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The Minnow Bucket is an opportunity for student participating in the Certificate in Retail Operations program to present their business plans to a small group of outside experts for review and feedback. It is the culminating assignment for successful completion of that course of study. There are three or four people on each panel from the retail owner and retail support communities, one of whom is a financial person. The panels are set up based on the type and nature of the businesses represented by the students.

Minnow Bucket events are held with three objectives in mind.

  1. To provide students the opportunity for an outside, objective evaluation of their business and the premise(s) on which they plan to build them.
  2. To enable participants to participate in a “dry run” of presenting their business plans as they would in the “real world.”
  3. To give specific feedback that will be helpful to participants in adjusting or modifying their business plans.

The Minnow Bucket is coordinated by the Center for Retail Excellence, a program of the Retail Alliance Foundation.

Agenda

5.00pm – Mix ‘n Mingle (light refreshments)

5.15pm – 5 entrepeneurs present their business plan in front of four panelists and receive feedback

6.15pm – Break

6.30pm – 5 entrepeneurs present their business plan in front of four panelists and receive feedback

7.30pm – Presentation of certificates

8.00pm – Completion of event

Tickets

If you would like to support a family member or friend who is presenting, we’d love for you to join us. Or if you would like to support and encourage entrepreneurship in our region, you are more than welcome too. The tickets are free but we would like people to register so we can make sure we have enough seating, food and beverages.