Daily Schedule

We start each day’s session promptly at 9 a.m. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to check-in and receive materials on the first day. We fit in a few 15-minute breaks, take an hour for lunch, and end by 6 p.m. daily.

To make the most of your 3-day experience we strongly recommend staying until the end of the seminar, at 6 pm on Thursday. If your travel plans call for you to leave early you'll miss critical content to help you implement what you've learned.

Travel & Transportation

Parking: Please plan to arrive by 8:45 am. Parking at the hotel is free.

Flying: We recommend airline reservations to Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl. Airport (MSP), arriving on Tuesday, Sept. 4. For most people it will make sense to travel home on Saturday, Sept. 8. If you’re flying home on Friday night, please choose a flight departure time after 8 pm to allow yourself enough time to get to the airport and check-in. Be sure you have a valid passport if traveling internationally.

Airport Shuttle: Our seminar hotel, the Embassy Suites Bloomington, provides a free shuttle bus to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul Intl. Airport (MSP). Grab your luggage and follow the signs -- first to “Ground Transportation,” and then to “Hotel Shuttles.” Then, call the hotel at (952) 884-4811 to request their shuttle. Or, you can hop in a taxi to the hotel for about $30; or take an UberX for $14-18.


Please refer to the Participant List at left to review the details of your reservation, and have your confirmation number handy at check-in. Your room reservation at Embassy Suites Bloomington is within our event block, so please contact us (and not the hotel) if you have any questions or need to make any changes to your reservation. The hotel's check-in time is 4 pm. Your prepaid lodging fee covers room and tax only, and a credit card will be required at check-in to cover any incidentals.

At Embassy Suites every room is a two-room suite, with a private bedroom, separate living area, and all the comforts of home including:

  1. Wet bar with refrigerator, microwave and coffeemaker

  2. Free wireless Internet, two flat-screen TVs with cable and pay-per view movies

  3. Free cooked-to-order breakfast and nightly Manager’s Reception

  4. Free use of fitness room, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool

Meals & Evenings

Your seminar registration includes catered natural foods lunches from our host store. Please check the Participant List at left to verify your lunch preference.

Tuesday evening you’re invited to join us for a reception at our seminar hotel. This is an ideal place to network and talk shop with new colleagues.

Wednesday evening we’ll enjoy dinner and a behind-the-scenes store tour at Lakewinds Food Co-op.

Dinners on Tuesday and Thursday nights are on your own.

Your lodging reservation includes a free cooked-to-order breakfast. If you’re not staying at our seminar hotel, breakfast is on your own.

Our seminar room will be well-stocked with healthy and tempting organic snacks and beverages, including organic coffees provided by Equal Exchange.

If you have any concerns about food, let us know.

What To Bring

Casual attire will be fashionably appropriate and we recommend you dress in layers for optimal comfort in our seminar room. Please check the weather forecast before you leave so you can pack appropriately.

We’ll have everything you’ll need during the seminar. Please bring your best self, with a good night’s rest and a mind toward participating in a chance to grow and improve -- not just as a grocer and a leader, but as a whole person.

Thanks for planning to share your time with us at Rising Stars. We’re looking forward to creating and sharing another terrific seminar with you and we’ll see you there in



Minneapolis, MN

September 5-7, 2018

Changes & Refunds

Here are a variety of options if you need to change or cancel a registration.

  1.   3 seminar days, 9 am to 6 pm

  2.   Seminar Handbook with key systems, forms and documents

  3.   Great natural foods lunches, abundant snacks and beverages

  4.   Dinner and a behind-the-scenes store tour at our Host Store

  5.   An evening reception with beer, wine and appetizers

  6.   Access to our exclusive participant websites – featuring hours of video and audio clips, downloadable seminar documents, and more

  7.   Discounted lodging options at our seminar hotel


Seminar Package Includes

Seminar Details

Hosted By Lakewinds Food Co-op

We’ll enjoy catered lunches, plus dinner and an evening store tour from:


and Request Refund

Your Seminar Participant

Participant & Lodging Changes

Free through 8/2/18

$100 per person per change thereafter

Seminar Cancellations, Refund Less

$150/seat for notice by 6/30/18

$300/seat for notice by 7/12/18

$600/seat for notice by 8/218

No credit or refund after 8/2/18

Lodging Cancellations

Full refund for notice by 8/2/18, 50% thereafter

Note for Term-Payment Registrations: Lodging refund reduced as needed to cover seminar cancellation fee

Carolee Colter

Produced & Presented by

Mark Mulcahy

Allen Seidner

Participant List

Your name is abbreviated for your privacy. Please review your lunch preference and lodging info and have your hotel confirmation number available at check in. 

Need to change your lunch or lodging plan?

Look for Participant Details here on or before:

August 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM Pacific Time

Rising Stars 1

Our Original Seminar Experience

An intensive introduction to natural foods

store and department excellence

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Lunch Codes

C = Chicken or Turkey

V = Vegetarian

N = Vegan

GF = Gluten-Free

(  ) = We have your additional food- or diet-related info

--- = We do not have your food or lodging info

Need to change your lunch or lodging plan?



Seminar Location

Embassy Suites Bloomington

2800 American Blvd West, Bloomington, MN  55431

Phone: (952) 884-4811

Important: Please contact us – not the hotel – about any lodging additions or changes.

Seminar Registration


Thru 6/30/18


Registration Fee

Easy Payment Terms Available for Early-Birds!

Pay only $500 and your lodging fee now and we’ll charge the balance due on 8/3/18



After 6/30/18


Single- and double-occupancy suites are available at highly discounted group rates when you reserve lodging through our registration website by 8/2/18.

Organic. Local. Sustainable. Community.

Since our start in 1972, Lakewinds has served the families who call our corner of the Metro home with the highest-quality organic and sustainably raised food from as close by as we can get it. We are committed to working to minimize our impact on the earth. Today our thriving co-op has three stores, over 21,000 community owners, and 350 knowledgeable employees with a contagious passion for real, local food.

With three locations in Minnetonka, Chanhassen & Richfield


1st Participant

Each Additional Participant

FREE! 6th Participant

Registration Limit:

40 total participants

10 participants

per organization