Discovery and Development Hub Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

EDITORIAL CONTACT
Taylor Okeson
tayloro@marvin.com
(218) 242-3824

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Discovery and Development Hub Celebrates 3rd Anniversary

Warroad, Minn. – February 20, 2020 – The Discovery and Development Hub, located at Lake Street Center in downtown Warroad, is celebrating their third anniversary with a week-long celebration on Monday, February 24 to Friday, February 28.
The event kicks off with the Communities Thrive Grant Award Celebration at 4PM in the newly named IDEA ROOM, formerly Suite D. Immediately after, guests can learn more about all of the exciting developments happening in Warroad at the Warroad Community Development, LLC open house at 5PM. Stop in on Tuesday at 4PM to learn about the Kidpreneur program by Dream Big, Inc. and the importance of introducing entrepreneurship at a young age. A few kidpreneurs will be on-site to talk about their projects and what they learned.

Start your day off with a bagel bar and digital marketing workshop at 8:15AM on Wednesday with Katie Pieper, owner of Sandpieper Design, Inc. Learn about what digital marketing entails and why your business should be doing it. On Thursday, marketing consultant Deb McGregor will be at the Hub leading an interactive branding workshop at 12:30PM. Advanced registration is required for these classes. $15 each or $25 for both. Email info@dd-hub.com to register.

The celebration will wrap-up on Friday with the grand door prize drawing. Be sure to stop by to enter to win and say hello to the DD HUB staff. Refreshments will be available all week.
In preparation for this celebration, the Hub has updated a few key items: exterior signage and their website. Check out their new Warroad Visitors Center and Idea Room signage and visit dd-hub.com to see an updated website that offers easy room reservation, entrepreneurial resources, and a newly added member portal for online networking between entrepreneurs.

For more information on the anniversary celebration activities or services provided by the DD Hub, please visit www.dd-hub.com or call 386-4818.

About the Discovery and Development Hub
The Discovery and Development Hub is a coworking space designed to foster collaboration and innovation for community, business, and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the Warroad area. The DD Hub includes three private offices, a conference room space and video conferencing, as well as table-top workspaces and “conversation corners.” It provides a variety of resources for people looking to start a business in the area or for current businesses looking for ways to expand. The Discovery and Development Hub is a space for networking, brainstorming, and sparking new ideas.

The DD Hub is also home to the Warroad Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Warroad Community Development, LLC, and Warroad Visitors Center. For more information about the Discovery and Development Hub, visit www.dd-hub.com or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Interested in booking your next event? Email info@dd-hub.com or call 218-386-4818.

3rd Anniversary Marketing Seminars

marketing seminars

WHAT IS DIGITAL MARKETING and why should my business be doing it?
Wednesday, February 26th @ 8:15am

In this session, you’ll learn tips and tricks to market your business through social media channels.
Hosted by Katie Pieper – Owner of Sandpieper Design

$15

Building your BRAND WORKSHOP
Thursday, February 27th @ 12:30pm

This interactive workshop will take you through an ideation process to enhance or create your own unique business identity.
Hosted by Deb McGregor – SBDC Marketing Consultant

$15

$25 to attend both events – advanced registration required by emailing info@dd-hub.com

News Release – November 18, 2019

The Warroad downtown district is essential to community vitality. It’s the heart of the City, has historical significance, and holds many memories for the generations of people who live here. Over time, some buildings along Main Avenue have aged, foreclosed, or building owners expressed their intentions to seek new opportunities.

Warroad Real Estate (WRE) – a subsidiary of Marvin – has signed purchase agreements to acquire some of the properties with intent to renovate them over time. With the energy around Warroad Community Development and entrepreneurship growth through services offered at the Discovery and Development Hub, the time is right to invest in the future of Warroad.

Some buildings represent historic Warroad, with at least one dating to 1914. All are in need of updates, new design elements, and charm to attract small businesses – existing or new – to rent or purchase in the future. Plans are in place to help existing tenants find new locations or set their future plans in motion. One business, Main Street Bar and Grill, will remain open until June 2020 before closing their doors, aligning with their intentions to seek new opportunities.

This is a long-term, philanthropic investment to enable entrepreneurship by creating retail/business space in the downtown district that is updated, modern, and practical for Warroad. The goal of Warroad Real Estate (WRE) is not to own or operate any retail business, but rather make the spaces tenant-ready for businesses to be operated by others. There is no set timeline established; however, planning is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

For over 100 years, Warroad remains home and headquarters for Marvin – a fourth generation family-owned and -operated company driven by a common purpose to imagine and create better ways of living. Marvin is proud to partner with Warroad community leaders to strive for and become known as an even more amazing place to live, work, and play.

