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November 8, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
A notable female entrepreneur

KNOCK Inc. CEO Lili Hall has been named one of Ernst & Young LLP’s 2010 Entrepreneurial Winning Women —  an honor shared by 10 other women across the country.

Hall is only the second woman from Minnesota to receive the special recognition. She founded KNOCK, a branding, advertising and design firm on Glenwood Avenue, nine years ago.

“This is a great honor to be recognized along with some of the most accomplished and smart female entrepreneurs across the country,” Hall said. “I also share this with the agency staff since they have helped build KNOCK’s success.”

Hall is involved in every facet of her agency — a company that works with Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs in the retail world on branding campaigns.

Ernst & Young’s Winning Woman program, now in it third year, is working to promote the growth of women-led businesses.

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WomenVenture fall gala

WomenVenture — another organization dedicated to empowering women in business — is holding its 15th annual fall leadership event, “Investing for Impact,” on Nov. 12 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Actress and athlete Geena Davis is the keynote speaker lined up for the event, which is expected to attract 1,000 people.

“Funds raised at the fall leadership event will have a major impact on thousands of women, empowering WomenVenture to provide programs and services to develop meaningful careers, navigate job loss and changes, to start and grow small businesses, and to effectively manager their economic resources,” said WomenVenture President Deb Wilkens-Costello.

Early bird ticket prices for the event are $125. For more information, visit womenventure.org.

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‘Give to the Max’


This year’s “Give to the Max” Day is Nov 16 — a 24-hour online fundraising extravaganza for Minnesota nonprofits.

Organizers are hoping to get more than 40,000 donors to participate and log on to GiveMN.org — a collaborative venture working on transforming philanthropy in the state.

They also want to break last year’s fundraising effort, which had more than 38,000 donors pledging more than $14 million to 3,434 Minnesota nonprofits, according to a news release from GiveMN.org.

This year’s event includes some new incentives for people, including a $20,000 and $10,000 prize grant to the top two nonprofits in the Twin Cities and the top two in Greater Minnesota that attract the most individual donors. One donor will randomly be chosen each hour and given $1,000 to tack on to their contribution to a charity, too.

Give to the Max starts midnight Nov. 16. The Uptake will be doing a live stream “Give-a-thon” at theuptake.org.

For more information, go to givemn.razoo.com/p/gtmd2.

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Gorilla Yogis taking over Target Field

Move over Joe Mauer and make way for the Gorilla Yogis.

The popular yoga group, launched earlier this year by local yoga teachers Nan Gane Arundel and Jessica Rosenberg, will meet at Target Field for a yoga practice on Nov. 13 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. The yogis will practice indoors at the ballpark.

The Gorilla Yogis have organized yoga gatherings all over the city in offbeat places and raised money for several charitable causes. For more information, go to gorillayogis.com.

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MNfashion Holiday Bazaar

Northeast-based MNfashion is hosting its first Holiday Bazaar at its studio’s atrium in the Grain Belt studios Nov. 13.

The bazaar, open 11 a.m.–6 p.m., will feature more than 40 local artists and designers, including yoga-inspired clothing company Foat Design, Rox Jewelry, Nelle Handbags and boutiques Cliché and Drama.

“We’re so thrilled to bring shoppers a unique holiday shopping experience while helping to support our local retail and design communities,” said Maggie Steffen, MNfashion retail committee chair and board member.

MNfashion is at 79 13th Ave. NE. For more details on the event, go to mnfashion.org.