Minnesota State University Moorhead and the Small Business Development Center, along with US Bank, will host a Women’s Business Seminar on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the university’s Comstock Memorial Union Ballroom.

Keynote speaker will be Jill Blashack Strahan, founder and CEO of Tastefully Simple. In 1995 she started the company in a 1,200-square-foot shed with no running water, using a pool table as a packing station.jillphoto_1

Just three years into the business, her life turned upside down with the death of her brother, then her husband just a few months later. She developed a new appreciation for life and continued to push herself and the business, propelling Tastefully Simple into a $140 million-plus, award-winning company in the Inc. 500 Hall of Fame. (Learn more at www.tastefullysimple.com.)

Recent leadership awards include the Minneapolis/St. Paul Women in Business Industry Leader Honoree; Minnesota Entrepreneurs, Inc. Entrepreneur of the Year; Twin Cities Business Hall of Fame; and Inc. magazine’s list of CEO All-Stars, among others.

The seminar also features presentations on “Structuring Your Business” with Bart McIlonie, Tax Law Office; “Financing Your Business” with Valerie Benson, US Bank; and a roundtable discussion with Shanna Lee, Shannalee, Inc.; Jessica Hoppe, US Bank; Candace Dietz, Preference Personnel; Krista Andrews, Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson; and Angie Stock, Widmer Roel CPAs.

Blashack Strahan speaks on “Entrepreneurship” at 12:15 p.m.

Admission is free but space is limited to the first 150 guests. For more information or to register, contact MSUM’s Small Business Development Center at 218-477-2289 or seifertj@mnstate.edu.