NoW Navigators

Our navigators are here to help you reach your goals.

Team Members

Meet our NoW Innovators Network Navigators! This team of seasoned business professionals has teamed up to help you find the resources you need to advance your business idea.

Brenda Baumann

Brenda Baumann

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Brenda is Director of the Discovery & Development Hub (DD Hub), igniting the entrepreneurial spirit and bringing the coworking concept to the northernmost tip of Minnesota. She has a passion to listen, learn and network to support new and existing businesses.

“I’m delighted to be a part of the NoW Network to bring more ideas, expertise and resources to current and future entrepreneurs in our area.”

Tiffany Fettig

Tiffany Fettig

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Tiffany is the Business Finance Manager for Greater Bemidji and the LaunchPad Co-working community. A leader in identifying finance solutions for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Tiffany works tirelessly to support great ideas and create opportunities for success.

“I am excited to be a part of the NoW Network, whick now provides entrepreneurs even more resources and expertise to tap into.”

Sharon James

Sharon James

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Sharon is Executive Director of 4 Directions Development. She has more than 30 years in business development and brings a diverse background in a wide variety of industries to share with new and existing entrepreneurs.  She has been serving the Red Lake Nation since 2012.

Justin Kaney

Justin Kaney

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

 As an Entrepreneur Navigator, Justin draws from his experience as a co-founder of Bemidji Brewing, and from working in product development to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in demystifying the steps to take an idea from concept to viable project to enterprise.

“There are many challenges that face an entrepreneur and NoW Innovators is a fantastic opportunity to remove unnecessary barriers through mentorship, network connection and resources.”

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Michelle Landsverk

Michelle Landsverk

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Michelle is President of Landsverk and Associates and serves as a NoW Innovators Network Navigator for the communities of Fosston and Thief River Falls. She is also a resource on angel investment for the entire Network.

“I love being part of the Network because, together, we can bring so much more expertise and resources to the entrepreneurs we serve.”

Kelly La Venture

Kelly La Venture

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Kelly is Director of Marketing Assistance and Research Solutions (MARS) for Bemidji State University. MARS provides entrepreneurs valuable information about feasibility, industry trends, competition, and consumers, to help inform decision-making.

“In the long run data-based decision making is important to spot market opportunities and reduce vulnerability. The NoW Network can provide support and help you stay ahead of the curve in this increasingly data-driven world.”

Paul Muller

Paul Muller

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Paul brings a wealth of marketing experience to Greater Bemidji and the LaunchPad Co-Working community. Strategic marketing that is rooted in data, along with relationship building, are the cornerstones of Paul’s expertise.

“Connecting the right person, with the right resource, at the right time, leads to success for entrepreneurs. Now, this network has expanded our community of support for you.”

Ryan Zemek

Ryan Zemek

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Ryan Zemek is the Economic Development Director for the Headwaters Regional Development Commission. Ryan’s primary role is creating and executing initiatives to drive growth in Northern Minnesota. Within this role, Ryan is the navigator for Lake of the Woods County.

“I am excited to be part of the Network.  By aligning resources and providing technical assistance to emerging entrepreneurs and industries we can unleash the innovation capacity of our Region.”

Mitchell Berg

Mitchell Berg

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Mitchell Berg is a Business Developement  Specialist at the Veden Center for Rural Economic Development at University of Minnesota Crookston.

Mary Thompson

Mary Thompson

NoW Innovators Network Navigator

Mary is the Executive Director of Heartland Lakes Development Commission.  She works with a variety of organizations to develop innovative approaches to respond to the various concerns entrepreneurs encounter.  Mary is also a SCORE mentor and serves as a NoW Innovators Network Navigator for Hubbard County.

“Being part of the network is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to connect to resources they need and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Contact Info

NoW Innovators Network is led by Greater Bemidji. Contact us for more information on the network and available resources.

102 1st St W
Bemidji, MN 56601

LaunchPad@GreaterBemidji.com

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