Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase and Awards awardees

You’re Invited: Emerging Entrepreneur Event

ST. CLOUD, MN—The Initiative Foundation invites the public to the 2023 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at The Clearing in Sauk Rapids.

This first-ever event will celebrate early-stage entrepreneurs who have launched or grown businesses with Initiative Foundation and partner support in the St. Cloud area. The event will feature free food samples and a marketplace with products and services available for purchase. The awards ceremony will feature stories and highlights of successful entrepreneurs and will honor small businesses across a variety of categories.

There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is required at ifound.org/economy/showcase-awards.

The 2023 Emerging Entrepreneur Showcase & Awards event will honor five awardees, all of whom are graduates of the Initiative Foundation’s Enterprise Academy:

Community Impact Award: Ali Aden, Bridge Healing Center
Food Business of the Year: Ashley Williams, Ashley’s Yummy Rollz
New Business of the Year: Lam Chuol, of Lam’s Tax Service
Product of the Year: Anisa Hagi-Mohamed, Anisa Hagi, LLC, Kalsooni Affirmation Cards
Product of the Year: Antionette Lee, No Limit Painting, “You Can Be Anything” Painting Book

“This event is a celebration of creativity, ingenuity and the power of entrepreneurship,” said Brian Voerding, vice president for inclusive entrepreneurship at the Initiative Foundation. “We believe that supporting emerging entrepreneurs is vital for the economic growth and vitality the Greater St. Cloud area.”

The Clearing in Sauk Rapids provides the perfect environment for attendees to sample food offerings, connect, network and encourage the success of these small businesses.

Vendors showcasing their products and services include:


  • 33rd Meat and Grocery
  • Arroy Thai and Filipino
  • Ashley’s Yummy Rollz
  • Cori D’s Taste of Texas
  • Food 4Da Soul
  • Hormud Deli and Food
  • Queen of Soul Food
  • The Patagonia
  • Too Much Talent
  • Ya Sure Kombucha


  • Advancing Together
  • Anisa Hagi, LLC
  • Asha’s Beauty
  • Blooming Kids Child Care Center
  • Bratz Dance Team
  • Bridge Healing Center
  • Dhalat Beauty
  • Emotion in Motion
  • herARTS in Action
  • Lam Tax Service, LLC
  • NiNi’s Twerk Shop
  • No Limit Painting
  • Sigma Consulting & Training