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Name: Cassondra Greene  

Business:  Green Frame Events

Quote: “The women and the resources in the SOAR Success Circle Mastermind program have been so amazing to my small business and propelling me forward. The accountability aspect empowered me to build systems that has strengthened my business. Even after the program officially ended, we have all stayed in touch and continue to be a support and resource for each other.”   


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Name: Tiersa Wodash  

Business: Brick & Mortar 

Quote: “The Mastermind group provided me with accountability and encouragement from fellow business owners who have now become my friends.  I was given a platform to discuss what was and was not working in my business and hear feedback from group members what has worked for them.  I would get a myriad of ideas and always take away something valuable.   Over the 6 months we each had our own highs and lows; it was so wonderful to have a supportive group of female entrepreneurs to cheer on my successes and support me when I needed it.” 

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Name: Stacy Crawford  

Business: Klear Water Coaching and Wellness  

Quote: “I so appreciated getting to know the women in our group. We all learned from each other and shared deeply some of the struggles we were having both personally and professionally. We also celebrated one another and encouraged each other to move on to the next level. I really appreciated the honest feedback about my ideas and website. Most of all, I needed the accountability to continue to take steps to grow my business. 

Personally, despite challenging life circumstances, I was able to launch my website and apply and receive the E Fund loan (and pay it off!). I also landed a new coaching client contracts! I had been floundering around for years, prior to this group and the coaching I received, and now I am ready to step into the light and do what I do best.” 

Hear from more local businesses below!

Bailey Builds in Duluth, MN:  

Dr. Chiamaka Enemuoh in Proctor, MN:  

Art Unlimited in Angora, MN:  


About the Entrepreneur Fund 

At the Entrepreneur, we actively partner with entrepreneurs to create growing businesses, thriving communities, and a diverse regional economy. We have been working diligently to foster entrepreneurship and grow small businesses for over 30 years. No matter the stage of your business, we can help you move forward. Whether you are getting started, growing or expanding, we offer programs, loans, and resources that can help you tackle your business goals. Learn more at  

Women’s Business Alliance  

The Women’s Business Alliance is a program of the Entrepreneur Fund dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs to start and grow sustainable businesses. The program provides specialized advising, training, networking and access to capital for women entrepreneurs across 17 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  

Local women entrepreneurs directly benefit from funds raised at Bridging the Gap. The Bridging the Gap Fund was created to benefit the Women’s Business Alliance, a program of the Entrepreneur Fund that is dedicated to supporting women at every stage of entrepreneurship. Last year, the Entrepreneur Fund worked with 1817 entrepreneurs, 70% of whom identified as women. The funds raised l go towards programming that directly supports local women small business owners.  

A word from the Director of Women’s Business Alliance – North, Sandi Larson   

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“The Entrepreneur Fund is grateful to be a part of this amazing event in partnership with Duluth Running Company and event sponsors. The energy and support for women on race day is contagious and inspiring! The generous contribution made to our Women’s Business Alliance program during its inaugural year has enabled us to create the Bridging the Gap Fund, which supports local women entrepreneurs across the Northland by increasing accessibility to the programs and resources that help women as they start and grow their business.” 

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