For questions or more information, please contact Marvin’s community development director Brenda Baumann, located at the Discovery and Development Hub, by phone at 218.386.4148 or via email at info@dd-hub.com.

ABOUT THE DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT HUB

The Discovery and Development Hub, located at the Lake Street Center in Warroad, MN, is a coworking space designed to collaborate, ideate, and innovate for community, business, and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the community for its citizens and visitors of today and tomorrow.

Lunch & Learn with Former Duluth Mayor Don Ness

Don Ness

 

July 24, 2019 – Don Ness, former Mayor of Duluth will be in Warroad on Monday, August 5th to share his insight on how communities can us shared narratives strategies to encourage revitalization. This FREE event will be held at Allison Park Pavilion from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. A light lunch will be available. RSVPs are appreciated. All are welcome! 

During his final year in office, residents of Duluth gave Don a 92% approval rating, leading some to refer to him as “America’s most popular mayor”. Since leaving elected office, Don has actively promoted public service by writing books, teaching college students, and speaking to communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

Don is generously volunteering his time and energy to bring his positive message and community-based insights to Warroad. Don believes strongly in the importance of strong regional centers in rural America. His presentation will feature ideas, strategies, and tactics for communities building a positive, solution-minded culture. 

After learning of the community-building efforts here in Warroad, Don felt his presentation could be helpful. After reaching out to Warroad leaders to discuss the possibility, Don and his young family made plans to visit Warroad to make this presentation as part of their family vacation. 

“This opportunity is timed perfectly. It comes at a time where there is a planful effort underway to think about the vision for Warroad in partnership with the City and Warroad Community Development, LLC,” said Warroad mayor, Bob Marvin. 

About the Lunch and Learn Session 

Describing Our Community – the importance of shared narratives and common purpose 

“There is power and importance in the way that we describe our community. Every town has a constantly evolving story created through thousands of individual conversations. How do we talk about our town’s past, present, and future? How can we encourage authentic stories that inspire pride and optimism? How can we inspire folks to find a sense of purpose and identity in the success of their community? 

“We’ll explore the strategies and tactics that communities can use to encourage positive shared narratives. We’ll explore the traps and pitfalls that can frustrate and undercut community optimism. We’ll explore how fixing our most vexing public problems and addressing our biggest challenges can create the most powerful and impactful stories.” – Don Ness 

Reserve your spot today by calling 218.386.4148, email info@dd-hub.com, online at https://bit.ly/2M6YHPy or stop by the DD Hub between 8AM-5PM, Monday – Friday. 

 

DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT HUB CELEBRATES 2ND ANNIVERSARY

EDITORIAL CONTACT
Taylor Okeson
tayloro@marvin.com
(218) 242-3824

Discovery and Development Hub Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

Warroad, Minn. – February 19, 2019 – The Discovery and Development Hub, located at Lake Street Center in downtown Warroad, is celebrating their second anniversary on Thursday, February 28. The open house starts at 8 a.m. with coffee and refreshments available all day. At 3 p.m., the community is invited to hear from representatives of Lake of the Woods Brewing Company, who will be onsite to share their story with attendees in the new conference room, also known as Suite D. In addition, interesting stories and fun facts will be shared via the DD Hub’s social media channels on leading up to the 28th. 

“It’s been great to see the response from the community since we’ve opened,” said senior community development manager Brenda Baumann. “People are coming to the DD Hub with ideas for new businesses, seeking help with business plans, and searching for ways to strengthen existing businesses. In these instances, we often invite consultants from the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center (NWSBDC) to have private consultations, which are free for local entrepreneurs and businesses with a simple online registration.”

NWSBDC business consultant Grant Oppegaard has witnessed the increased use of the DD Hub first hand, sharing, “Before the Hub opened, there were only a few active clients from Warroad, and today, there are 25 active clients ranging from retail stores and consulting businesses to take-out restaurants and food trucks.”

For more information on the anniversary celebration activities or services provided by the DD Hub, please visit www.dd-hub.com or call 386-4818.

About the Discovery and Development Hub

The Discovery and Development Hub is a co-working space designed to foster collaboration and innovation for community, business, and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the Warroad area. The DD Hub includes three private offices, a conference room space and video conferencing, as well as table-top workspaces and “conversation corners.” It provides a variety of resources for people looking to start a business in the area or for current businesses looking for ways to expand. The Discovery and Development Hub is a space for networking, brainstorming, and sparking new ideas.

