'1 Million Cups' brings entrepreneurs together

Published: May. 3, 2018 at 11:26 AM CDT
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Local business owners have a new way to network with other area entrepreneurs.

The first meeting of "1 Million Cups" was held Wednesday morning at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

The national program started by the Kauffman Foundation has 174 local chapters and is based upon the idea that business owners discover solutions over a million cups of coffee.

Weekly meetings are planned, with a new speaker each week given the opportunity to speak about their business for six minutes, followed by a 25-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

The meetings are also livestreamed over the internet to give business owners outside the community the chance to see what is new and possibly invest in new businesses.

"Entrepreneurs support entrepreneurs and we have to have some place that we can have a meeting place and just to collaborate. It's really hard to schedule meetings with other entrepreneurs, but if we have the same place every week at the same time, it just allows us to build our community even faster and quicker," said event coordinator Melanie Torno.

Business owners looking to participate in the 1 Million Cups program can visit the website at