#TBT Brunch & Panel Discussion in partnership with The Riveter Minneapolis

Hope James (BMBBMC Founder on your left),  Teresa Esler ( The Riveter community leader in the middle) & Brianna Carey (BMBBMC event co-coordinator on the right)
Black Bloggers & Creatives (BMBBMC) hosted Brunch & Panel Discussion in Minneapolis on September 28th 2019. This event was sponsored by The Riveter Minneapolis, a perfect space for co-working and hosting [your NEXT] events in Minneapolis.

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Guests arriving

Guests in the queue for Brunch Buffet @ The Riveter Minneapolis 
Brunch @ The Riveter Minneapolis

About The Riveter MPLS

Brianna C., BMBBMC Event Coordinator & Lisa, BMBBMC Event Sales Rep
We were happy to have partnered up with The Riveter MPLS, with the help of the community leader Teresa Esler and event coordinator, Jamie FischerThe Riveter is a national membership network of community, content, resources and co-working spaces, built by women for everyone. The Riveter Minneapolis space was uniquely built to meet the needs of the community, home to 15 Fortune 500 companies and one of the fastest growing entrepreneurial scenes in the Midwest. The Riveter MPLS offer space for individuals and entrepreneurs just starting out, as well as larger office spaces for startups.


All guests received a Riveter Tote bag that contained a free day pass, Riveter brochures and other items 

1. What is "The Riveter"?
Answer: The Riveter is a national membership network focused on equity of opportunity for all. We offer community, content, resources and co-working spaces, built by women for everyone. 
2. How did it begin?
Answer: Amy Nelson, CEO and founder, left her career as a lawyer to start her own business just after having her second daughter. While preparing to launch her own business she ended up at co-working spaces and found
that a majority of them felt overly masculine and didn’t provide the tools
and connections she wanted and needed. She created The Riveter to offer a space with women in mind first, but that is devoutly inclusive of all from day one. 
3. Why did The Riveter choose to expand in Minneapolis? 
Answer: Minnesota was a key location when identifying what states we wanted in our national expansion plan. We chose Minneapolis because we know that it has a thriving startup community and is a growing hub for female founders and entrepreneurs. We’re so honored to be part of this amazing network of individuals and are thrilled to finally be opening our doors to the public here. 
4. How can people become members of The Riveter? 
Christian Miller, BMBBMC event Photographer

Answer: Becoming a member is easy. We have various membership options, which you can learn about by visiting our local Edina location or visiting our website theriveter.co.

5. What are the benefits of being a member at The Riveter? 
Answer: We offer a variety of benefits including flexible membership programs, private or open-concept work spaces, a mother’s room, programming and workshops with expert speakers, 24-hour access and more. 

Andre  (Ig: @dreskii_live),
 BMBBMC Event Personnel

6. What differentiates The Riveter from other co-working spaces

Answer: We are built with inclusivity at our core and see a world in which equity of opportunity in work and business is not a promise, but is a reality—and that’s core to what we’re building. We’re committed to providing best-in-class professional and personal development programming, world-class events, robust membership, and collaborative workspaces to help everyone accelerate their companies, their careers and their lives.

The Food & Drinks

The BMBBMC Brunch Food  meals were homemade by Hope James and Gigi Gorpu, Pancakes was sponsored by Perkins and Drinks was mixed by Brianna Carey.

Food Menu : Jollof Rice, Fried Eggs, Baked Bread, Fried Plantains, Cooked yam with garnished broccoli, Cupcakes from Sams Club, Vegetables (Greens),  Grilled meat and chicken, and salad.

Drinks: Water, Orange Juice, Mimosa and others.

The Brunch & The people

The Brunch setting was amazing and all our attendees enjoyed their meals and drinks. Some people even went home with some leftovers. It was an opportunity to introduce  Krishawna Blessed Campaign to the audience during brunch time. Food and Music is a perfect MIX for any event! Do you concur?

 Krishawna #Blessed Campaign

PRESS : Minnesota Spokesman -Recorder

Tiffany Johnson, a contributing writer from Minnesota Spokesman Recorder News coordinated the interview section. Read full article at Linking businesses with black creativity .

Moderator & The Panelists

Edgard-Pepin Konde, Entrepreneur

Karl Benson,
President of MN Black Chambers of Commerce

Honorary Jackson K. George, Jr
Liberian Consulate & President of Strategic Africa



 Cearah Hamilton
KMOJ FM Radio Personality



The Panelist Discussion

Increasing The Visibility For Black Creatives, Entrepreneurs & Black Owned Businesses
Our guest were amazed by the unique panelists and what they had to say concerning the topic. The discussion was focused on how to increase black visibility in different industries in Minnesota. 
The goal of  the Black Minnesota Chambers is to connect black businesses in Minnesota to the resources they need to take their businesses to the next level. -Karl Benson
Some people think you need money to start a business. No ! You need an idea, because once you have an idea you can focus on it and have a commitment. And there is something called the Law of attraction. If you believe in it, you love it, you work it, it will attract the people to help you do what you need done.  That is why I focus on, you sleep with it, you get up with it  and you leave with it.  With the Law of Attraction, you will attract the people that will help you move on! -Honorary Jackson K. George, Jr.

When Black People were forced to come here against our will and stripped of our culture, we had to create a culture. That's the most creative thing ever. -Cearah Hamilton
 When I started my business, I had to make sacrifice and adjust my lifestyle to fund my business to success. -Kimberly Holifield
Entrepreneurship is hard but I have to take a look at my WHY everyday.- Nazsare English


To Rent The Riveter Minneapolis

Contact Jamie Fischer  Events Manager
Phone: 612.910.2627 | Email : jamie.fischer@theriveter.co

Written by Hope James
Videographers : Hope James & Bennie Randle
Video edited by Hope James
Photographers : Augustus, Christine Miller, & Joci

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