Twin Cities Startup Week 2021 Twin Cities Startup Week 2021
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Building Back Local Economies - What Small Means

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Hayley Matthews-Jones
Minneapolis Craft Market, Founder

Hayley Matthews-Jones is from London, where market squares are a way of life. Her local market in Greenwich is a World Heritage site, hosting some of London’s most creative designers and makers every weekend.

Hayley received her Foundation in Art & Design from Central Saint Martins, and her BA in Silversmithing & Metalwork from Camberwell College of Arts (both colleges of University of the Arts London). While pursuing her degree, she coordinated fundraisers and art exhibitions, and her career as an event planner was born. She moved to Minneapolis in 2008, and in 2015 established Minneapolis Craft Market, and her event planning company, Vanishing Point Events.

Zoe Levin
Bim Bam Boo, CEO and Founder

Zoë Levin "The TP Queen" is the founder and CEO of Bim Bam Boo, a tree-free paper company on a mission to wipe away deforestation. They transform the fastest-growing plant in the world, bamboo, into powerful paper products that will turn you into a forest-saving superhero.

Bella (Nhi) Lam
Coconut Whisk, Founder

Bella (Nhi) Lam is the Founder and CEO of Coconut Whisk. A mission-driven vegan and gluten-free baking mix company that helps busy families create healthy indulgences. They offer mixes for pancakes, mug cakes, cookies and more. She recently opened a shop in downtown Minneapolis called Coconut Whisk Cafe.  Bella is a Mankato Alumni who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Community Health Education, a 2020 Aerie Change maker, 2021 Pink With Purpose Winner, Star Tribune Connect Grant Recipient and she's dedicated to using her unique experience as an immigrant, first-generation college student and business leader to inspire others to dream big and take action.

Audra Robinson
Rocky Robinson, Founder

Audra Robinson, founder of Rocky Robinson, a self-care brand for girls, was born a dreamer. After over 15 years of working in marketing in corporate America, often being “the only” in the room, she noticed that something was missing, a brand that was relevant and specifically made for Black girls.

Audra’s vision for Rocky is to create a brand that empowers girls, encouraging positive self-identity, good hygiene, and routine. We want girls to love the skin they are in.

Launched March 2020, Rocky Robinson was created to teach Black girls to love themselves from the inside out with personal care products including shower gel, lotion, and lip balm- and we have hand sanitizer too! Rocky was created because representation matters!

This session will explore and showcase the local economy while bringing in community leaders to discuss how to strengthen the Minnesota ecosystem of small businesses. At this event, attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the significance of small businesses, how some small businesses are doing big things, as well as how we can support startups and small businesses alike at the early stages of their work.