The Connected Commerce Council (3C) is pleased to host Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Minneapolis Downtown Council for a webinar to discuss the importance of technology platforms and digital tools for empowering minority-owned businesses and sparking community revival in the Twin Cities. The event will highlight the value of growth in the technology sector in further situating Minnesota as a nationwide leader in innovation, while also focusing on the importance of digital platforms in supporting small businesses – particularly those operated by Black and Hispanic business owners.

Following keynote remarks from Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, the conversation will cover the innovation driving growth and recovery in the Triangle area, the digital infrastructure supporting the Twin Cities’ minority small business community, and how policymakers can support this community through recovery.

The significance of digital tools amidst the pandemic has been underscored by a recent study confirming the existence of a “Digital Safety Net” that has enabled many small businesses to survive and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19 – in some cases, becoming stronger and more agile in the process.

This event is open to the public.

Date: Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT

YouTube Live information will be provided after registration.

Keynote Speaker: Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter

Organizational Panelists:

  • Abel Lubbertyn, Chairman of the Board, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Steve Cramer, President & CEO, Minneapolis Downtown Council
Thursday, April 15, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CT