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Women’s Business Alliance North recognized with Excellence Award

The WBA North serves women entrepreneurs in seven counties in Northeastern Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin

DULUTH, Minn. – On Monday, women-owned businesses were recognized for their part in the community.

Women’s Business Alliance North was named a 2024 Women’s Business Center of Excellence in Minnesota.

The WBA North supports female entrepreneurs with advice, training and opportunities. At Mexico Lindo, a discussion was held for female entrepreneurs who shared their experiences in entrepreneurship.

“Ultimately, we exist to serve the women in our region,” said Sandi Larson, executive director of WBA North. “And it is because they took the risk and because they did these things that I am now recognized. We were just a small part of their courage to get out and start their business and grow their business.”

One of the women at the discussion was Lorena Velez, owner of Mexico Lindo. Lorena took over the restaurant in 2020 and says she was able to do this thanks to the support around her.

“Even though I was already in the industry, it felt like I was walking in complete darkness, but with great guidance and people supporting you and being with you, it’s a reality again,” Velez said.

The WBA North serves women entrepreneurs in seven counties in Northeastern Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin. With a focus on helping women of color and women from low-income households.