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Berglund returns to campus to talk about social entrepreneurship

berglundNext week, Finnegans CEO and co-founder Jacquie Berglund ’87 will return to Augsburg to tell the story of her success to prospective Weekend/Evening College and graduate program students as well as alumni.

This presentation, part of Augsburg’s “In the City” admissions events for prospective students, will be held Wednesday, June 27 in Christensen Center with social hour beginning at 5 p.m.

Berglund, who started Finnegans in 2000, said she loves discovering ways to create community wealth, and she never passes on an opportunity to advise others about how to become social entrepreneurs. She attributes her success to a sound business plan, a lot of hard work, and a little Irish luck. Read more of her story, “Connecting the Dots for Good,” in the Spring 2009 issue of the Augsburg NOW magazine.

According to the Finnegans website, the company was founded “from the belief that each and every one of us can make a difference.” Finnegans is the first beer producer to give 100 percent of its profits to charity through the Finnegans Community Fund. The company’s goal for 2012 is to donate 265,000 meals to those in need and to provide fresh produce to families in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The “In the City” series combines some of Minneapolis and St. Paul’s most noteworthy locations and engaging people with information sessions about Augsburg programs. Following Berglund’s presentation, attendees can learn about Augsburg’s weekend and evening undergraduate degree programs, the graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship, or graduate programs in business (MBA), leadership (MAL), education (MAE), or nursing (MANursing/DNP).

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