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About the City of Bloomington


Borne out of the post-WWII economic boom, the City of Bloomington now boasts 89,987 residents and a vibrant local economy. With more jobs per capita than either Minneapolis or Saint Paul, the city is home to the Mall of America and the headquarters of Ceridian, Donaldson Company, HealthPartners and Toro. Dozens of other companies host major business operations in Bloomington, including Pearson, General Dynamics, Seagate Technologies, Express Scripts and Dairy Queen.

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About Minneapolis Regional Chamber


The Minneapolis Regional Chamber is the largest and most diverse local business association in the MSP region. The Chamber is the region’s leading advocate to improve economy and quality of life.

We bring people and organizations together around issues that matter to our economic competitiveness, including workforce development, education, transit and housing. Through a unified voice, we convey the needs and priorities of our region to decision makers and urge action to constantly improve our standing.

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Our Inspiration - Hatch Detroit

Hatch Detroit was founded in 2011 by Nick Gorga, in partnership with Comerica Bank and TechTown, as a vehicle to champion and support independent small businesses throughout Detroit. The competition awards the winning pitch $100,000 and invests in a larger cohort of participants through additional funding opportunities, education, exposure and mentoring. Since 2011, over 50 Hatch alumni have opened storefronts and are responsible for over $13 million in economic investment throughout the City. In total, alumni businesses employ more than 500 people throughout the Detroit area.

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2023 Comerica Hatch Detroit contest winner, Bouncing Around The Motor City, an event planning and rental shop. Photo courtesy of Hatch Detroit.

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