Women's Business Alliance

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Run by women, for women

The Women’s Business Alliance is dedicated to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage of their business journey. The WBA provides specialized advising, training for professional growth, networking and access to capital for women business owners across our region.

The WBA is a program of the Entrepreneur Fund,
and a certified Women’s Business Center of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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WBA Programs and Events

Women’s Business Masterminds

Applications now open for 2024 Women’s Business Mastermind! Join a small group of ambitious women entrepreneurs looking to bridge gaps in their business and embrace growth and possibilities.

In the Women’s Business Masterminds, you'll join a small group of fellow women business owners and a certified business coach once a month over six months to help you find solutions to your business challenges, share your goals and hold one another accountable to achieve them.

These masterminds, one in the WBA Central region and one in the WBA North region, will provide a confidential space to discuss challenges, exchange ideas, and gain valuable insights from a supportive network of non-competing businesses.

Why Join the Women's Business Mastermind?

The benefits of joining the Women's Business Mastermind are numerous:

  • Gain fresh perspectives: Get valuable feedback and advice from a diverse range of experienced women entrepreneurs.
  • Boost accountability: Share your goals with your mastermind and hold each other accountable for achieving them.
  • Build meaningful connections: Expand your network and forge lasting friendships with inspiring women who understand your unique challenges.
  • Amplify your success: Celebrate your wins and get the encouragement you need to overcome obstacles and close growth gaps.

Is the Women's Business Mastermind right for you?

If you're a female entrepreneur who ...

  • Has been in business for at least one year
  • Is able to attend one in-person meeting a month for six months
  • Has the drive to close the gap between yur current business state and your vision of success

This mastermind could be the game-changers you've been looking for!

How do I apply? What is the cost?

Applications remain open the WBA Central region mastermind in St. Cloud, MN. Spots are limited! Apply today!

Our team will review your application and notify you of your selection two weeks prior to the first meeting. Upon selection for this program, there's a $600 participation fee.

The Women’s Business Mastermind is funded in part by the Bridging the Gap Fund and the Growth by Design/SheLeads event.

North Region Mastermind

  • Dates: May 23 - Oct. 24 (fourth Thursday of each month) – 5/23, 6/27, 7/25, 8/22, 9/26, 10/24
  • Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Location: Duluth – EFund 2nd floor conference room – 202 W. Superior St. Duluth, MN 55802
  • Facilitators: Sandi Larson and Lori Coda-Peterson, owner/coach Codavision

Central Region Mastermind

  • Dates: June 18 - Nov. 19 (third Tuesday of each month) - 6/18, 7/16, 8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/19
  • Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
  • Location: Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation - 501 W St Germain St #100, St Cloud, MN 56301
  • Facilitators: Sandy Voigt and Michelle Massman, CEO Massman Companies

She Leads Conference

A dynamic gathering that celebrates and cultivates the multifaceted brilliance of female leaders.

Whether you're a powerhouse entrepreneur, a savvy executive, a trailblazing manager, a changemaker shaking up your community, or a leader within your home, this event is your playground for growth and empowerment.

Why it's different: Personalized business advice served up with a side of supportive vibes from a panel of entrepreneurial experts, keynote sessions that'll leave you buzzing with ideas, 15 hands-on learning sessions to level up your leadership skills (in all areas of life!), and networking opportunities galore with amazing women from every corner of Minnesota.

When is it: April 4, 2024, from 9 AM - 4:30 PM at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd, Minnesota.

A portion of the proceeds of the She Leads Conference are donated to the Women's Business Alliance to support women entrepreneurs in our region with access to capital, strategic advising and educational programs.

Duluth Women’s 10 Mile

This is more than a race. It’s an opportunity to close gender gaps.

In partnership with Duluth Running Company, proceeds from the Duluth Women’s 10 Mile , go to the Bridge the Gap Fund, which provides women entrepreneurs in the region the resources to build and grow sustainable businesses. The Fund provides women business owners accessibility to participate in WBA events and programs, like the Women’s Business Masterminds, through scholarship opportunities.

Register to run or volunteer for the next race on September 28, 2024.

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The Women Business Alliance is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

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