Director of Social Enterprise
Venture North Bike and Coffee Shop
Casey Pavek is an advocate for practical biking, an educator of bicycle mechanics, and a social entrepreneur. Casey helped build Venture North Bike and Coffee shop from its inception in 2011 into a full service refurbished bike shop and coffee bar serving the community of North Minneapolis and beyond. Venture North, as a social venture, serves two intertwined purposes; be a first rate bike shop where there was once a void in the market, and hold programs to engage the community on bikes. Venture North trains young people in the art of bicycle repair and employs the best and brightest to help run the shop in the busy season. Venture North holds open shop classes to provide free access and skill sharing to our community of bikers. Venture North also holds Earn-a-Bike classes for youth to learn about bikes, how they work, how to maintain them, and how to ride safely in the city. Casey understands first hand how to navigate the fine line between running a sustainable business, and implementing programs to help build on an existing yet fragmented cycling culture. After six years in business, we're still here.
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