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Join NEON for our 2021 Event Series which includes Community Conversation Version 2.0 and the Northside Live! reception, aimed at raising awareness about and funding for NEON’s programs designed to transform North Minneapolis by helping low to moderate income entrepreneurs build businesses and wealth.

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Community Conversations

Dates, Times, and Location to be Announced!

The NEON Community Conversation Series 2.0 follows a positive response from our 1st Community Conversation Series held in late 2020 and early 2021. These virtual events featured high-profile community and business leaders from Minneapolis including Attorney General and Head Prosecutor of the Derek Chauvin Trial, Keith Ellison, and President and CEO of the Federal Reserve, Neel Kashkari. Hundreds of business owners, philanthropic partners, government officials, and North Minneapolis neighbors listened in over Zoom for these 3 events.

Our new three-part series will feature foundation executives, BIPOC entrepreneurs, and legislative leaders who will dialogue about the intersections of philanthropy, social/racial justice, economic opportunity, government/public sector policy and their impacts on entrepreneurship. Through these hybrid in-person and live-streamed events, we aim to spark strategic discussion, initiate collaborations, and inform decision-making among NEON’s broad audience of stakeholders. Community Conversation Series 2.0 will focus on the following topics:

  • Government and/or public sector leaders sharing their policy objectives and support of small businesses and organizations like NEON who are working to provide access to financing, networks, and expertise for BIPOC-owned businesses.

  • A dialogue between local and national leaders in philanthropy discussing economic opportunity (and equity and justice) for Black & Brown and minority business leaders in the Twin Cities.

  • Successful Black entrepreneurs and best practices.

Northside Live!

The NEON Northside Live! reception in November 2021 is our annual reception and fundraiser bringing top donors and community partners together to celebrate, support, and learn more about NEON and our Grow & Thrive campaign.

Date: November 4, 2021

Time: 5:30 pm

Location: Minneapolis Event Center


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For more information about sponsorship opportunities please download the pdf using the link above or email Bev directly at

Thank you to our last round

Community Conversations Sponsors

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