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Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Award Nominees Announced


DULUTH, MN (KDAL) - The UMD Center for Economic Development has announced the 42 nominees for the 22nd Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards.  The program recognizes entrepreneurs and business owners from around the Twin Ports region.  The winners will be announced at the Labo Awards Luncheon on April 23rd at the DECC.




·   A Plus B Productions, LLC – Benjamin Braff and Alisi Styles, Grand Rapids

·   Borealis Fermentery – Ken Thiemann, Two Harbors

·   Fika Coffee – Joshua Lindstrom, Grand Marais

·   JaneCane Photography – Amanda J. Cane, Duluth

·   Kinetic Fitness – Quinn Williams, Superior

·   Lake Superior Art Glass – Dan Neff, Duluth

·   Ma & Pa’s Cozy Little Bakery – Deb and Tony Ostlund, Moose Lake

·   Matilda’s Dog Bakery - Joanne Elliott, Duluth

·   Steve's Pepper Sauce - Steve Olds, Grand Rapids



·   Bent Paddle Brewing Co.– Karen and Bryon Tonnis, Laura and Colin Mullen, Duluth

·   Coffee Landing Cafe and Roasting Co.– Stephanie Heinle, International Falls

·   Holistic Path LLC – Christiane Erspamer, Duluth

·   Joy Enterprises DBA The Garage and Threads – Jill Terrill, Grand Marais

·   Klun Law Firm – Kelly Klun, Ely

·   Laurentian Monument Granite and Stone – Kandi and Mark Sutich, Virginia

·   saffron & grey couture floral design – Abby Olson and Layla Olson, Duluth

·   Sport Clips – Nate Lehmann, Duluth

·   TCG Accounting – Andy Grengs, Duluth



·   Absolute Fluid Power – David Mandich, Grand Rapids

·   Annabella’s Antique Mall & Café – Ron and Ann Killian, Grand Rapids

·   Clearwater Composites, LLC  – Jeff Engbrecht and Matt Vacek, Duluth

·   Great! Lakes Candy Kitchen - Pamela and Dennis Matson, Patricia Canelake, Andy Matson, Knife River

·   How Sweet It Is Cakes – Eileen Brown, Duluth

·   Lake Superior Consulting, LLC – Phillip Powers, Duluth

·   Morning Star Women’s Health and Birth Center – Paula Bernini Feigal, Duluth

·   North Point Geographic Solutions, Carolyn and Jesse Adams, Duluth

·   The Tongue and Groove Store – Kyle and Ann Anderson, Duluth

·   Synapp North – BJ Lingren and Andrew Kortuem, Cloquet

·   The Pebble Spa Co. – Wendy Lindsay, Ely



·   Advantage Emblem & Screen Printing – Nathan Bentley, Duluth

·   Beth’s Fudge & Gifts and Birchbark Books and Gifts – Beth Rogers Kennedy, Grand Marais

·   Einarson Flying Service – Thor Einarson, International Falls

·   Evergreen Lawn Service – Paul Miller, Duluth

·   JNBA Financial Advisors – Richard S. Brown, Duluth

·   Sivertson Gallery – Jan Sivertson, Grand Marais

·   Wheeler Associates – Tom Wheeler, Jim Wheeler, Pat Heffernan, Andy Wheeler and Ryan Coole, Duluth

·   Wrazidlo’s Old World Meats – Paul and Kathy Wrazidlo, Duluth

·   Zup's Market – Edward J. Zupancich, Babbitt



·   A Laundry Room Inc – Rebecca Spengler, Ely

·   Duluth Coffee Company – Eric Faust, Duluth

·   Laughingstock Design – Shane Bauer, Duluth

·   Pro Print – Creston Dorothy, Duluth