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April 3, 2018

I had a lovely lunch with the owner of “You Betcha! Cupcakes.” Typically it’s hard to find someone who stays as busy as I do, but when Julie Herrera-Lemler started talking about her schedule, my head spun. Not only does she have a full-time job at a construction compan...

January 31, 2018

It seemed appropriate that for my second minority-owned business feature I speak with the owner of one of my favorite restaurants in town. Joe Phillips, owner of Jersey Jo's, and I chatted about what its like to run a restaurant in Rochester, MN.

Joe has only been a res...

December 22, 2017

I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Michael Phen of Phen Jewelers as my first Minority Owned Business Spotlight. I could not have chosen a better first interview. Michael was inviting, warm, and passionate about his business. I stumbled upon Phen Jewelers a c...

December 6, 2017

For my blog posts going forward, I (Heidi) will be interviewing the owners of minority- and woman-owned businesses.  We will be digging into how they got their start, what their motivation was to become a business owner, and some of the obstacles they face.  I hope thi...

October 31, 2017

You wouldn’t think it would be hard to write a few paragraphs about yourself until you’re asked on your sixth day of work at the Diversity Council to do just that. So I have been staring at a blank screen wondering, what would anyone want to know, how deep should I go,...

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