Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota (WeMN) was founded in 2007 by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard and Cyndy Arey, two entrepreneurs who, at that time, were transitioning from corporate careers to full-time entrepreneurship and recognized early on that they needed a network to support them. As they embarked on their entrepreneurial journey and subsequently founded their own businesses and strived for resources, they encountered a very weak support system for small companies and women in business.
WeMN is a pioneer organization that filled the void in the system at a time when it was needed most. It provides for its founders and members a network to grow personally and professionally while being able to help other women in the process. The manifold of benefits the founders have obtained from starting a nonprofit organization like WeMN extend from gaining business exposure and expanding their networks, to making a real difference for entrepreneurial women by delivering high quality leadership and educational programming.
Since its inception, WeMN has gradually increased its board of directors and created an honorary advisory board to recognize and honor these members who have completed their terms and who have become a priceless resource in times of additional support. Peer Advisory and the Mentoring Program are WeMN's flagship initiatives that provide for its board and members an opportunity to learn and engage at a much deeper strategic level.
During its 10 years in business, WeMN has been invited to participate in an annual program sponsored by the State Department that brings together women entrepreneurs from all over the world to the United States. WeMN board members have had the unique opportunity to exchange international business views and ideas while also experiencing diverse cultural interactions through meaningful face-to-face meetings with foreign dignitaries and private sector professional women.