Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Northland FlavorTM offers new wholesale opportunity to regional artists

The Northeast Entrepreneur Fund will host a two-day Northland FlavorTM Marketplace March 7-8 (Sunday and Monday) in downtown Duluth at the Holiday Inn Conference Center . The event will allow regional artists to display their products to retail outlets such as gift shops, bookstores, floral shops, and galleries.

Eligible artists will be provided a draped exhibit table to their display their reproducible product lines to event visitors. This is a wholesale opportunity, not a retail event. Artists and retailers must register before the event by contacting the event organizer.

A new program of the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Northland Flavor will help artists throughout northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin blend their artistic talents with entrepreneurship. The goal of the program is to help local artists find new local markets and maximize their earning potential.

Participants at Northland Flavor Marketplace will include but are not limited to: high-quality crafters, visual artists, sculptors, potters, jewelry makers, photographers, musicians, writers, and specialty food producers. NEF is offering sessions to help artists prepare for the Northland Flavor marketplace.

To apply for the Northland Flavor Marketplace, or to register for one or more of the preparatory sessions, go to For more information on Northland Flavor, contact Suzanne Semborski, suzannes AT, 218-623-5729.

About the Northeast Entrepreneur Fund
The Northeast Entrepreneur Fund helps people start and grow successful small businesses. It provides training, consulting and financing to emerging and small businesses in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin .
Since 1989, NEF has helped start, stabilize or expand more than 1,000 businesses; helped create or retain nearly 3,000 jobs; provided $9 million in loans to nearly 500 businesses; and served 10,000 people through its training, consulting and lending programs. More than 85% of business owners who receive assistance from NEF are still in business two years later. To learn more, visit
The Greenstone Group, a 10-year initiative of NEF, seeks to foster a regional culture of entrepreneurship. It supports entrepreneurs through business performance coaching, access to professional services, and training, mentoring and networking opportunities. It also sponsors a campus entrepreneurship initiative with eight regional community colleges. To learn more, visit