First Thursday Series Event at the Paseka School of Business

  • The Center for Entrepreneurial Studies presents:
    2016-2017 First Thursday Series

    The popular First Thursday forum continues this fall with program themes that promise to enlighten and energize students and guests with entrepreneurial ambitions. Be sure to put your name on the mailing list for First Thursday updates and reminders.

    Admission is free, but reservations are required.

    Contact: MSUM’s Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at to register to receive up-to-date programming notes.

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    The Art of the Startup | September 1, 2016

    4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (doors open at 3:30)
    Minnesota State University Moorhead | Langseth Hall Room 104

    Those seeking to start a business generally have a good sense of where they want to be, but lack the where-with-all to get there. Experts in the field will provide a variety of starting options for aspiring entrepreneurs and identify the often unforeseen pitfalls that lie in their path to success.

    Lindsay Breuler The Art of the Startup

    Lindsay Breuler
    As Emerging Prairie’s Event Coordinator, Lindsay Breuler brings added excitement and new ideas toward connecting and celebrating the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Fargo-Moorhead. After recently organizing the successful Drone Focus Conference in June and aiding in TEDxFargo, she has her sights set on the first annual CART Summit this September. This Ohio native has hit the ground running since arriving in Fargo including serving as an adjunct instructor at North Dakota State University, organizing the ND state 4-H equine contests and starting her own freelance grant services company.

    Michael Ryan Norton The Art of the Startup

    Michael Ryan Norton
    After nearly a year of exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating 27 Startup Weekend events across the U.S. and Canada, Michael Ryan Norton has found a home in the FM area. This past June he settled into the Fargo Startup House. The former San Diego and Seattle resident began connecting with the movers and shakers of local industry, government, and education. He has encouraged collaboration between budding entrepreneurs, established business relations with upstart organizations, and is working on several projects of his own, all within just a few short months.

    Social Media | October 6, 2016

    It is no secret that the kingdom of social media is prospering, but there are moles lurking in the shadows. This session keys in on learning to spy the Internet, profiting from collecting and analyzing the right information, and outmaneuvering the competition.

    Who are My Customers? | November 3, 2016

    Businesses fail for a number of reasons and nothing will kill a business quicker than failing to connect with the right customer at the start. Learn how to identify and define your primary customer base, the means to reaching them effectively, and maximizing profits.

    Building the Brand | February 2, 2017

    CEOs from around the country were recently asked to define “brand” and no two answers were alike. Our guest panel will seek to offer up a multidimensional view of branding that goes well beyond trademarks, logos, and slogans.

    I’m from the Government and I’m here to Help | March 2, 2017

    Yes, this old political line can still draw a chuckle, but we are going to hold them to it for at least this one hour. The fact is that politics and business have a centuries-old relationship based on the mutual interest of ensuring economic growth. Our “partners” will share with us some of the government’s existing programs and provide helpful tips to ensure the success of budding entrepreneurs.

    Cash is King | April 6, 2017

    There is only one saying for which all entrepreneurs unanimously agree, “Cash is King,” and an unlimited number of ideas on what best to do once you have it. Our expert panel will discuss why this fully liquid asset is important and how companies use it responsibly.


    First Thursday is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) at Minnesota State University Moorhead. CES offers a Minor in Entrepreneurship and is releasing a second minor in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, both specifically designed for the more than 5000 nonbusiness students at MSUM.