, an action plan and a community for women business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders in our region who are taking steps to make incredible things happen.
In its second year, the SOAR Conference has transitioned to a fully online experience to reimagine how we do business as businesses work to adapt, recover, and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19.
This year the SOAR Conference will include inspiring speakers, engaging panels, peer networking opportunities and actionable resources delivered over three days in manageable 2.5 hour time commitments. All registrants will have access to a catalog of resources and event recordings following the event.
AND – this year’s conference is completely free of charge!
A link and instructions to access the conference will be shared with all registered participants via email.
Day 1: Embracing An Entrepreneurial Money Mindset | Thursday, November 12 \
9:00 am Welcome and Keynote "Spark - Six Ways to Move Through the Fire" with Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple 10:30 am Local Entrepreneur Finance Panel Kim Ellingson, Bremer Bank | Adelle Starin, Baby's on Broadway | Andrea Stordahl, Minnesota Rust 11:30 am Breakout Sessions with Day 1 Panelists Connect with Day 1 panelists and fellow entrepreneurs
Day 2: Mompreneurship - Balancing Business and Family | Tuesday, November 17
1:00 pm Welcome and Keynote "From Mompreneur to $40 Million... Three Easy Steps to Make Your Business More Successful" with Sherry Deutschmann, BrainTrust 2:30 pm Local Entrepreneur Mompreneurship Panel ChaQuana McEntyre, Family Rise Together | Lori Peterson, Codavision Angela Stocke, Ang Stocke Coaching 3:30 pm Breakout Sessions with Panelists Connect with Day 2 panelists and fellow entrepreneurs
Day 3: Living Your Healthiest and Most Fulfilling Life | Thursday, November 19
8:15 am Virtual Yoga (Optional) Start your day with Ann Maxwell, co-owner of Yoga North 9:00 am Welcome and Keynote "A Mindful Approach to Building Resilience and Finding Harmony" with Dr. Debra Lindh, Mindful Effect 10:30 am Local Entrepreneur Health and Wellness Panel Kari Collett, A to Zinc Nutrition | Marcy Kernez, Eagles Nest Massage Therapy | Ann Maxwell, Yoga North 11:30 am Breakout Sessions with Panelists Connect with Day 3 panelists and fellow entrepreneurs
Can’t make all three live sessions live? Don’t worry! All registrants will have access to a catalog of the resources and event recordings beyond the event.
SOAR Box - All SOAR Boxes Have Been Claimed, But There's Still Time to Register!
Be one of the first 150 participants to register before October 15 to receive a SOAR Box directly to your doorstep. SOAR Boxes are packed with goodies from local businesses we know you deserve. Your mailing address must be within a Women Business Alliance county to receive a SOAR Box.
SOAR Boxes will include locally made goodies from:
- Mike & Jen’s Cocoa Mix
- Duluth Coffee Company
- L’Apothicaire Chocolat
- Tastefully Simple
- Crud Cloth
Jill Blashack Strahan, Tastefully Simple
Spark - Six Ways to Move Through the Fire
Jill will tell you first-hand how to move past your fears and persevere. Whatever fire you're facing, discover how to use those struggles positively and avoid getting caught in a downward spiral. Experience Jill's inspirational story of strength, hope and hardship - and learn how you can use those insights to create a spark.
Jill founded Tastefully Simple in 1995 with $36,000. Since then she’s used her vision, strategic thinking, ideation and communication skills to grow the company into a nationally known and loved brand.
Local Entrepreneur Panelists
Baby's on Broadway
Sherry Deutschmann, BrainTrust
From Mompreneur to $40 Million...
Learn how a single mom with only a high school education built a successful business by putting the needs of her employees first. You’ll hear how she balanced the needs of her own family while ensuring her employees could do the same, and how that helped her company grow to $40M, debt-free.
Sherry is a serial entrepreneur, author and passionate advocate for entrepreneurship. In 2019, she founded BrainTrust, a company dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs grow their businesses to $1 Million in annual revenue and beyond.
Local Entrepreneur Panelists
Dr. Debra Lindh, Mindful Effect
A Mindful Approach to Building Resilience and Finding Harmony
When things are in harmony, we are in a flow. While COVID-19 and new found challenges in our current work environment may present a framework for work-life-balance, there also exists underlying tension that’s like walking a tight-rope.
Local Entrepreneur Panelists
Win Prizes from Local Businesses Just By Attending!
If you join us for the SOAR Conference you will be automatically entered to win great prizes from these local businesses:
Thank You, SOAR Conference Supporters
This Conference is funded in part by the CARES Act through the U.S. Small Business Administration and is supported by the Entrepreneur Fund.
About the Central and North Women's Business Alliances
The 2nd Annual SOAR is hosted by the Central and North Women's Business Alliances, which are certified Women's Business Centers with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and hosted by the Entrepreneur Fund. The Women’s Business Alliance is a committed partner in business owners' growth and success, providing a powerful nexus for networking, capital, and strategic support. Whether you own an enterprise-level business or are preparing to expand or launch a new venture, the Alliance provides expert support for women entrepreneurs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. We have resources specific to women including advising and networking opportunities that support strategies for professional and business growth. We are a regional resource for women in business to expand leadership talents and capabilities. The WBA's also serve as regional leaders in supporting small business owners through the recovery and rebuilding efforts for COVID-19.
The Women’s Business Alliance is a program of the Entrepreneur Fund, funded in part through an agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Entrepreneur Fund does not discriminate in providing services to people based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, family status, physical or mental disabilities. Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and with limited English proficiency are available on request. Make a request at least 2 weeks in advance by contacting the Entrepreneur Fund at 218-623-5747 or email@example.com. The Entrepreneur Fund is an equal opportunity employer, lender and service provider.