Everyone's welcome to attend Minnesota native's free talk and book signing.

Tastefully Simple founder and CEO Jill Blashack Strahan will speak at the U of M, Crookston Tuesday, Feb. 26 as part of an entrepreneurship speakers’ series sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies. Her presentation, entitled “Small Beginnings—Big Dreams” will begin at noon in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and all are invited.

     Afterward, Blashack Strahan will sign her book, “Simply Shine: Stories that Stirred the Fire.” The books will be available for purchase.

    Blashack Strahan was born and raised in Villard, Minn., and grew up on her family’s farm, where she was influenced by her father’s entrepreneurial spirit. She managed and owned Jill’s Grill in Villard and eventually started a retail gift basket shop. Then her future took a  turn. Prior to selling her business in 1994, Jill participated in a Holiday Crafters Tour to promote her baskets. She provided samples of the easy-to-prepare foods and experienced remarkable sales. Jill realized the power of taste-testing and Tastefully Simple idea was born.

    Tastefully Simple is a $100 million company with more than 300 employees and some 21,000 independent consultants. Blashack Strahan is recognized as an exceptional CEO, having won numerous awards for her achievements and unique philosophies of positivity and abundance.