Women Mean Business

On October 13, nearly 1,000 people gathered together to celebrate WomenVenture's 40th anniversary at the Women Mean Business Luncheon & Marketplace! Hosted by the talented Jearlyn Steele, the event was fun, inspirational, and powerful!

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Event Overview

  • An elegant room draped in red for our ruby anniversary
  • A red rose at each place setting, courtesy of Wells Fargo
  • Surprise appearance by Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Musical medley performed by Jearlyn Steele and her award-winning brother Billy Steele
  • Marketplace filled with over 40 women-owned businesses
  • Three amazing award winners and inspiring videos
  • Keynote speaker Anne Hed's impactful entrepreneurial story and her entrance cycling up to the stage
  • A generous donation from Anne Hed

2017 - A Successful Event!

Thanks to the support of our corporate funders, table sponsors, and individual donors, we were able to meet our fundraising goal to help support women entrepreneurs.

Anne Hed
CEO of Hed Cycling

Anne Hed is a woman in motion. As a young triathlete, she walked into Steve Hed’s bike shop and asked him to sponsor her in a race. That meeting would ultimately lead to romance AND a thriving business developing and selling some of the fastest bike wheels on the market. Today, Hed Cycling, based in Roseville, Minnesota, is a multi-million dollar manufacturer whose products are used by the best athletes in the world, including MN’s own Gwen Jorgenson, who won the USA’s first triathlon gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Forbes Magazine recently named Hed Cycling one of their 2017 “Small Giants” – a recognition bestowed upon only 25 of the best small companies in America.

Interested in Becoming a Partner?

When you support Women Mean Business, you support the dreams of women entrepreneurs in the Twin Cities. We have a variety of giving levels to suit your budget. Sample benefits include luncheon table for 10, logo placement on the website and event signage, recognition during the event program, and more!

Absolutely incredible event. So happy to have been a part and will continue. I felt very motivated after this event and am proud to be in a community where WomenVenture exists and promotes women in business.