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Sandra Schlaefer July 2017 Feature Member

Sandra Schlaefer started in the insurance industry while she was still a student working on her marketing degree. In 1987, she accepted a job in the file room of a small insurance company, MidAmerica Mutual Life, because a friend told her that the insurance industry …Read More


Alyza Bohbot; June 2017 Featured Member

Alyza Bohbot never intended on taking over her family’s Duluth-based coffee supply business, Alakef Coffee Roasters. “My parents and I had the conversation a couple times about whether I would [one day run the business],” Alyza says. “I always said ‘no, that’s your dream, it’s …Read More

Jeanne Sorby

Jeanne Sorby; May 2017 Featured Member

Jeanne Sorby is a certified project management professional within the Information Technology (IT) space. Jeanne has a passion for IT and is driven to help small- to medium-sized businesses realize their IT investments through frameworks that foster improved business performance. With over 25 years of …Read More

Phakamani Foundation

Community Spotlight: Phakamani Foundation

Phakamani means “rise up” in isiZulu, and is pronounced, “pug – ah – ma – nee.” Phakamani Foundation empowers poor women to succeed at micro-enterprise. Their integrated program of micro-enterprise training, group loans, and on-going support lead to income, savings, and hope for the next …Read More