About Minneapolis Black Business Week

Mayor Jacob Frey

“Minneapolis is home to a host of exceptional Black-owned businesses.  Throughout Minneapolis Black Business Week we’ll celebrate the ways they’re making our city a better place, highlight procurement opportunities, and connect them with services and City staff to help them grow and stay in Minneapolis.” 

Internal Organizing Team

  • Shauen Pearce, Director of Economic Development & Inclusion Policy, Office of Mayor Frey |  Overall direction & coordination, continuity, branding/marketing
  • Zoe Thiel, Manager, Small Business Team 
  • Erik Hansen, Economic Development 
  • Jim Terrell, Business Development
  • Tabitha Fischer, Business Development 
  • Deb Bahr-Helgen, Workforce Development 
  • Velma Korbel, Civil Rights
  • Joy Marsh-Stephens, Division of Race Equity
  • Aarica Coleman, Housing
  • Brian Smith, Innovation Team
  • Gulgun Kayim, Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy
  • Gilles Mally, Economic Inclusion Urban Scholar, Office of Mayor Frey

Roles

  • Shauen Pearce | Overall direction & coordination, continuity, branding/marketing
  • Brian Smith | Website development (including directory)
  • Aarica Coleman | Outreach
  • Tabitha Fisher | “Let’s Do Business”
  • Jim Terrell | “Let’s Do Business”, July 22
  • Deb Bahr-Helgen | Black Business Expo and Career Fair, July 23
  • Marie Larson | Black Business Expo and Career Fair, July 23
  • Joy Marsh-Stephens | Black Women Makers & Innovators Night, 
  • Velma Korbel | “Let’s Do Business”, July 22
  • Gulgun Kayim | Creative Minneapolis, July 27