Women-owned businesses focus of Nov. 1 fundraising event

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October 22, 2013 // UPDATED 4:04 pm - October 22, 2013
By: Anna Lin // Murphy News Service
Anna Lin // Murphy News Service

Local businesses owned by women will be the focus at the seventh annual Maiden Minnesota 2013 fundraising, shopping event Nov. 1.

Featured businesses this year, will promote their unique designs and food items. Part of the profit would go to its charity partner, the Makers Coalition, a nonprofit organization that focuses on preserving America’s industrial sewing industry.

“Creative is our No. 1 priority,” said Jen Stack, Relish Minds Public Relation professional. Stack and Tracy Dyer, founder of Urban Junket, launched Maiden Minnesota in 2007. The organization supports local and national businesses owned by women.

Maiden Minnesota helped me to “raise my profile, connect with a wider community, and support the charity,” said Bridget Clark, a jewelry designer participating for the third year. Clark added that the event spurred her sales. It also helped her stay connected with other retailers and vendors.

More than 1,200 women attended last year’s event where approximately $20,000 was raised, Stack said. “The attendance has doubled in time (since the first event).”

“I am going to bring my ‘A’ game,” said Mary C Bruno, owner of Bruno Press. This will be Bruno’s first year participating in Maiden Minnesota.

Maiden Minnesota 2013 will be held in the Graves|601 Hotel, 601 N 1st Ave.

Anna Lin is studying journalism at the University of Minnesota. Learn about the Murphy News Service at www.murphynewsservice.org.