Mastermind To Partner With HCC For ‘Vision and Purpose’ Conference in Freeport

Freeport, Illinois — Tickets are available for the inaugural Mastermind Conference scheduled for Saturday, June 9 in Freeport.

The Mastermind Conference will be an all-day event featuring successful entrepreneurs such as Michael Nakamura, owner of The Lovely Candy Company in Algonquin, IL and J.R Schaffner, owner of Inertia Machinery and Hard Rock in Freeport. The keynote address will feature Rockford Mayor Thomas McNamara on Vision and Leadership.

“The conference is a larger version of our local Mastermind program,” said Emarc Malavolti, Mastermind founder and the creator of “We bring aspiring and successful entrepreneurs together one morning each month to share triumphs, setbacks and advice. The Mastermind Conference will provide a full day of learning opportunities, including perspectives to be offered by distinguished speakers and relevant discussions throughout the day.”

The Mastermind organization will partner with Highland Community College to bring this conference to Freeport as an HCC Lifelong Learning class. “When Emarc and other founders of Mastermind shared with me how the program is gaining momentum, I was intrigued to say the least,” said HCC President, Tim Hood. “After attending three early Saturday morning meetings at various local businesses, it became clear to me that the work of Mastermind connects very well with our college mission and the Lifelong Learning program at Highland. We could not be more excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Mastermind.”

Malavolti and colleagues successfully network with individuals, companies, civic groups and other organizations throughout the region in order to cast vision, promote effective leadership, and to help participants begin or continue developing entrepreneurial skills.

“This event is newsworthy for multiple reasons but specifically because of Rockford Mayor McNamara. This is a man who didn’t hesitate to come to a neighboring city to share his story and invest in the work of others. This simple act truly speaks highly of his character, integrity and leadership, which are the very reasons he is successful in leading such a large city,” Malavolti said. “We believe that conference participants will find the stories of all of our speakers to be uplifting and compelling.”

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the W.T. Rawleigh Building/Grand River Hall on the sixth floor (101 South Liberty Avenue in Freeport). A social hour from 2 to 3 p.m. will follow the event.

Tickets are $35, which includes the program registration fee, lunch and a T-shirt. Conference tickets are available at Because tickets are limited, organizers encourage early registration to guarantee seats.


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