Start-Up Saint Paul

Colleen McGuire
by Colleen McGuire | Feb 22, 2013
| 3 Comments

Summary:

With $1 million pushed into Saint Paul's economy, we could build a better Saint Paul, create jobs and provide valuable services to neighborhood businesses and artists to help them flourish. "Start-Up Saint Paul" would insert start-up companies into Saint Paul. The start-ups would place willing entrepreneur's into leadership positions to lead start-ups, recruit Saint Paul college graduates, possibly make the start-ups non-profits for more flexibility or provide tax breaks for all start-ups. The start-ups would provide free services to interested Saint Paul businesses for two years - however - they would need to recruit new business to stay viable (possibly a 70/30 model).

My idea is to have three start-ups:
1. Marketing and digital start-up would help small businesses and artists in Saint Paul by offering to create marketing campaigns, advertise their studios or businesses, handle social media, and teach them how to think creativity to help business grow through marketing.
2. Tech start-up would build websites for small businesses and artists, as well as teach them how to maintain the sites on their own.
3. Mobile start-up would create mobile and web-based apps to connect Saint Paul small businesses and artists to their community and the rest of the Twin Cities.

With the new partnership between Google and CoCo Minneapolis, we could tap resources, brain power and networking opportunities at CoCo Saint Paul to kickstart the start-ups.

If Saint Paul is going to continue to flourish, this grant could provide tools to help many levels of need across the entire city.

About You

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About You

First Name

Colleen

Last Name

McGuire

City

Saint Paul

County

Ramsey County

Country

United States, MN, Ramsey County

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How did you hear about the Forever Saint Paul Challenge?

Lowertown Landing, Union Depot, Ta-Coumba Aiken

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United States

Your idea

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Title of your idea

Start-Up Saint Paul

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

With $1 million pushed into Saint Paul's economy, we could build a better Saint Paul, create jobs and provide valuable services to neighborhood businesses and artists to help them flourish. "Start-Up Saint Paul" would insert start-up companies into Saint Paul. The start-ups would place willing entrepreneur's into leadership positions to lead start-ups, recruit Saint Paul college graduates, possibly make the start-ups non-profits for more flexibility or provide tax breaks for all start-ups. The start-ups would provide free services to interested Saint Paul businesses for two years - however - they would need to recruit new business to stay viable (possibly a 70/30 model).
My idea is to have three start-ups:
1. Marketing and digital start-up would help small businesses and artists in Saint Paul by offering to create marketing campaigns, advertise their studios or businesses, handle social media, and teach them how to think creativity to help business grow through marketing.
2. Tech start-up would build websites for small businesses and artists, as well as teach them how to maintain the sites on their own.
3. Mobile start-up would create mobile and web-based apps to connect Saint Paul small businesses and artists to their community and the rest of the Twin Cities.
With the new partnership between Google and CoCo Minneapolis, we could tap resources, brain power and networking opportunities at CoCo Saint Paul to kickstart the start-ups.
If Saint Paul is going to continue to flourish, this grant could provide tools to help many levels of need across the entire city.

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Innovation

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

I do not believe there are currently any companies helping businesses and artists market and grow their business for free.

Impact

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

If an artist and small business owner is taught how to market, given a website to promote their products, shown how to handle social media and engage customers properly, offered the opportunity to have a mobile app that drives potential customers to their business, the business wins, the start-up employing people wins, the community of Saint Paul wins.

Sustainability

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

My idea will create community because groups of like-minded people will be progressing towards the same goal - growing business and making Saint Paul a destination place BECAUSE marketing, tech and mobile drove potential customers to the city in search of goods and services.

Feed Children said: This site helps us to communicate with each other and to share thoughts easily. - Feed The Children about this Competition Entry. - 294 days ago read more >
Colleen McGuire said: I would say this is a case of great minds thinking alike! Wonderful to here you are on the same page, and I can't wait to hear about ... about this Competition Entry. - 564 days ago read more >

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Mark Haugen said: I am tracking with you Colleen. In fact, just started something along the same lines using the same name. My email is ... about this Competition Entry. - 573 days ago read more >

Colleen McGuire updated this Competition Entry. - 576 days ago

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