Meet the Expert

Join us at the Hill for one-on-one help to launch and grow your business. On the second Wednesday of every month from 10:15AM to 11:45AM the hill will provide hands-on assistance from trained, experienced business specialists who support entrepreneurs at all stages from startup to scale.

Bring on every complex or baffling question you’ve got. The Hills business specialists and guest experts welcome the opportunity to find you an answer. Our experts connect entrepreneurs with essential, accurate, relevant and fast information.

Experts vary month to month.  Check the event calendar to get updates on confirmed experts. Previous experts have included:

Chris Carlson, President, NarrativePros
Bryan Boldt, Chief Credit Officer, Bank Cherokee
Rick Barkley, District Director, MN SCORE
Michael Tsakistos, MN SCORE
Bill Collette, BCnetConsulting
Phil Goldman, LegalCORPS
Nick Smoger, LegalCORPS
Lisa Zufall, Birch Solutions

Visit the Event Calendar for updates and additional details.


We are in the process of renovating the James J. Hill Center to make the space more accessible to individuals with wheelchairs or limited mobility. This construction includes major renovation of our interior elevator. Due to this renovation, elevator access to the building and second floor for persons with accessibility constraints will be limited. A manual mobility Liftkar operated by a trained JJ Hill staff person will be available so that individuals in wheelchairs have access to our space. To schedule assistance before your visit, or if you have questions, please contact 651.265.5500. Unfortunately we are unable to transport electric scooters. Elevator construction will begin October 31, 2016 until completion in April, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience during this construction. Thank you for your understanding.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation.