May 2022 Member Spotlight

Lori Crever

Jessica Horton
Jessica Horton

Business name: Lori Crever

Your title/role: President

Website URL:  www.protegepower.com

Social media:

Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn

crevlori@msn.com
Career Revelry, LLC
(612) 781-6862 • Work

 

My business is organized around promoting the book, “Protégé Power: A Roadmap to Mentorship,” and related activities, such as career talks plus consultation with people and organizations that operate mentor programs.

How long have you been in business?  1 Year

What do you do? 

I am a speaker-facilitator, author, edutainer, coach, and consultant. I, additionally, teach leadership and diversity, equity & inclusion, plus perform improvisational comedy.

 Who do you serve? Business associations, colleges and universities, companies.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
There is a classic tale titled “Acres of Diamonds” by Russell Conwell. The principal lesson is to trust and believe in the “diamonds” on which you stand—your skill, knowledge, and unique talents. Cultivate good instincts and a sacred trust of yourself. There is certainly good advice available in many places; however, be discerning and don’t implement if it does not ring true for YOU.

I am the co-chair for the WeMN Peer Circles program, with Irene Kelly of Prisma, LLC. This is a great opportunity to join a group of peers and have an array of good advice from which to choose to grow your business.

 

 

April 2022 Member Spotlight

Melissa Hussong

Jessica Horton

Business name: Melissa Hussong

Your title/role: Founder & CEO

Website URL:   herhandlebars.com

Social media:

Instagram
YouTube
Facebook
LinkedIn

Melissa Hussong
Women’s Empowerment Coach

612-584-0203 • Work

 

Melissa Hussong is a motorcycle mindset coach specializing is helping women get out of their heads and into the saddle so they can live their dream life. Her greatest passion is supporting and inspiring women to live authentically and step into their power by riding motorcycles. Melissa went from non-rider to certified motorcycle coach in 3 years. Melissa uses that experience to help clients explore internal blocks to living the life of their dreams through group coaching and one-on-one coaching.

How long have you been in business?  1 Year

What do you do? 

Melissa Hussong helps clients explore their full potential by riding motorcycles starting with building an unshakeable mindset. She provides an actionable framework to those willing to live boldly and step into the woman they were born to be. Melissa has a motorcycle journal and online course with everything women need to know to get started riding motorcycles.

 Who do you serve? Adventure-seeking women

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
Follow (and trust) your inner voice calling you to become the woman you were made to be.

 

 

March 2022 Member Spotlight

Anna Klimmek

Jessica Horton

Business name: Anna Klimmek

Your title/role: Owner-Chef-Health Coach

Website URL: happyfoodmn.com

Social media:

Linked In: AnnaKlimmek

Instagram/Facebook: happyfoodmn

Anna Klimmek (Happy Food MN)
Culinary • Le Cordon Bleu
612-454-0549 • Work

A culinary wellness company that offers happy cooking and lifestyle workshops so that your employees can perform at their optimal health and happiness.

How long have you been in business?  8.5 Years

What do you do?  It is my mission to get you in the kitchen and teach you how to eat for your body in a way that works for your life. I teach happy cooking and lifestyle classes that range from practical classes to help get a health meal on the table like Meal Prep & Power Snacks to more in depth learning about how your food affects your body, focus, happiness & productivity in classes like Food for Focus, and Balancing Blood Sugar for All Day Energy. Each workshop comes with a packet & recipes that are designed to accommodate with something for every body. And by Everybody we mean every body, so we are a weight neutral organization so we be very talk about weight loss, but finding health and happiness in the body that we are in right now. It’s high energy, we laugh together, make mistakes and learn how to fix them. I teach in webinars, in person and at conferences! I also have a culinary wellness school with pre recorded classes!

 Who do you serve? Companies who support their employees health through workshops & events. The general public with online classes!

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
You don’t have to know your end point you just have to start!

February 2022 Member Spotlight

Erin Hargrove

Jessica Horton

Business name: AJ Gallagher

Your title/role: Employee Benefits Consultant/Broker

Website URL: www.ajg.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Business

LinkedIn Personal

Instagram

Facebook

(651) 350-8803

Gallagher, a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. Much more than simply an insurance broker, we are an international group of partners that provide cost-effective, client-centric, and expertise-driven risk management solutions. Our team is an integral part of your local business community. Wherever you are in the world and whatever your industry might be, we create and uphold a unique culture based on strong values, collaboration, and professional excellence.

How long have you been in business?  3 Years

What do you do?  As a benefits consultant, I make an impact on company’s overall Total Rewards strategy while supporting a company’s larger business initiatives. From employee benefits and insurance to DEI and engagement, I can leverage Gallagher’s strong benchmarking and deep bench of resources to make a difference for the companies that I support.

 Who do you serve? Minnesota companies of all sizes that want to be really think through what they need to truly recruit and retain the best talent.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
Surround yourself with other strong women. It is amazing how contagious and powerful knowing you have others in your corner can be.

January 2022 Member Spotlight

Bailey Aleksander

Jessica Horton

Business name: WA Live Big

Your title/role: Personal Risk Advisor

Website URL: www.walivebig.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Profile Link

Facebook

baleksander@walivebig.com

WA Group is a full-service independent agency, specializing in Business Insurance, Employee Benefits Insurance, Personal Insurance, and Risk Services. Our mission at WA Group is to impact the communities we protect and serve, and community involvement is ingrained in our culture. We embody the values of being Professional, Team Players, and Growth-Driven. We are passionate about our personal development and helping our clients succeed to their greatest potential.

How long have you been in business?  WA Group has been in business since 1893 and 100% employee owned since 1985. Our agency’s history is a long one, and we’re not stopping now. With our deep roots, we hold on to our traditions but look toward the future. 

What do you do?  Being an employee-owner and Personal Risk Advisor at WA Group, I have been assisting families and individuals to protect their most important assets when it matters the most. My commitment to building positive relationships with clients is the cornerstone of my beliefs. I specialize in personal insurance matters such as Homeowners Insurance, Auto Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Recreational Vehicle Insurance, Watercraft Insurance, Rental Property, Farm & Ranch Owners Insurance, Flood Insurance, and Life Insurance. With access to over 15 markets and dual state licenses, I can provide meaningful insight and valuable recommendations to keep your life moving when the worst happens.

Who do you serve? Our agency represents many states for your personal insurance needs. I personally specialize in Minnesota and Wisconsin coverages.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
My biggest piece of wisdom is to stay “above the line” in all walks of life. Staying on the positive side of things and working with a positive attitude during stressful situations will develop stronger positive results for all those involved. When faced with a difficult situation pause; take time to form a reaction or response that will develop the results you wish to see.

December 2021 Member Spotlight

Deb Axness

Jessica Horton

Business name: Webs by Deb

Your title/role: Owner & Principal Designer 

Website URL: www.websbydeb.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Profile Link

Facebook

deb@websbydeb.com

Webs By Deb provides consulting,expert advice, and development of website presence for organizations and businesses.I listen to clients, examine their existing websites, or create a new website, and provide solutions with accessibility, security, aesthetics, and impact in mind. Webs By Deb also provides consulting and framework for a cohesive digital social media marketing presence for organizations.

How long have you been in business?  2 years. 

What do you do?  WordPress website design, development, support, and maintenance Digital social media marketing strategies Search Engine Optimization for websites Security solutions for websites

Who do you serve?   My clients include small and microbusinesses, nonprofits and other organizations, mostly based in Minnesota.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs? Don’t let fear of failure keep you from believing in yourself and your talents!

I have a broad and deep career as a technology professional, including decades of experience with UNIX/C systems and application coding, design, and architecture. I have worked for Sperry/UNIVAC, Cray Research, Inc. and several other companies. I have been a member of, and past president for, the local Twin Cities chapter of The Association For Women In Computing. My life-long passion for sailing led me to embark on a years-long sabbatical living aboard a sailboat, voyaging from Lake Superior in Duluth to the Caribbean, including much of South America. Along the way, I experienced many different cultures, adventures, and challenges.

November 2021 Member Spotlight

Kelly Hayes Erickson

Jessica Horton

Business name: Carriage House Studio

Your title/role: Owner & Principal Designer 

Website URL: www.carriagehousestudiomn.com

Social media:

Blog 

Insta

Facebook 

Pinterest 

NARI 

LinkedIn Profile Link 

612.619.5560

How long have you been in business?  I started CHS in early 2019, but I have been in the industry in a professional capacity for nearly 15 years. 

What do you do?  We offer a variety of services ranging from simple color consultations to full-service design & remodeling and everything in between. We really tailor our services to meet our client’s needs and wishes.  

Who do you serve?   We serve the greater metro area and we have the ability to work with client’s from all over the world. The vast majority of our clients are young, active families.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?   Hire professionals to do the things you are not good at or knowledgeable about. You don’t have to be good at everything on your own. Trust your team, rely on others, and delegate so that you can focus on what makes you great at what you do.

October 2021 Member Spotlight

Emily Elsner Twesme

Jessica Horton

Business name: Bright Business Consulting

Your title/role: CEO

Website URL: www.brightbusinessconsulting.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Personal

715.214.5427

How long have you been in business? 2 Years

What do you do?  We help  1) business set up internship programs as an ongoing recruitment/retention pipeline and 2) new (often just-promoted) managers with training and coaching. Need to know how to deal with GenZ or how to deal with workplace conflict? We are your people!

My BIG goal is to fundamentally change our work environments to places where people can bring their full selves, and where outside-work endeavors are treated with the same level of respect that we treat during-work endeavors. How is this accomplished? By helping individuals learn to better communicate and manage (themselves and others!)

Who do you serve?   We serve growing businesses and teams; organizations who are having trouble recruiting and retaining quality job candidates.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?   Find a squad of other bad-ass women to go on the journey with you! Being an entrepreneur is amazing and exhilarating and (very often) one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…and often I feel these emotions on the same day. It’s not for the faint of heart, but YOU CAN DO IT. Find people who support your vision and will be honest with you (even if you don’t always want to hear it).

September 2021 Member Spotlight

Rachel Narveson

Jessica Horton

Business name: Proficient Construction & Proficient Consulting Inc

Your title/role: Owner & Business Development Manager

Website URL: www.proficientmn.com

Social media:

Blog
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn Business 
LinkedIn Personal
BBB
Angi List
Yelp

952-594-9110

How long have you been in business? 7 Years

What do you do?  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, decks, and basement remodels for residential and multifamily. Whether you’re looking to plan an exterior project or remodel, Proficient Construction is here to help. 

Who do you serve?   We serve customers all over the Twin Cities area and are constantly striving to make sure our customers have the smoothest experience possible. Our relationships are based on our commitment to quality and integrity. 

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?   When you’re starting a new business, it’s really easy to get caught up in all the little details especially when you’re building a brand and getting your name out there. One thing that helped me this year was to focus on the “one thing” or the one task that will make a difference to move the needle for the company and to help hit the next milestone. In the beginning stages of your new business, that could be getting your first paying customer or building your first relationship with a vendor or supplier. Later on, this may be adding on a new service or expand into a new market. Most people will overestimate what they can do in a day and get easily distracted by non-revenue generating tasks.  Start each day with knowing what the one thing is and focus several hours into every day before doing anything else. It’s all about staying focused and completing one thing at a time in order to hit the bigger milestones. 

August 2021 Member Spotlight

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton

Business name: Jessica Horton Coaching & Consulting

Your title/role: Certified Life Coach Practitioner / Life Strategist / Speaker

Website URL: www.jessicahortoncoaching.com

Social media:

LinkedIn-Business

Instagram

How long have you been in business? Since 2020

What do you do? I partner with women to crush their limiting beliefs so you can step into your purpose and accomplish your wildest dreams. I am passionate about meeting you where you are in life and helping you step into the truest, most aligned version of yourself.

Who do you serve? I serve females that are looking to accomplish goals, obtain clarity and/or align their life with where they are truly meant to be. I will also be rolling out a group well-being program to small to mid-sized organizations in the fall designed to help develop resilience for managing stress, raise awareness of personal responses to self, others and situations, learn creative techniques for dealing with challenging circumstances, and expand perspective for seeing opportunities within obstacles.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?

Do it messy. Do it scared. Don’t let fear be the thing holding you back from really going after everything your heart desires. I say this all the time and I believe it deep in my soul – ACTION CREATES CLARITY. Action creates clarity every single time. If you just start, even with so very many unknowns, I promise you, you will figure it out.

July 2021 Member Spotlight

Colleen Moselle

Business name: Fueled Collective (Coworking & Venue)

Your title/role: President and COO

Website URL: www.fueledcollectivemn.com

Social media:

LinkedIn-Personal

LinkedIn-Business

Facebook

Twitter

How long have you been in business? Since 2010

What do you do? Fueled Collective is a membership-based workspace and gathering place tailored to where, when, and how you work. We offer personalized space, service, and events for more sensible work life. With two locations in Minneapolis, we offer a curated set of memberships with flexible terms and spaces that can meet you where you and your work are. Our community is full of professionals who show up each day to an already brewed cup of coffee and a welcoming smile for a highly productive day.

Who do you serve? Anyone who is looking to bring their work and life into balance or to maintain the balance they have already found. We are here to help anyone from individuals to large companies reimagine where and how they work.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?

Build your network and capitalize on their collective wisdom and reach. Be thoughtful on who you connect with, think about what you can offer and what your ask is, and don’t leave the opportunity without ASKING!  We are all here to support one another and if I can ever do anything for you, please ask me.

June 2021 Member Spotlight

Leslie Vaillancourt

Business name: CheqrPay

Your title/role: Founder & CEO 

Website URL: https://cheqrpay.com

Social media:

LinkedIn-Personal

LinkedIn-Business

Facebook

How long have you been in business? Since 2019

What do you do? We partner with small nonprofits to help them modernize their online fundraising to maximize their fundraising efforts.

CheqrPay is a Minneapolis based software company that provides online fundraising services for small nonprofit organizations. We provide traditional online fundraising services, helping nonprofits to accept donations on their website, but we do so much more. With CheqrPay, nonprofits can also fundraise offline using a custom QR code generated for every campaign. Hosting a fundraising event, staffing a booth at a festival, or sending a direct mail appeal to your donors? Simply display your CheqrPay QR code and donors scan to give using their mobile device. Integrated mobile wallet technology (Apple Pay and Google Pay) makes it easy to give in as little as 25 seconds. It has never been easier to engage your donors! We support small charitable organizations, community organizations, faith-based organizations, local political groups and campaigns and school PTOs and PTAs.

Who do you serve? We support small charitable organizations, community organizations, faith-based organizations, local political groups and campaigns and school PTOs and PTAs.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurship is exciting and challenging. It can also be isolating. My advice is to seek out like minded individuals working on building their businesses who can form a support system as you face setbacks and celebrate victories. Seek out a network of people who care about you and your business, who are willing to honestly share about their own journey, and who can impart frank, trustworthy advice. These relationships can be key to keeping you motivated and on track for success.

May 2021 Member Spotlight

Katie Jamieson, CAE

Business name: Engage! LLC

Your title/role: CEO

Website URL: www.engagenonprofits.com

Social media:

LinkedIn

How long have you been in business? 2 Years

What do you do? As CEO of Engage! I lead diverse projects and draw on my years of nonprofit and association management leadership. I am passionate about STEM/STEAM programs and investing in the students they bring together to ensure our future includes a diverse STEM ecosystem. I create live and virtual events, empower others through continuing education, and find opportunities amidst crisis and uncertainty.

Building community begins with engagement. At Engage! we focus on a value-driven strategic approach to serving your community. We lead short and long-term projects around community building and engagement, development, live, virtual, and hybrid events, story-driven content, and program management.

Who do you serve? We serve nonprofits, associations, and small businesses for short and long-term projects.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs?
Something I have to remind myself frequently – Believe in yourself!

April 2021 Member Spotlight

Molly Nicholson

Business name: Molecule Marketing

Your title/role: Founder

Website URL: www.molecule.marketing.com

Social media:
Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

How long have you been in business? 5 1/2 years

What do you do? I start by identifying areas that could use improvement and then prioritize the steps the client should take that would have the greatest impact on their ultimate goal of increasing conversions.

Who do you serve?

I partner with local small businesses and solopreneurs. Past clients have been from industries like P&C insurance, real estate, business coaching, restaurant/bar, liquor store, catering, auto detailing, law firm, seasonal event, recruiters, and more.

When I’m not behind my computer or phone, you can often find me running my book club, playing the French horn, or checking out what’s new at my favorite local distilleries.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? Network. Network. Network. Widen the trusted group of people you can go to for advice and to learn about different industries.

December 2020 Member Spotlight

Tiffany Hoeft Consulting

Business name: Tiffany Hoeft Consulting

Your title/role: Mom of 4 + Operations Consultant

Website URL: www.tiffanyhoeft.com

Social media:
Facebook

Instagram

LinkedIn

How long have you been in business? I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 15 years, but pivoted to my current business in fall of 2019.

What do you do? I help high-level, creative entrepreneurs analyze, strategize, and maximize their systems for efficient and effective businesses.  

Who do you serve? Female creative entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and work at home mommas.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? Don’t try to conform or compare to what anyone else is doing. Lean into YOUR true self, your talents and skills. Be fiercely and unapologetically yourself and you will attract your dream clients. And remember, all mistakes are blessings that allow you to grow.

March 2022 Member Spotlight

Anna Klimmek

Jessica Horton

Business name: Anna Klimmek

Your title/role: Owner-Chef-Health Coach

Website URL: happyfoodmn.com

Social media:

Linked In: AnnaKlimmek

Instagram/Facebook: happyfoodmn

Anna Klimmek (Happy Food MN)
Culinary • Le Cordon Bleu
612-454-0549 • Work

A culinary wellness company that offers happy cooking and lifestyle workshops so that your employees can perform at their optimal health and happiness.

How long have you been in business?  8.5 Years

What do you do?  It is my mission to get you in the kitchen and teach you how to eat for your body in a way that works for your life. I teach happy cooking and lifestyle classes that range from practical classes to help get a health meal on the table like Meal Prep & Power Snacks to more in depth learning about how your food affects your body, focus, happiness & productivity in classes like Food for Focus, and Balancing Blood Sugar for All Day Energy. Each workshop comes with a packet & recipes that are designed to accommodate with something for every body. And by Everybody we mean every body, so we are a weight neutral organization so we be very talk about weight loss, but finding health and happiness in the body that we are in right now. It’s high energy, we laugh together, make mistakes and learn how to fix them. I teach in webinars, in person and at conferences! I also have a culinary wellness school with pre recorded classes!

 Who do you serve? Companies who support their employees health through workshops & events. The general public with online classes!

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
You don’t have to know your end point you just have to start!

February 2022 Member Spotlight

Erin Hargrove

Jessica Horton

Business name: AJ Gallagher

Your title/role: Employee Benefits Consultant/Broker

Website URL: www.ajg.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Business

LinkedIn Personal

Instagram

Facebook

(651) 350-8803

Gallagher, a global leader in insurance, risk management and consulting services. Much more than simply an insurance broker, we are an international group of partners that provide cost-effective, client-centric, and expertise-driven risk management solutions. Our team is an integral part of your local business community. Wherever you are in the world and whatever your industry might be, we create and uphold a unique culture based on strong values, collaboration, and professional excellence.

How long have you been in business?  3 Years

What do you do?  As a benefits consultant, I make an impact on company’s overall Total Rewards strategy while supporting a company’s larger business initiatives. From employee benefits and insurance to DEI and engagement, I can leverage Gallagher’s strong benchmarking and deep bench of resources to make a difference for the companies that I support.

 Who do you serve? Minnesota companies of all sizes that want to be really think through what they need to truly recruit and retain the best talent.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
Surround yourself with other strong women. It is amazing how contagious and powerful knowing you have others in your corner can be.

January 2022 Member Spotlight

Bailey Aleksander

Jessica Horton

Business name: WA Live Big

Your title/role: Personal Risk Advisor

Website URL: www.walivebig.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Profile Link

Facebook

baleksander@walivebig.com

WA Group is a full-service independent agency, specializing in Business Insurance, Employee Benefits Insurance, Personal Insurance, and Risk Services. Our mission at WA Group is to impact the communities we protect and serve, and community involvement is ingrained in our culture. We embody the values of being Professional, Team Players, and Growth-Driven. We are passionate about our personal development and helping our clients succeed to their greatest potential.

How long have you been in business?  WA Group has been in business since 1893 and 100% employee owned since 1985. Our agency’s history is a long one, and we’re not stopping now. With our deep roots, we hold on to our traditions but look toward the future. 

What do you do?  Being an employee-owner and Personal Risk Advisor at WA Group, I have been assisting families and individuals to protect their most important assets when it matters the most. My commitment to building positive relationships with clients is the cornerstone of my beliefs. I specialize in personal insurance matters such as Homeowners Insurance, Auto Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Recreational Vehicle Insurance, Watercraft Insurance, Rental Property, Farm & Ranch Owners Insurance, Flood Insurance, and Life Insurance. With access to over 15 markets and dual state licenses, I can provide meaningful insight and valuable recommendations to keep your life moving when the worst happens.

Who do you serve? Our agency represents many states for your personal insurance needs. I personally specialize in Minnesota and Wisconsin coverages.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?
My biggest piece of wisdom is to stay “above the line” in all walks of life. Staying on the positive side of things and working with a positive attitude during stressful situations will develop stronger positive results for all those involved. When faced with a difficult situation pause; take time to form a reaction or response that will develop the results you wish to see.

December 2021 Member Spotlight

Deb Axness

Jessica Horton

Business name: Webs by Deb

Your title/role: Owner & Principal Designer 

Website URL: www.websbydeb.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Profile Link

Facebook

deb@websbydeb.com

Webs By Deb provides consulting,expert advice, and development of website presence for organizations and businesses.I listen to clients, examine their existing websites, or create a new website, and provide solutions with accessibility, security, aesthetics, and impact in mind. Webs By Deb also provides consulting and framework for a cohesive digital social media marketing presence for organizations.

How long have you been in business?  2 years. 

What do you do?  WordPress website design, development, support, and maintenance Digital social media marketing strategies Search Engine Optimization for websites Security solutions for websites

Who do you serve?   My clients include small and microbusinesses, nonprofits and other organizations, mostly based in Minnesota.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs? Don’t let fear of failure keep you from believing in yourself and your talents!

I have a broad and deep career as a technology professional, including decades of experience with UNIX/C systems and application coding, design, and architecture. I have worked for Sperry/UNIVAC, Cray Research, Inc. and several other companies. I have been a member of, and past president for, the local Twin Cities chapter of The Association For Women In Computing. My life-long passion for sailing led me to embark on a years-long sabbatical living aboard a sailboat, voyaging from Lake Superior in Duluth to the Caribbean, including much of South America. Along the way, I experienced many different cultures, adventures, and challenges.

November 2021 Member Spotlight

Kelly Hayes Erickson

Jessica Horton

Business name: Carriage House Studio

Your title/role: Owner & Principal Designer 

Website URL: www.carriagehousestudiomn.com

Social media:

Blog 

Insta

Facebook 

Pinterest 

NARI 

LinkedIn Profile Link 

612.619.5560

How long have you been in business?  I started CHS in early 2019, but I have been in the industry in a professional capacity for nearly 15 years. 

What do you do?  We offer a variety of services ranging from simple color consultations to full-service design & remodeling and everything in between. We really tailor our services to meet our client’s needs and wishes.  

Who do you serve?   We serve the greater metro area and we have the ability to work with client’s from all over the world. The vast majority of our clients are young, active families.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?   Hire professionals to do the things you are not good at or knowledgeable about. You don’t have to be good at everything on your own. Trust your team, rely on others, and delegate so that you can focus on what makes you great at what you do.

October 2021 Member Spotlight

Emily Elsner Twesme

Jessica Horton

Business name: Bright Business Consulting

Your title/role: CEO

Website URL: www.brightbusinessconsulting.com

Social media:

LinkedIn Personal

715.214.5427

How long have you been in business? 2 Years

What do you do?  We help  1) business set up internship programs as an ongoing recruitment/retention pipeline and 2) new (often just-promoted) managers with training and coaching. Need to know how to deal with GenZ or how to deal with workplace conflict? We are your people!

My BIG goal is to fundamentally change our work environments to places where people can bring their full selves, and where outside-work endeavors are treated with the same level of respect that we treat during-work endeavors. How is this accomplished? By helping individuals learn to better communicate and manage (themselves and others!)

Who do you serve?   We serve growing businesses and teams; organizations who are having trouble recruiting and retaining quality job candidates.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?   Find a squad of other bad-ass women to go on the journey with you! Being an entrepreneur is amazing and exhilarating and (very often) one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…and often I feel these emotions on the same day. It’s not for the faint of heart, but YOU CAN DO IT. Find people who support your vision and will be honest with you (even if you don’t always want to hear it).

September 2021 Member Spotlight

Rachel Narveson

Jessica Horton

Business name: Proficient Construction & Proficient Consulting Inc

Your title/role: Owner & Business Development Manager

Website URL: www.proficientmn.com

Social media:

Blog
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn Business 
LinkedIn Personal
BBB
Angi List
Yelp

952-594-9110

How long have you been in business? 7 Years

What do you do?  We specialize in roofing, siding, windows, decks, and basement remodels for residential and multifamily. Whether you’re looking to plan an exterior project or remodel, Proficient Construction is here to help. 

Who do you serve?   We serve customers all over the Twin Cities area and are constantly striving to make sure our customers have the smoothest experience possible. Our relationships are based on our commitment to quality and integrity. 

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?   When you’re starting a new business, it’s really easy to get caught up in all the little details especially when you’re building a brand and getting your name out there. One thing that helped me this year was to focus on the “one thing” or the one task that will make a difference to move the needle for the company and to help hit the next milestone. In the beginning stages of your new business, that could be getting your first paying customer or building your first relationship with a vendor or supplier. Later on, this may be adding on a new service or expand into a new market. Most people will overestimate what they can do in a day and get easily distracted by non-revenue generating tasks.  Start each day with knowing what the one thing is and focus several hours into every day before doing anything else. It’s all about staying focused and completing one thing at a time in order to hit the bigger milestones. 

August 2021 Member Spotlight

Jessica Horton

Jessica Horton

Business name: Jessica Horton Coaching & Consulting

Your title/role: Certified Life Coach Practitioner / Life Strategist / Speaker

Website URL: www.jessicahortoncoaching.com

Social media:

LinkedIn-Business

Instagram

How long have you been in business? Since 2020

What do you do? I partner with women to crush their limiting beliefs so you can step into your purpose and accomplish your wildest dreams. I am passionate about meeting you where you are in life and helping you step into the truest, most aligned version of yourself.

Who do you serve? I serve females that are looking to accomplish goals, obtain clarity and/or align their life with where they are truly meant to be. I will also be rolling out a group well-being program to small to mid-sized organizations in the fall designed to help develop resilience for managing stress, raise awareness of personal responses to self, others and situations, learn creative techniques for dealing with challenging circumstances, and expand perspective for seeing opportunities within obstacles.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?

Do it messy. Do it scared. Don’t let fear be the thing holding you back from really going after everything your heart desires. I say this all the time and I believe it deep in my soul – ACTION CREATES CLARITY. Action creates clarity every single time. If you just start, even with so very many unknowns, I promise you, you will figure it out.

July 2021 Member Spotlight

Colleen Moselle

Business name: Fueled Collective (Coworking & Venue)

Your title/role: President and COO

Website URL: www.fueledcollectivemn.com

Social media:

LinkedIn-Personal

LinkedIn-Business

Facebook

Twitter

How long have you been in business? Since 2010

What do you do? Fueled Collective is a membership-based workspace and gathering place tailored to where, when, and how you work. We offer personalized space, service, and events for more sensible work life. With two locations in Minneapolis, we offer a curated set of memberships with flexible terms and spaces that can meet you where you and your work are. Our community is full of professionals who show up each day to an already brewed cup of coffee and a welcoming smile for a highly productive day.

Who do you serve? Anyone who is looking to bring their work and life into balance or to maintain the balance they have already found. We are here to help anyone from individuals to large companies reimagine where and how they work.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share with new women entrepreneurs?

Build your network and capitalize on their collective wisdom and reach. Be thoughtful on who you connect with, think about what you can offer and what your ask is, and don’t leave the opportunity without ASKING!  We are all here to support one another and if I can ever do anything for you, please ask me.

June 2021 Member Spotlight

Leslie Vaillancourt

Business name: CheqrPay

Your title/role: Founder & CEO 

Website URL: https://cheqrpay.com

Social media:

LinkedIn-Personal

LinkedIn-Business

Facebook

How long have you been in business? Since 2019

What do you do? We partner with small nonprofits to help them modernize their online fundraising to maximize their fundraising efforts.

CheqrPay is a Minneapolis based software company that provides online fundraising services for small nonprofit organizations. We provide traditional online fundraising services, helping nonprofits to accept donations on their website, but we do so much more. With CheqrPay, nonprofits can also fundraise offline using a custom QR code generated for every campaign. Hosting a fundraising event, staffing a booth at a festival, or sending a direct mail appeal to your donors? Simply display your CheqrPay QR code and donors scan to give using their mobile device. Integrated mobile wallet technology (Apple Pay and Google Pay) makes it easy to give in as little as 25 seconds. It has never been easier to engage your donors! We support small charitable organizations, community organizations, faith-based organizations, local political groups and campaigns and school PTOs and PTAs.

Who do you serve? We support small charitable organizations, community organizations, faith-based organizations, local political groups and campaigns and school PTOs and PTAs.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurship is exciting and challenging. It can also be isolating. My advice is to seek out like minded individuals working on building their businesses who can form a support system as you face setbacks and celebrate victories. Seek out a network of people who care about you and your business, who are willing to honestly share about their own journey, and who can impart frank, trustworthy advice. These relationships can be key to keeping you motivated and on track for success.

May 2021 Member Spotlight

Katie Jamieson, CAE

Business name: Engage! LLC

Your title/role: CEO

Website URL: www.engagenonprofits.com

Social media:

LinkedIn

How long have you been in business? 2 Years

What do you do? As CEO of Engage! I lead diverse projects and draw on my years of nonprofit and association management leadership. I am passionate about STEM/STEAM programs and investing in the students they bring together to ensure our future includes a diverse STEM ecosystem. I create live and virtual events, empower others through continuing education, and find opportunities amidst crisis and uncertainty.

Building community begins with engagement. At Engage! we focus on a value-driven strategic approach to serving your community. We lead short and long-term projects around community building and engagement, development, live, virtual, and hybrid events, story-driven content, and program management.

Who do you serve? We serve nonprofits, associations, and small businesses for short and long-term projects.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs?
Something I have to remind myself frequently – Believe in yourself!

April 2021 Member Spotlight

Molly Nicholson

Business name: Molecule Marketing

Your title/role: Founder

Website URL: www.molecule.marketing.com

Social media:
Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

How long have you been in business? 5 1/2 years

What do you do? I start by identifying areas that could use improvement and then prioritize the steps the client should take that would have the greatest impact on their ultimate goal of increasing conversions.

Who do you serve?

I partner with local small businesses and solopreneurs. Past clients have been from industries like P&C insurance, real estate, business coaching, restaurant/bar, liquor store, catering, auto detailing, law firm, seasonal event, recruiters, and more.

When I’m not behind my computer or phone, you can often find me running my book club, playing the French horn, or checking out what’s new at my favorite local distilleries.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? Network. Network. Network. Widen the trusted group of people you can go to for advice and to learn about different industries.

December 2020 Member Spotlight

Tiffany Hoeft Consulting

Business name: Tiffany Hoeft Consulting

Your title/role: Mom of 4 + Operations Consultant

Website URL: www.tiffanyhoeft.com

Social media:
Facebook

Instagram

LinkedIn

How long have you been in business? I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 15 years, but pivoted to my current business in fall of 2019.

What do you do? I help high-level, creative entrepreneurs analyze, strategize, and maximize their systems for efficient and effective businesses.  

Who do you serve? Female creative entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and work at home mommas.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? Don’t try to conform or compare to what anyone else is doing. Lean into YOUR true self, your talents and skills. Be fiercely and unapologetically yourself and you will attract your dream clients. And remember, all mistakes are blessings that allow you to grow.

November 2020 Member Spotlight

Alyssa Lund-Kyrola

Business name: Illuminate Boudoir

Your title/role: Photographer

Website URL: http://illuminateboudoir.com/

Social media:
Facebook

Instagram

Pinterest

How long have you been in business? Part-time since 2010, full-time since 2015

What do you do? I am a boudoir photographer! I spend my days at a studio up in NE Minneapolis, where I offer a full-day experience to my clients – they arrive in the morning to my studio, can have professional hair/makeup styling if they choose, we have an incredible photoshoot. They take a little break in the afternoon to have lunch, while I edit and prepare their images and then my clients come back that same afternoon to see their final portraits and place their order. 

