The 25th Annual Women Mean Business Fundraiser is November 13, 2020!


Women Mean Business Fundraiser, Friday, Nov. 13

4:20 pm – ​Pre-event Show

4:30 pm – Virtual Program Begins

  • A word from WomenVenture's CEO and Board Chair
  • Celebrating Resiliency: Watch inspiring stories of our award winners
  • Interactive Conversation: Jearlyn Steele & Dessa on resiliency
  • Performances by Dessa and Jearlyn Steele

5:15 pm – Virtual Program Ends

Happy hour in the VIP lounges: 5:16 - 6 pm

Explore and shop the marketplace, take some photos, and chat with friends new and old in the virtual VIP lounges.

Marketplace: Open Saturday, Nov. 7  –  Saturday, Nov. 21
Silent Auction: Open Saturday, Nov 7 – Friday, Nov 13 at 4:30 pm

Special Guests

Join local powerhouses Dessa and Jearlyn Steele in a conversation on resiliency. Each will speak from their unique perspective about life as an entrepreneur, resiliency during COVID-19, civil unrest, and how to keep going. 


Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations: her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, six sold-out shows with the Minnesota Orchestra–including a live recording, Sound the Bells, released in November 2019–and a top-200 entry on the Billboard charts for her 2018 album Chime. As an author, she’s written for the New York Times, released two literary collections, and published My Own Devices, a memoir-in-essays with Dutton Books.

Charismatic, smart, funny and heartfelt are just a few adjectives used to describe Jearlyn Steele. Whether she is singing, speaking or emceeing, she leaves an audience wanting more. As a member of the internationally acclaimed family, The Steeles, Jearlyn has performed from South America to Europe. For ten years, she has been an Entertainment Reporter for Twin Cities Public Television’s award-winning political show Almanac interviewing local, national and international acts. As a keynote speaker, facilitator and emcee, Jearlyn has inspired audiences from Minnesota to New York to the Caribbean.  Maintaining her CBS Sunday night radio show—Steele Talkn’ on WCCO Radio 830AM, heard in thirty states and most of Canada has been a joy for more nearly two decades.  

Award Winners

Three WomenVenture clients will be honored this year with awards including Social Enterprise Award, Expanding Business Award, and a new pandemic year award: the Resilience Award. 

We are also honoring a woman who has contributed in a substantial way to women's entrepreneurial success in the Twin Cities with the Catalyst Award.

Social Enterprise Award: Joy McBrien, Fair Anita

Expanding Business Award: Devi James, Scrapbusters

Resilience Award: Julie Steller, Steller Handcrafted Goods LLC

Catalyst Award: Amalia Moreno-Damgaard, founder of WeMN


Open November 7 through November 21

Shop your old favorites and find some new ones at our online Marketplace. The Women Mean Business Marketplace will be open for business a week before, and a week after, our event. That’s right! TWO FULL WEEKS! Come ready to shop and support our fabulous Twin Cities businesses.

Looking to be a vendor at Women Mean Business 2020? Click here to learn more.

Table Sponsors

Early Bird, until Oct 12: $1,200
Oct 13: $1,500

Bring the in-person parts of Women Mean Business that you love - like sitting at a table with your friends and colleagues. With a VIP lounge for your guests, and celebration boxes full of women-owned goodies, it’ll be as if you’re celebrating in-person. To guarantee box delivery, you must reserve your table by October 15.

Contact Development Director Lisa Zellmer to reserve your table today! | 612.224.9546

It’s so inspiring to see people who’ve had success as women entrepreneurs creating businesses and helping our communities.

Bridget Essma,
Senior Vice President & Operational Risk Manager,
Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Registration is Open!

For the first time ever, a single ticket to Women Mean Business is entirely FREE. Grab your friends, and get ready for an incredible night celebrating entrepreneurial excellence. 


Stay tuned to meet the Women Mean Business Marketplace vendors, representing 25 women-owned businesses. Get ready to shop apparel, accessories, food, housewares, and more!

Silent Auction

An auction unlike any other. Check out our incredible experiences from local women-owned businesses before bidding even starts! 

From custom portraits to a mini-vacation, our silent auction has something for everyone.

Women Mean Business Partners

Interested in being a partner for the 25th Annual Women Mean Business Luncheon & Marketplace? Contact Development Director Lisa Zellmer:

Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

Celebration Box

VIP Lounge


Photobooth Partner

Silver Partners

Bronze Partners

Media Partners