The James J. Hill Center is equipped to support the mature business owner as well as the new entrepreneur through access to space, technological resources and a network that will spur imagination, innovation and action. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar for speakers, workshops and seminars that will provide you with the material you need to grow your business.

The Hill’s Speaker Series

Tuesdays 11:30 AM – 1 PM

The Hill’s free Speaker Series covers a variety of topics to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and businesses no matter where they are in the life cycle of their venture.

Upcoming Speakers

Visit the Upcoming Speakers Page to see a full list of speakers and topics and to reserve your ticket.

Be a Speaker

We are currently in the process of selecting our first speakers. Topics will include interviewing skills, business plan development, organizational process, leadership, marketing and much more.

For more information about topics, the Speaker Series and how to apply to become a presenter visit The Hill’s Speaker Series page.

1 Million Cups St. Paul

1 MC Saint Paul

Wednesdays 9 AM- 10 AM

A program to engage, educate and connect entrepreneurs is set to launch on July 16th. The Hill is part of 45 other cities who host a weekly gathering that is building startup communities over cups of coffee and conversation across the country.

Each Wednesday morning, two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for 6 minutes and fields audience questions for another 20 minutes. And of course plenty of free coffee.

Become speaker or RSVP. Click here 

Work Here

Come in and work for the day. If you are a member you can even get 2 hours of parking for free. When there is not an event on the Reading Room floor you are welcome to work on your own or have quiet meetings at any of the tables. Our second and third floors are also available to you to work on your own or with others. Each area has a distinct feel and may be the perfect place for you to have a breakthrough with your business plan, marketing strategy or research.

Read Best Space to Work in Saint Paul for more information on how people use the space at the James J. Hill Center or visit the Meet Here – Work Here page.

Research Here

The Hill is best known for its Reference Library. Our Business Information Specialists curate a unique set of online databases that help  business owners and entrepreneurs with market research, access to one-of-a-kind industry overviews, consumer online spending patterns, demographic data around a potential retail location and much more.

If you don’t have the time to come in and do the research yourself, use our Business Research Services and one of our Business Information Specialists will do it for you.


Our space. Your success.

Research. Meet. Grow.

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Your gift provides the foundation for job creation. It supports programs and services that catalyze new entrepreneurs and cultivates the growth of local businesses. When you invest in the James J. Hill Center, you invest in Minnesota.