General John W. Vessey Jr. Chapter                                             Association of the United States Army                                                 We are a dedicated team of volunteers committed to supporting our troops and their families while continuing to be the best professional & representative association for the world’s best army.                                  

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Minnesota Cup Seeks and Rewards Breakthrough Business Ideas

The 10th annual Minnesota Cup, the largest statewide new venture competition, is accepting entries through May 9. Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, the competition seeks innovative ideas from Minnesota entrepreneurs, inventors and small businesses. Last year’s grand prize winner was Preceptis Medical, Inc., a med-tech developer of surgical tools for ear-tube procedures. Grand prize is $50,000, as well as $30,000 and professional services for winners in the following divisions:

  • Food, Agriculture & Beverage (new)
  • Energy, Clean Technology & Water
  • General
  • High Tech
  • Life Science & Health IT

Additionally, $20,000 will be awarded to winners in the Social Entrepreneurship and Student divisions.

Business Journal looking for Veteran companies- Help us expand the power of Veterans’ Voices

The Business Journal is looking to expand its database of Veteran Owned companies in Minnesota.  For years they had been only able to accumulate about 100 companies across the state of MN.

Please send an email to Tom Smith tsmith@bizjournals.com  at the Business Journal giving him:

  1. Your name
  2. Your email
  3. Your business name
  4. Your business address

Tom will respond back to you with an acknowledgement of your email and potentially an invitation to the Top 25 list.

As a gesture of support and good will, the Business Journal has offered a free 4 week digital subscription to their newspaper for all Veterans who respond to Tom.  That link is here:


Please do this quickly as the deadline for submissions is just a week away.