On the photography side of things, I have a very elegant, empowering, celebratory style of photography and I specialize in creating printed art for each of my clients (so my clients are coming away with a beautiful printed album or an heirloom box holding a stack of their pictures – especially in the digital age, a tangible photograph feels so unique and special).

On the business side of things, I pride myself on a high-end client experience and a sales process that doesn’t feel salesy. While 75% of my business is boudoir portraits, I also photograph some weddings and lifestyle portraits with my sister brand Alyssa Lund Photography, and I mentor other photographers on fine art sales.

Who do you serve? Most of my clients are planning a photoshoot as an empowering gift to themselves, which is amazing.  An interesting thing I’ve observed is that my clients tend to be passionate professionals who spend their days caring for others (in a wide variety of capacities – teachers, lawyers, social workers, nurses, surgeons, therapists, etc). They’re often advocates who are always lifting up others in their communities – and for them, a boudoir session is a way to turn that love inwards and do something beautiful and celebratory for themselves. 

Inclusivity is a huge goal of mine, so I welcomefolks of all genders to the studio and I have clients of many ages from their 20s to their 70s. It’s an honor to get to know the story of each client and to celebrate their personal journey with meaningful portraits.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? It’s easy to look around and compare yourself to other businesses or women you admire – but I think the secret to creating a business you love is to look inwards and focus on the kind of work that most lights you up. Don’t worry about doing what everyone else is doing; focus on what sets you apart, what you do differently, why you can solve someone’s problem or add to someone’s life in a unique and powerful way. Lean into your uniqueness! 

September 2020 Member Spotlight

Marcia Bethke

Business name: Whole Builders Cooperative

Your title/role: Owner

Website URL: www.wholebuilders.com

Social media:
Facebook

How long have you been in business? Since 1979

What do you do? We are a full service General Contractor. We provide Design/Build Services for Homes, Businesses, Institutions and Government Facilities.

For homes – kitchens, bathrooms, additions, attics, basements, porches, insurance work, etc…

For businesses, institutions and government facilities we do many different types of projects: remodeling, repairs, insurance work, etc..

We are also certified to work with the State of MN through the CADI Waiver program which provides Home Modification Services for qualified individuals to help them stay in their homes. Projects include: widening doorways, ramps, bathroom remodels, etc..

Who do you serve? Homeowners, Business Owners, Churches and Government; i.e. last year we did 3 projects for Hennepin County. And – as noted we also serve the CADI Waiver clients – seniors and handicapped children and adults. We work with the caseworkers.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? As we all know – 2020 is a very challenging year. Hard to see where we will end up. Lots of uncertainty. Whole Builders has been through two other recessions – one in the 80’s and the more recent one which started in 2008. During each – we learned you need to adjust, be nimble and flexible – that meant changing and trying new markets. You also have to really like what you are doing and have the confidence that you will emerge a better company.

August 2020 Member Spotlight

Jeni Ellick

Business name: Artisan Row

Your title/role: Founder & Principal

Website URL: www.theartisanrow.com

Social media channels: 

Instagram

LinkedIn

How long have you been in business?  1.5 years

What do you do?

We help food companies grow their business through innovation strategy and amazing product creation.

Who do you serve?

Any food company really, but we especially love female founded brands in the natural & organic space!

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help so you can spend more time on the parts of the business you love and are best at. It’s worth it to make the investment on the right partners and resources.

April 2020 Member Spotlight

Amber Christian

Business name: Wonderly Software Solutions

Your title/role: Founder

Website URL: www.meetbellascena.com

www.wonderlysoftwaresolutions.com

Social media channels: 

Twitter

LinkedIn

Facebook

How long have you been in business?  Almost three years

What do you do?

I used human centered design to build software solutions that address meeting and productivity challenges to allow you to successfully meet from anywhere.

Who do you serve?

Typically I serve freelancers, as well as small to medium size enterprises. My core customer is anyone interested in improving their meeting effectiveness. It’s often companies that also embrace EOS. Our product, Bella Scena, treats meetings as a process so that we can help you meet from anywhere. We help good meeting facilitators go to great by helping manage the planning, live meeting facilitation, and follow-ups. Our goal for our customers is to help them plan unmissable meetings.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? 

Active listening to existing and prospective customers is very important. Our customers provide us so much valuable feedback. It’s easy to think “I’ve heard that before” which can lead to assumptions. If we’re actively listening and asking questions to make sure we’ve really understood, it can lead to innovative ideas and insights we may have never have previously considered.

March 2020 Member Spotlight

Ashley Oswald

Business name: Oswald Digestive Clinic

Your title/role: Founder + Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Website URL: www.oswalddigestiveclinic.com

Social media channels: 

Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

YouTube

Pinterest

How long have you been in business?  4 years and counting!

What do you do?

We are a virtual clinic that helps people with gut struggles to find gut freedom

Who do you serve?

Adults struggling with gut issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? 

Trust Your Gut (pun intended). There are many paths to being a successful entrepreneur, and I think we need to not just chase what will give us the highest conversions or what will make us the most money, but also what will make us happy. Being able to tune in to your intuition and let that be your guide, in my opinion, will lead you to be successful and happy in your calling.

February 2020 Member Spotlight

Barbara Churchill

Business name: Barbara Churchill Coaching & Consulting

Your title/role: Confidence & Leadership Coach

Website URL: www.barbarachurchill.com/

Social media channels: 

Facebook

LinkedIn

Instagram

YouTube

How long have you been in business?  I’ve been an entrepreneur for over 25 years

What do you do?