The DD Hub is also home to the Warroad Area Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information about the Discovery and Development Hub, visit www.dd-hub.com or check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Interested in booking your next event? Email info@dd-hub.com or call 218-386-4818.

DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT HUB HOSTS THIRD ENTREPRENEUR EXCHANGE FEATURING LAKE FAMILY DENTAL

MEDIA CONTACT

Brenda Baumann
(218) 386-4148
brendab@marvin.com

WARROAD, Minn. – January 11, 2018 – Discovery and Development Hub (DD Hub) is excited to announce Dr. Mark Thiele of Lake Family Dental as a featured guest at the third Entrepreneur Exchange on Wednesday, January 24 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in Suite D, the newly expanded space on Lake Street. After graduating from the University of Minnesota School Dentistry, Dr. Mark joined the family business in June 2015, as an associate dentist. He was deeply involved in the design and integration of state-of-the-art technology for the new dental clinic while ensuring a high-level of patient care, privacy and safety. Lake Family Dental opened their doors at the brand-new, high tech dental office in January 2017. Dr. Mark works alongside his father, Dr. Mike Thiele, and together are planning for a thoughtful generation transition in the coming years. Plan now to attend and learn more about how the Thiele family has grown their business, the use of cutting edge technology that is offered, and more about their journey in providing high quality dentistry services in our area. Entrepreneur Exchange is free and open to businesses and entrepreneurs who are interested in learning and networking among the local business community. A Gourmet Café’ lunch buffet will be served and beverages will be provided. RSVPs are appreciated by emailing info@dd-hub.com by January 23, 2018. For more information about Lake Family Dental, visit www.lakefamilydental.com. For more information about the Discovery and Development Hub, please call 218-386-4148 or visit www.DD-Hub.com. ###

About the Discovery and Development Hub
The Discovery and Development Hub, located at the Lake Street Center in Warroad, MN, is a co-working space designed to collaborate, ideate, and innovate for community, business and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the community for its citizens and visitors of today and tomorrow. Visit www.DD-Hub.com to learn more.

DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT HUB HOSTS SECOND ENTREPRENEUR EXCHANGE FEATURING LAKE COUNTRY CHEVROLET

MEDIA CONTACT

Brenda Baumann
(218) 386-4148
brendab@marvin.com

WARROAD, Minn. – September 29, 2017 – As part of the Discovery and Development Hub’s ongoing efforts to build upon community strengths and encourage collaboration among Warroad-area businesses, the second Entrepreneur Exchange will be hosted on Thursday, October 12 from12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Discovery and Development Hub. The event is open to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the area, and is free to attend. Attendees will be treated with a pizza lunch from Nomad Tavern.

The featured business is Lake Country Chevrolet. Now owned by Chris “Lumpy” Kvarnlov and his wife, Stacy, Lake Country recently transferred business ownership to the next generation, and will share experiences on preparations to own the business, the transition to new ownership, and lessons learned along the way. The dealership was previously owned by Chris’ father, Mike Kvarnlov, and uncle, Mark Johnson. Prior to that, it was Johnson Chevrolet. With a focus on repeat and referral business and an unwavering commitment to earning a customer for life, Lake Country has a long and rich history serving Warroad and the surrounding communities.

The Entrepreneur Exchange serves as an avenue for entrepreneurs, mentors and community members to gather together to educate, engage and connect. These events focus on a single business and include an introduction on the featured business, followed by the business sharing their journey and lessons learned, and conclude with a question and answer session.

To RSVP for the event, please call 218-386-4148 or email info@dd-hub.com.

For more information about Lake Country Chevrolet, visit www.lakecountrychev.com. For more information about the Discovery and Development Hub, please call 218-386-4148 or visit www.DD-Hub.com.

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About the Discovery and Development Hub
The Discovery and Development Hub, located at the Lake Street Center in Warroad, MN, is a co-working space designed to collaborate, ideate, and innovate for community, business and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the community for its citizens and visitors of today and tomorrow. Visit www.DD-Hub.com to learn more.

DISCOVERY AND DEVELOPMENT HUB HOSTS FIRST ENTREPRENEUR EXCHANGE: Northern Toboggan Co

MEDIA CONTACT

Brenda Baumann
(218) 386-4148
brendab@marvin.com

WARROAD, Minn. – March 20, 2017 – As part of the Discovery and Development Hub’s initiative to build upon community strengths and cultivate collaboration among area businesses, a first-of-its-kind Entrepreneur Exchange is being hosted on Thursday, March 30 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Discovery and Development Hub. The event is open to area small businesses and entrepreneurs, and is free to attend. Beverages will be provided and attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

The featured business for the first Entrepreneur Exchange is Northern Toboggan Co, which handcrafts some of the world’s finest wooden toboggans and sleds right here in northern Minnesota. Northern Toboggan Co recently transferred business ownership to the next generation, and they will share experiences and lessons learned after nearly one year as business owners.

