Local entrepreneurs and community advocates are being asked to tell Yankton what the community is missing during a special 1 Million Cups workshop July 27 at 9 a.m.
During this community-driven event, 1 Million Cups attendees will brainstorm or pitch the ideas they’ve already come up with on what types of businesses could bring growth to Yankton’s downtown area. Using blank chalkboards titled “I wish this was…”, attendees will have the opportunity to write what they believe would be the best fit in 12 currently-vacant buildings in downtown Yankton. Attendees will then pitch their ideas to the 1 Million Cups crowd.
These vacant properties will be showcased during Discover Downtown, held July 28-29. Discover Downtown is a two-day event sponsored by Onward Yankton that encourages visitors to shop, eat, drink, play and tour available downtown properties.
“We want to hear from everyone as a way to inspire ideas and growth in downtown Yankton,” said Kristen Hicks, marketing co-chair for Onward Yankton. “It could be a new health foods restaurant, an upcycled furniture store, a brewery, or something completely different. Participants will have the opportunity to share their thoughts in an interactive way, and start conversation about what new businesses could benefit Yankton’s community and help the downtown area really thrive.”
“If someone is interested in starting a business, but wants to get feedbacks and connections from the community, this would be the perfect opportunity for them.”
Tours of vacant and available buildings will be available from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on July 29. Visit Facebook.com/OnwardYankton for the complete tour schedule and contacts.
“We encourage those who love Yankton to come to this special workshop, and bring a friend too,” Hicks said. “The more ideas brought to the table, the better chance Yankton has at becoming the entrepreneurial hub of South Dakota.”
The workshop will also be broadcast live on Onward Yankton’s Facebook page. Those who can’t attend are encouraged to provide feedback via comments on the live video feed.
“The goal is to share the event with communities around us, with entrepreneurs looking for the right place to call home, with people in our community who want to do some great with their talents,” Hicks said.
Anyone interested in participating in this special 1 Million Cups event should meet at Gathering Grounds at 205 W. 3rd Street in downtown Yankton at 9 a.m. on July 27.