I help my clients ditch their doubt and claim their confidence so they can create the career/business and life they crave.

Who do you serve?

Female leaders and business owners

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? 

Just because you think it, doesn’t make it true. You will have a ton of doubt on whether you can make your business work and your brain will tell you all the ways it will fail. Don’t listen. The world needs your brand of brilliance!

January 2020 Member Spotlight

Irene Kelly

Business name: Prisma, LLC

Your title/role: Founder / Leadership & Academic Coach

Website URL: www.PrismaLLC.com

Social media channels: 

LinkedIn

Twitter

How long have you been in business?  Since February 2006 /  14 years

What do you do? 

I work with organizations who value people development as much as the bottom line to create a culture where everyone is safe to be vulnerable, creative and innovative; with educators, students and parents to utilize coaching skills so that students thrive, and with individuals who long to find and live their purpose.

Who do you serve? 

Small to medium organizations; educators, students; and individuals

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? 

Focus on enhancing your self-awareness so that you choose your path and live your purpose.

Lead your life instead of letting your life lead you!

One of my favorite quotes: “Well behaved women rarely make history.”  — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich  

December 2019 Member Spotlight

Connie Bjerk and Michelle Kitsmiller

Business name: Awakened Living, LLC

Your title/role: Connie is a Certified IntraPersonal Guided Imagery Therapist, Life and Spiritual Coach,  and Michelle is a Dr. in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Both are co-owners of the clinic.

Website URL: www.awakenedlivinginfusion.com 

Social media channels: Awakened Living on Facebook; Awakened Living Infusion, on podcasts

How long have you been in business? 5 years together

What do you do? Awakened Living is an integrative clinic that immerses you in your healing potential and personal growth through a network of natural therapies designed specifically for each individual. With over 30 services including acupuncture, Intra-Personal Guided Imagery Therapy, life and spiritual coaching, cupping, face reading, Biomat and a far-infrared sauna, we provide a host of opportunities to create a healing and wellness plan that fits each person’s needs, goals, desires and time.

We also offer quality products that can help facilitate physical, mental and emotional change. From Apex Energetics with its top of the line bioavailable supplementation which can help shift into or create an optimal physical environment for healing, to Floracopeia Essential Oils and Flower Essences which can elevate and move emotions and mental states for your highest good, and more.

It is our personal mission to help you attain a state of being for yourself you have not yet imagined, in all areas of your life.

Beyond our services and products, we also provide many opportunities through programs and classes that will engage you in personal growth via physical, mental, emotional and spiritual means. We are here to meet people where they are and assist them in creating a joyful experience of growth and healing.

Connie Bjerk and Michelle Kitsmiller are also cohosts of the Awakened Living Infusion Radio Show which airs Saturdays at 10:00a.m. on AM950 Radio. The shows are podcasted and can be listened to on our websiteAM950’s website, iTunes, and wherever you get your podcasts.

Location: 3601 Minnesota Dr., #825, Bloomington.

For more information, call 952-452-8583 or visit AwakenedLivingInfusion.com.

Who do you serve? Anyone who desires healing on any level for a plethora of presenting issues.  We work with pain on the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional levels through many therapies.  We help with changing current beliefs or belief systems that no longer work and help to create a new way of living and engaging the world.  So, in a nutshell, anyone who is experiencing all things human- pain, confidence issues, anxiety, fear, nutrition issues- anything we all need help with at one point or another.

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? We sometimes wait for the perfect moment to…  Now is that perfect moment! It’s just as great as any other moment, and there is no time like the present one to step into a future that may be beyond your wildest dreams!  Don’t be afraid to take that leap. There really is no failure- except failing to try. It will be worth every step and growing pain you experience. Also, reach out and ask for help, especially with things that are not in your area of expertise.  Your time is valuable, so make sure to hire someone else to do things that you’d spend precious time and energy researching without getting the results you are looking for. 

November 2019 Member Spotlight

Teresa Meschini

Business name: Famiglia Meschini and Vamos Vinos wines  (we have two wine labels)

Your title/role: President/ chief officer of chaos 

Website: www.FamigliaMeschini.com   www.VamosVinos.com

How long have you been in business? 11 years

What do you do? We produce and import wine from Argentina.  My husband who is Argentine works with his family in the production of the wine in Mendoza, Argentina.  I run the business side, market the wines to distributors in different states, promote the wines thru wine dinners and events. I am also starting to organize travel groups to Argentina to do vineyard tour and experience the culture, food and amazing wine in Mendoza, Argentina.  

Who do you serve? Anyone who enjoys wine! We sell our wine thru a local distributor to local restaurants and liquor stores. Famiglia Meschini wine is a more established brand that has been around for 11 years and Vamos Vino (Malbec in a can) is new to the market and we are excited about reaching out to a different market of younger wine drinkers. 

What’s one tip or piece of wisdom you’d share to new women entrepreneurs? I found being an entrepreneur very lonely and I was floundering by myself. I joined WEMN for the company of other women and have found it invaluable in so many ways. Having a mentor, Anita Nelson, was life changing for me. She helped us develop a new label Vamos Vino with the naming and label design. Also, I feel like checking in with other women entrepreneurs keeps me accountable. Its kind of like having a workout partner to get you to the gym. Other women business owners inspire me to be more fearless and resilient in my work. Besides, I’m social and love meeting other women and am always looking for opportunities to partner and bring other businesses up.  

Connect with Teresa’s businesses on social:

Famiglia Meschini Wines on Facebook

Famiglia Meschini Wines on Instagram

Vamos Vino on Facebook

VamosVino on Instagram