Join Bunker Labs, Startup Black Hills and 1 Million Cups Rapid City to talk about how we all fit together in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Bunker Labs is one of several national entrepreneurship organizations, but only a handful have a local presence in the Black Hills. This month we welcome in our counterparts from Startup Black Hills and 1 Million Cups Rapid City to talk about how we all fit together in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This event is part of Bunker Brews, a monthly meetup (virtual for the time being) where the Bunker Labs community, including veterans, military spouses, and civilians, comes together to network with subject matter experts, investors, thought leaders, and more in an environment focused on growth and development.
This event is for you if...
1. You're interested in meeting more like-minded, action-oriented entrepreneurs in a fun, casual setting.
2. You’re interested in getting involved in the local entrepreneur community.
3. You'd like to learn more about companies being created by veterans in our community.
*This event will be recorded. Participation in the meeting indicates your consent to being included in the meeting recording.
Torno Mediation and Mental Health Services
Mental Health Counselor and Divorce & Custody Mediator & Evaluator
Startup Black Hills
Melanie Torno is a licensed mental health therapist in private practice, as well as a divorce and custody evaluator, mediator, and parent coordinator. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, blended families, play therapy with children, and relationship issues for couples, families, and parent-child relationships. Melanie earned her Bachelor’s of Science with a double major in Psychology and Human Services from Black Hills State University and her Master’s of Science in Counseling and Human Resource Development from South Dakota State University. She has experience working in crisis intervention, with sexual assault survivors and their families, women and children effected with by substance abuse, individuals with developmental delays, advocating for children and families, and in the school environment. Melanie enjoys working with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial groups, empowering and coaching young girls, helping people to ﬁnd their voice to create positive change, and encouraging others to be their best self.
Melanie gets to be a wife and mother of ﬁve in a blended family with children ranging in age from 22 to 7 years old. She has 2 granddaughters and a grandson. And no, she does not go by grandma! The Torno crew are a loud bunch with lots of personality and someone has to be the rule follower, which is typically Melanie. Melanie and her hubby, Gerard, spend time inviting and feeding their adult children many weekends, bike riding on the local bike path, attending hockey and dance events, watching football, ﬁnding something new to explore, and are all hands on deck to help the youngest two children in their go kart racing adventures.
Brian is an energetic father of two middle school boys and husband to one wife. For the last 20 years he has focused on storytelling in the areas of graphic design, web design, web development, photography, marketing, branding and also as an advisor to early stage startups. He has participated in, organized, or facilitated 18 Startup Weekends, was a mentor for the Iowa Startup Accelerator, and participated in the University of Iowa’s JPEC Venture School. For the past few years he has been a judge in the SD Mines CEO Student Pitch Competition, student pitch facilitator for a BHSU Small Business Management class, an Innovation Expo presenter, and SD Mines Entrepreneurship Club speaker. He works hard to make entrepreneurship as accessible as possible while maximizing educational opportunities, productivity, and relationship building in an environment that is fun, relevant, and motivating. He is an advocate for entrepreneurship, startups, and mentorship that firmly believes in learning by doing and falling in love with the problem instead of the solution.
Elevate Rapid City
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Dakota Optics and Dakota Gun Cleaners
South Dakota Ellsworth Development Authority