The Entrepreneur Fund Announces Sixth Annual Women’s Opportunity Weekend

Julie West

Scott Thuen

Duluth, Minnesota – March 9, 2017: The Entrepreneur Fund’s Women’s Business Alliance (WBA) is pleased to announce its sixth annual Women’s Opportunity Weekend, April 27 to 29, 2017 at Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay, MN.The weekend will be facilitated by Julie West, expert business consultant, strategist and coach. As a strategic partner, West will encourage regional women entrepreneurs to take control and move forward.

Julie West is a catalyst for moving forward. She is a dedicated to helping business owners grow by helping them define strategies and accomplish organizational goals. West inspires all levels of a company to drive innovation through collaborative teams and staff enablement. From developing a company culture and understanding financial forecasts, to personal development and attracting and retaining talent, West helps business owners develop strategies for growth and success.

This year’s Women’s Opportunity Weekend will explore impactful leadership, helping entrepreneurs to: 

  • Understand unique leadership styles
  • Identify and build on personal strengths
  • Define healthy boundaries
  • Share strategies, wins and expertise
  • Connect with other leaders

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“We are excited to have Julie West facilitate Women’s Opportunity Weekend this year. Julie’s passion for entrepreneurship is contagious and inspiring and I know she has much to offer women business owners in our region,” said Meg Thoreson, Director of Strategic Services. “Each year, the WBA’s Women’s Opportunity Weekend gives women entrepreneurs in our region a chance to dive deep into their business and set a path for growth and success. Taking time away to refocus always leaves entrepreneurs refreshed, excited and ready to dive back in.”

2017 Women’s Opportunity Weekend Program Details

Dates: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 4:00pm – Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12:00pm

Location: Cove Point Lodge in Beaver Bay, MN

Cost: $495 includes accommodations, meals, materials and expert facilitation

Tuition assistance may be available to you. The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation offers limited scholarships through their Small Business Education Fund. The assistance lowers your investment to $99. Applications must be received by March 15, 2017. Contact Amanda Rolfe by email or call  218-623-5729 for more information.

The Women’s Opportunity Weekend is offered annually by the WBA, a program of the Entrepreneur Fund.  Other services offered by the WBA and Entrepreneur Fund include Mastermind Roundtables, IGNITE women’s forums, business reviews, strategy planning and financing. The WBA is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

“The facilitators for Women’s Opportunity Weekend 2016 were top-notch. Ali Rodway and Jeannie Czerner of LoveJoy Leadership had so much to teach us,” said Mary Wimmer, CEO and Founder of Trillium Leadership Development in Grand Rapids, MN. “The Entrepreneur Fund did a fantastic job coordinating the event and fostering connections with other women entrepreneurs in the region.”

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About The Entrepreneur Fund

The Entrepreneur Fund is the resource for entrepreneurs in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The Entrepreneur Fund has fueled more than 12,000 businesses with expert support and funded over $25 million in loans since 1989. The Entrepreneur Fund is dedicated to strengthening entrepreneurship in the region, while also supporting and increasing economic development. Through this strategic approach, the Entrepreneur Fund promotes the entrepreneurial spirit and helps create economic wealth and diversity in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin.  For more information, visit