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Business Forward Forum

Join us at the 9th Annual Business Forward Forum on December 3! The City is bringing together the business community virtually to discuss how Brooklyn Park responded to COVID-19, provide updates about development in the community, and a keynote from Deputy Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Commissioner Hamse Warfa.

Thursday, December 3
10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


On Thursday, December 3, the City of Brooklyn Park held it’s 9th annual Business Forward Forum. The event was held virtually for the first time. Here are the presentations and resources available to our local businesses:


Hear from city leaders on business and development updates and enjoy our keynote presentation from Hamse Warfa, Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development at the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

We will have two breakout sessions to choose from following our keynote presentation with engaging topics to help you grow your business

  • Credit repair and getting loan ready
  • Talent development, recruitment, and retention

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Breakout sessions

  • Breakout 1: Credit repair/getting loan ready. Speakers include Christy Morrell-Stinson of Brooklyn MIX Collective and Quoc Vo of the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD).
  • Breakout 2: Talent development, recruitment, and retention. Speakers include Rich Wessels, Project Manager for the Youth Skills Training Program, and Dan Solomon, Minnesota Dual-Training Pipeline Consultant, both at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

11:05 a.m.

  • Jeffrey Lunde, City of Brooklyn Park Mayor
  • Jay Stroebel, City of Brooklyn Park City Manager

11:20 – 11:50 a.m.

  • DEED Deputy Commissioner for Workforce Development Hamse Warfa on “How to respond to a changing economy”

11:50 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
City Updates

  • Development updates with Cindy Sherman, City of Brooklyn Park Planning Director
  • Business updates with Daniela Lorenz, City of Brooklyn Park Business Development Coordinator

12:15 p.m.
Prize drawings and closing

Join us online

Due to COVID-19, we have moved this year’s Business Forward Forum online and will continue to provide and engaging and entertaining experience.

We invite all local business owners, CEOs, CFOs, managers, real estate brokers and developers, and business community stakeholders to attend.


Hamse Warfa

Hamse Warfa

Deputy Commissioner
Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

Daniela Lorenz

Business Development Coordinator
City of Brooklyn Park

Cindy Sherman

Planning Director
City of Brooklyn Park

Jay Stroebel

City Manager
City of Brooklyn Park