History

Social Media Breakfast (SMB) was born out of the early days of social media when blogging reigned supreme, Facebook was one interesting social network of a dozen, and Twitter’s lifespan was measured in months.  While interacting with SMB Founder Bryan Person, Rick Mahn (our founder), watched an interesting event take place… the first SMB.

When discussing the idea of bringing an SMB to the Twin Cities, Bryan suggested that Rick take the lead and organize one himself. That’s exactly what happened, and soon the 20 year Information Technology veteran became a community leader and event organizer. Talk about your career changes!

From its humble roots with only 18 people attending the initial SMBMSP meet up in February 2008 in Keys Cafe in downtown Minneapolis, we’ve grown to the largest SMB community in the world.  With over 2300 members and a growing series of social media oriented events, SMBMSP brings knowledgeable local thought leaders and social media practitioners to every discussion.

SMBMSP is where you’ll find the top Twin Cities social technology experts in fields as wide ranging as technology, marketing, human resources, public relations, community development, customer service, web development, and many more! Each of these passionate professionals is ready to share honest experiences and learning’s with their fellow members, and that is what makes SMBMSP the professional social media association it is quickly becoming.

Past Events

    • SMBMSP #1: Meet & Greet, 2/13/08 Keys Café, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #2: Coffee, Muffins & Ustream, 4/11/08 Caribou Coffee, Roseville
    • SMBMSP #3: Cullect Demo, Shared Feeds, SM Convo, 5/16/08 Concordia University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #4: General Discussion on Social Media, 6/5/08 Concordia University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #5: SocMed in Your Business & Career, 7/25/08 Central Library, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #6: Social Media in Real Life, 8/22/08, Best Buy HQ, Bloomington
    • SMBMSP #7: Purists vs. Corporatists, 9/19/08, Best Buy HQ, Bloomington
    • SMBMSP #8: David Meerman Scott, Fallon 10/31/08 Deluxe Corp HQ, Shoreview
    • SMBMSP #9: Breakfast with Jeff Pulver 11/20/08 Best Buy HQ, Bloomington
    • SMBMP #10: Holiday Edition, 12/19/08, Lake Elmo Inn, Lake Elmo
    • SMBMSP #11: Social Media & Job Search, 1/30/09, Central Library, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #12: SMBMSP 1st Birthday Party, 2/12/09, Aloft Hotel, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #13: Community Managers, 3/18/09, St. Paul Pool & Yacht Club, Lilydale
    • SMBMSP #14: Personal Branding, 4/29/09, Allianz Life HQ, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #15: Online Reputation Management, 5/22/09, Concordia University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #16: Big Top SMB 6/26/09, Deluxe Corp HQ, Shoreview
    • SMBMSP #17: Non-Profits & Social Media, 7/31/09 ,Vic’s on the Riverfront, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #18: SMBMSP on a Stick 8/28/09 Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #19: MixMobi, Behind The Firewall, 9/25/09, Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center
    • SMBMSP #20: Social Media & Journalism, 10/30/09, Summit Brewing Company
    • SMBMSP #21: Job Search, GoGirl Case Study, 11/20/09, Imation HQ, Oakdale
    • SMBMSP #22: Health Care & Social Media 12/18/09, OpenBook, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #23: Politics & Social Media, 2/12/10, Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #24: Social Media & Retail, 3/5/10, Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy, Mall of America
    • SMBMSP #25: Social Media & Real Estate, 4/23/10, Concordia University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #26: Urban & Organic Gardening, 5/21/10, Minnesota State Fairgrounds, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #27: Social Media & Sports, 6/18/10, Target Center, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #28: Small Business Gets Social, 7/23/10, Deluxe Corp HQ, Shoreview
    • SMBMSP #29: State Fair Social (Media),  9/3/10, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #30: Travel & Tourism, 10/29/10 Carlson Towers Rotunda, Minnetonka
    • SMBMSP #31: Mobile & More, 11/19/10, Best Buy HQ, Bloomington
    • SMBMSP #32: Events (& Event Planning), 12/17/10, The Depot, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #33: Publishing 1/28/11, Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #34: Law, 3/18/11, Thomson Reuters, Eagan
    • SMBMSP #35: Activism, 4/22/11, Best Buy HQ, Bloomington
    • SMBMSP #36: Education, 5/20/11, Concordia University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #37: Career Maintenance, 6/24/11, HealthPartners, Bloomington
    • SMBMSP #38: Nonprofits, 7/29/11,  Commemorative Air Force – MN Wing, South St. Paul Airport
    • SMBMSP #39: Social SEO, 8/26/11, Cambria Suites, Maple Grove
    • SMBMSP #40: Community Management, 10/28/11, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #41: Real-time Mobile, 11/16/11, Thomson Reuters, Eagan
