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Winona Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Will Kitchen, with Winona State and Christine Beech, with St. Mary’s University, will be speaking about their work developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Winona and the need to engage and recruit women into the process. They will also discuss their programs through the universities and how they impact entrepreneurship within the schools and communities.

Luncheon Date October 15, 2020 – Meeting will be a Zoom Invite sent early the week of by email.


September 28th, 2020|

2020 Vicki Decker Scholarship Presentation

Vicki Decker, Founding Chair of Women in Business, is the Career Services Director Emerita of Winona State University. Vicki has always been passionate about nurturing and promoting women, encouraging them to achieve their full potential. She has sponsored scholarships for women in aviation and for students to study abroad so they can expand their horizons. She has been a part of the Winona community since coming here for college. She has held professional offices at the state and national level and has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Vicki always says one of her most prized recognition’s was when she was honored by WIB with the scholarship and we are honored to have her at our June Zoom Luncheon to present our 2020 Scholarship Awards. Please join us to celebrate our recipients and network!

Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM CDT
Zoom Meeting Information Coming Soon

Women In Business Luncheons – On Hold

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we have been unable to host our usual luncheons these past couple of months. Thank you for sticking with us through this time with your continued support! We will keep you updated on what we are doing and how we can modify our events to bring us together.

Canceled – Strategic Brand Management

The March 19th luncheon as been canceled due to COVID-19 .  We will try reschedule this event at a later time.

The Strategic Brand Management Speaker Ryan White WSU

At our March Luncheon, Ryan White, Professor with Winona State University, will discuss how Strategic brand management can be a source of sustained competitive advantage if executed properly. Unfortunately, how to build a “strong” brand is often discussed yet often misunderstood. Building a “strong” brand requires more than choosing an attractive logo, a cool font, and a good color scheme – it requires an understanding of the role brands play in customers lives and the implications for marketers.
You will leave with:

  1. An understanding of the biggest problem facing your customers and why your customers struggle to solve this problem.
  2. An understanding of the role brands play in helping your customers solve the biggest problem they have in their life.
  3. An understanding of the real definition of “brand loyalty”.
March 4th, 2020|

Minnesota Economy Today & Long-Term Trajectory

Ron Wirtz will discuss the current state and long-term trajectory of the Minnesota economy, reviewing trends in recent economic activity, annual output, job growth, hiring demand and other measures across the state and in the Winona region, with special emphasis on the role of labor supply on future economic growth. Ron also uses an interactive survey to anonymously poll attendees to gauge how firms are performing in the current economy, and what their outlook is for 2020.

Please bring your cell phones for an interactive activity!

Ron Wirtz is a Regional Outreach Director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Ron’s primary responsibilities involve tracking current business conditions across the six-state Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, northwest Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas and Montana. Ron tracks activity in employment and wages – which are central to the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate of promoting stable prices and maximum employment – along with construction, real estate, tourism and consumer spending. Part of Ron’s work includes extensive outreach to business and community leaders, and he gives frequent speeches on Ninth District regional economies. Ron is a contributor to the Beige Book, which is a report of current business conditions published by the Federal Reserve System every six weeks. Previous to this position, Ron was the editor of the fedgazette, a regional business and economics journal published by the Minneapolis Fed. Here, he conducted in-depth research on such topics as labor markets and job growth, health care consolidation, the Bakken oil boom, income mobility, disability, public pensions, and many others.

February 20, 2020

nate-allys-luncheon-location  Thank You to Nate & Ally’s for our Luncheon Location 109 E 3rd St, Winona, MN


January 28th, 2020|