WomenVenture Announces 2012 Award Winners
Two Local Women-Owned Businesses Honored at Fall Event
Posted on: Wed, 9/5/12
On October 12, more than 1,000 community members and leaders will gather at The Depot in Minneapolis to celebrate women in business at WomenVenture's Fall Event. The annual fundraising luncheon will feature an awards ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of two local women-owned businesses--Appmosphere and The HopeFULL Company. The Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained award recipients will be featured in a video production capturing their journeys to becoming successful entrepreneurs, and will be presented with a unique plaque.
WomenVenture has been dedicated to providing women with the tools and resources to achieve economic success for more than 30 years. Last year, the organization stimulated the economy by helping start, expand or strengthen 113 small businesses like Appmosphere and The HopeFULL Company through its entrepreneurial development classes and services. Those businesses created 74 jobs, an estimated $1.6 million in new salaried income, and generated more than $60,000 in individual income tax.
Through its microloan program, WomenVenture loaned $277,000 to 14 business development clients. At the end of the year, its outstanding loan portfolio was $675,000, and had a low average default rate of four percent.
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained Award Winners
Laura Ooley, Appmosphere
When Apple’s first iPhone was launched in 2007, like many people, Laura Ooley and her husband Nathan recognized its potential to fundamentally change how people communicate. Unlike many, they chose to do something about it. Read more
Stephanie Williams and Jessica Welsch, The HopeFULL Company
When a family friend was undergoing chemotherapy and asked for their assistance in creating nutritious meals she could eat on a weak stomach, sisters Stephanie Williams and Jessica Welsch were eager to assist. Read more
2012 WomenVenture Fall Event
Join us for the 17th annual WomenVenture Fall Event honoring women in the Twin Cities. The fundraising luncheon, presented by Wells Fargo, will feature keynote speaker and Minnesota native Thia Breen, President of North America for Estée Lauder Companies. An awards ceremony will recognize the accomplishments of two local women-owned businesses, and a special marketplace will feature products and services from local businesses and WomenVenture entrepreneurial clients.
Date: Friday, October 12, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: The Depot - 225 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Honorary Event Chair: Linda Donaldson
Keynote Speaker: Thia Breen
Emcee: Jearlyn Steele
Event Features: Annual Awards, Client Showcase, Marketplace
Schedule of Events
10:30 a.m. - Marketplace and Client Showcase
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. - Program, Lunch, and Keynote Presentation
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. - Shopping and Networking in the Marketplace
Single ticket - $140
Table of 10 - $1,400
Standout & Emerging Leaders Table - $3,500