    • SMBMSP #42: Entrepreneurship, 12/16/11, CoCo Coworking & Collaborative Space, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #43: Public Media,  1/27/12, tpt Studios, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #44: Interactive Project Management & More! A Conversation with the Geek Girls Guide, 3/30/12, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #45: Government, Public Service, & Social Media, 4/27/12, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #46: Career Planning, 6/29/12, Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #47: What’s Next for Nonprofits & Social Media, 7/27/12, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #48: Social Media & Content Marketing with Lee Odden, 8/24/12, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP#49: Tech Trends & Predictions with Julio Ojeda-Zapata, 9/28/12, Guardian Angels Church, Oakdale
    • SMBMSP#50: Music & Social Media (+ A Very Special Celebration), 10/26/12, Concordia University, Buetow Music Center, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #51: Mobile Video, 11/16/12, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #52: Jumping Tracks – Tales of Radical Career Shifts, 12/21/12, CoCo Coworking & Collaborative Space, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP#53: Social Media & Breaking News, Featuring ABC News Producer Dennis Powell, 1/17/13, Best Buy HQ, Richfield
    • SMBMSP#54: Social Media Marketing, 3/29/13, Twin Cities Public Television (tpt) Studios, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #55: LinkedIn with Paul DeBettignies, 5/3/13, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #56: Beyond The Waves – How Social Media has Transformed Radio, 6/7/13, Clear Channel, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #57: Social Media Case Studies, 8/30/13, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP#58 – Social Media & The Law, 9/30/13, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #59 – Beyond the Check-In: Location-based Social Media for Business, 10/31/13, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #60 – Social Media Case Studies, 11/15/13, The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #61 – Jump! How Can You Begin Doing The Work of Your Dreams?, 12/13/13, CoCo Uptown, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #62 – Search and Social: Inside Google’s New “Hummingbird” Algorithm, 1/31/14, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #63  – Behind the Firewall: Social Networking for Employee Collaboration, 3/3/14, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #64 – Social Media Case Studies, 3/28/14, Olson, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #65 – 8 Golden Rules for Sure-Fire Success with Facebook Ads, 4/14/14 , 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #66 – Social Media Analytics: Activating Your Company’s Social Intelligence, 5/9/14, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #67 – Personal Branding Balancing Act: A Look Behind The Curtain, 6/24/14,  514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #68 – Social Media Case Studies, 7/18.14, tpt Studios, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #69 – The Accidental Jackass: Why Social Media Etiquette Matters, 8/22/14, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #70 – Trending Topics: A Group Perspective of Social Media with The Minnov8 Gang, 9/12/14,  514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #71 – Making Social Media Human Again, 10/17/14,  St. Catherine University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #72 – Social Media Case Studies, 11/21/14, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #73 – Inspire your Employees & Customers to Become Online Advocates, 12/19/14, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #74 – Video and Social Media, 1/23/14, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #75 – Visuals That Compel & Influence: A conversation about the intersection of art and social media, 2/20/15, space150, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #76 – Social Media Case Studies, 3/27/15, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #77 – More Than a Pic of Your Plate: The Business of Food Blogging, 4/24/15,  St. Catherine University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #78 – Get Recruited: Finding Your Next Job Through Social Media, 5/22/15, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #79 – Bacon, Coffee, & Content Marketing with Lee Odden,  6/12/15, 514 Studios, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #80 – Social Media Case Studies, 7/17/15, Olson, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #81 – Brewing Up Buzz For Beer, 8/14/15, The Freehouse, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP #82 – Social + Search = A Whole New Ballgame for SEO & SEM, 9/11/15, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
    • SMBMSP #83 – Strength in Social – The Growing Impact of Social Media on Health & Fitness, Life Time Athletic Target Center, Minneapolis
    • SMBMSP#84 – Social Media Case Studies, 11/20/15, 514 Studios, Minneapolis

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