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Sept. 26: Big Ideas Speakers Series presents Matt Ames

Entrepreneur created thriving paintball business.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Music Department News Release, 9-20-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s College of Business is presenting Matt Ames, founder and owner of MN Pro Paintball, for the next installment of the Big Ideas Speaker Series on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The presentation will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Ostrander Auditorium in the Centennial Student Union.

The Big Ideas Speaker Series brings business people with transformative and alternative ideas to campus to inspire the Big Ideas of people within our own community.

Ames will share how he took a passion for paintball and turned it into a thriving business. He currently owns one of the largest paintball parks in the state in Lakeville Minn., as well as two retail stores in Burnsville and Minnetonka. In April, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Ames the Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012.

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at a reception following the lecture. Parking is available in the visitor pay lot outside of the Centennial Student Union. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Elizabeth Johnson at (507) 389-5424 or

Sodexo, Greater Mankato Growth and the Minnesota State Mankato Small Business Development Center helped sponsor this event, along with College of Business partners, Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and the College of Extended Learning.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, a system of 31 public colleges and universities with 54 campuses in 47 communities throughout the state of Minnesota.

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