Women’s Business Alliance


The Women’s Business Alliance is focused on leaders like you. We are a committed partner in owners’ growth and success, providing a powerful nexus for networking, capital, and strategic support. Whether you own an enterprise-level business or are preparing to expand or launch a new venture, the Alliance provides expert support for women entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota, central Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.

We Offer

The Women’s Business Alliance provides women business owners with services to grow, finance or start a business. We have resources specific to women including advising and networking opportunities that support strategies for professional and business growth. We are a regional resource for women in business to expand leadership talents and capabilities.

  • COVID-19 Recovery & Rebuilding Support

    During these unprecedented times we are experiencing a major disruption of “business as usual” and we need to rethink how to do business now and in the post-COVID times to come. We realize that there won’t be a return to normal, instead we will need to adjust to a new normal. The Women’s Business Alliance Central and North are joining forces to provide expanded services directed at recovery and rebuilding efforts for small business owners. All additional programming opportunities will be posted to this website, our social media pages, and sent to everyone subscribed to our email.

    To kickoff this work, we are providing a weekly Ignite Webinar Series: COVID-19 Recovery and Rebuilding. This series is designed to connect you with content experts from a variety of industries to help you think through your business practices, processes and procedures to address the concerns around COVID-19 and planning in general to help your business prepare for our new reality as well as future threats. Access past webinar recordings and resources or sign up for future webinars here http://info.entrepreneurfund.org/igniteseries

    Contact us today for assistance in navigating this current crisis. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive weekly updates on webinars and resources or updates from local/state/federal and partners.


The Women’s Business Alliance offers programs tailored specifically to the needs and growth of women entrepreneurs.

  • WBA Regions

    Central Region Map

    WBA Central Region includes the counties of:

    • Benton
    • Crow Wing
    • Kanabec
    • Mille Lacs
    • Morrison
    • Stearns
    • Todd
    Norther Region Map

    WBA North Region includes the counties of:

    • Aitkin
    • Carlton
    • Cass
    • Cook
    • Douglas, WI
    • Itasca
    • Koochiching
    • Lake
    • Pine
    • St. Louis

    Benton County, Foley, Gilman, Rice, Royalton (part), Saint Cloud (part), Sartell (part), Sauk Rapids, Crow Wing County, Baxter, Brainerd, Crosby, Crosslake, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Fort Ripley, Garrison, Ironton, Jenkins, Lake Hubert, Merrifield, Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Kanabec, Braham, Grasston, Mora, Ogilvie, Quamba, Mille Lacs, Bock, Foreston, Isle, Milaca, Onamia, Pease, Priceton, Wahkon, Morrison County, Morrison County, Bowlus, Buckman, Cushing, Lincoln and Randall, Elmdale, Flensburg, Harding, Hillman, Lastrup, Little Falls, Motley, Pierz and Genola, Randall, Royalton, Sobeski, Swanville, Upsala, Stearns County, Albany, Avon, Belgrade, Brooten, Clearwater, Cold Spring, Eden Valley, Elrosa, Freeport, Greenwald, Holdingford, Kimball, Lake Henry, Meire Grove, Melrose , New Munich, Paynesville, Richmond, Rockville, Roscoe, St. Anthony, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, St. Martin, St. Rosam, St. Stephen, Sartell, Sauk Centre, Spring Hill, Waite Park, Todd County, Bertha, Browerville, Burtrum, Clarissa, Eagle Bend, Grey Eagle, Hewitt, Long Prairie, Osakis, Staples, West Union.


    The Small Business Administration’s Learning Center has a variety of resources including webinars on starting businesses, expanding management skills, and confirming business compliance regulations. Click here to visit the site.

    The Women’s Business Alliance Central and North are both certified Women’s Business Centers through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Women’s Business Centers (WBCs) represent a successful public-private partnership between the SBA and non-profit entrepreneurial development organizations across the country. There are over 100 WBCs across the country dedicated to serving women and clients that are economically and socially disadvantaged.


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    Karine Woodman

    “We’re in the business of being trusted. We take care of people’s babies, their financials, and that takes a lot of trust. We truly care and want our clients to be successful.”

    Financing and Guidance for Growth

    Twenty years ago, not many would have predicted that Minnesota’s Cuyuna Range would become competitive in the technology services industry. As significant investments were made to technology infrastructure in the region, Jim Mayne, President at Deerwood Technologies, recognized an opportunity to become the premier IT solutions provider in central Minnesota.