The Entrepreneur Exchange is modeled after similar endeavors, such as the 1 Million Cups initiative in Fargo, ND, and Entrepreneurs Meet-up gatherings in Bemidji, Minn., where entrepreneurs, mentors and community members gather to educate, engage and connect. In Warroad, Entrepreneur Exchange events will focus on a single business while catering to the uniqueness of the community. The format will include an introduction on the featured business, followed by the business sharing their journey and lessons learned along the way. Exchanges will conclude with an audience question and answer session. The Discovery and Development Hub strives to serve as a connection point for sharing these stories.  The resulting exchange of information will spark ideas and open dialog among local businesses to strengthen the small business and entrepreneurial sectors within the Warroad-area.

The Discovery and Development Hub, located at the Lake Street Center in downtown Warroad, is a coworking space designed to foster collaboration and innovation for community, business and economic development opportunities. At its core, it is a place for people with a passion for our community to incubate ideas, network with area businesses, and find ways to enrich the vitality of Warroad. Now that the Discovery and Development Hub is open, community members can expect more initiatives like the Entrepreneur Exchange that create opportunities for area businesses and the community to collaborate and learn from each other.

For more information about Northern Toboggan Co, visit www.northerntoboggan.com, or view their recent feature on Minnesota Bound at www.mnbound.com/watch-mn-bound. For more information about the Discovery and Development Hub, please call 218-386-4818 or visit www.DD-Hub.com.

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About the Discovery and Development Hub
The Discovery and Development Hub, located at the Lake Street Center in Warroad, MN, is a coworking space designed to collaborate, ideate, and innovate for community, business and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the community for its citizens and visitors of today and tomorrow. Visit www.DD-Hub.com to learn more.

NEW COWORKING FACILITY TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

WARROAD, Minn. – Jan. 18, 2017 – In order to build upon the community’s strengths, a brand new kind of workspace is opening in Warroad: the Discovery and Development Hub (DD Hub). The Discovery and Development Hub is a coworking space designed to foster collaboration and innovation for community, business and economic development opportunities that will enrich the vitality of the Warroad area. Not only will the Discovery and Development Hub serve as a resource for the citizens and visitors of today, but also for the next generation—a modern and forward-thinking resource to ensure that Warroad is a vibrant, healthy and fun place to live and visit for future generations.

The new coworking space is located at Lake Street Center in downtown Warroad and includes three private offices, a conference room space and video conferencing, as well as table-top workspaces and “conversation corners.” The Discovery and Development Hub will also be home to the Marvin Community Development Office, the Warroad Area Chamber of Commerce and the Warroad Convention and Visitors Bureau. Collaboration and partnerships among these entities, as well as other community groups, are vital to maintaining a strong employment base, thriving tourism and a small business district that understands the importance of offering services and products that are right for its citizens and tourists.

“The Warroad community is filled with entrepreneurial spirit, resourcefulness and creativity. The new Discovery and Development Hub is a place for people with a passion for our community to incubate ideas, network with peers and mentors, and find more unique ways to make Warroad a desirable destination to live, work and play,” said Brenda Baumann, senior manager of community development for Marvin Windows and Doors. “I am eager to see how our community comes together to use this innovative space.”

Community leadership across Warroad recognizes the opportunity this new resource affords them. “The programs and initiatives currently offered through the City and the Warroad Port Authority will complement the community and economic development opportunities fostered by the Discovery and Development Hub. This is sure to be a wonderful resource for the community,” said City Administrator, Kathy Lovelace.

Warroad Area Chamber of Commerce President, Steve Hagen, noted the benefit for area businesses, “I’m most excited for the opportunity now available to the small business community in Warroad to collaborate to nurture and grow their businesses.”

The Warroad community is welcomed and invited to use the coworking space (private offices, conference room space and video conferencing) by reservation, while the table-top workspaces and conversation corners will be open on a first come, first served basis. A coffee bar and access to printing, scanning and copying are also available for those who use the space.

The cost for using the Discovery and Development Hub workspaces will begin with a suggested donation to the Warroad Area Community Endowment Fund, with membership rates to be considered as demand and usage grows.

For more information about the Discovery and Development Hub, please call 218-386-4818. A website for the coworking space is in development and will be live in the near future.