WILLMAR—Their business dreams include a barbecue restaurant, a fashion line, a shoe store, a family entertainment destination and the continued success of a community coffee house.
The seven men and women—Candace Aaker, Nick Aaker, Mohammed Abdi, Daniel Carranza, Fatouma Hachim, Hans Hibma and Victoria Hibma—who participated in the second class of the Elevate Business Academy celebrated those dreams in front of a small crowd of friends, family, business leaders and elected officials from across Kandiyohi County earlier this month at the Willmar Education and Arts Center where their graduation from the program was conducted.
“Congratulations on such a beautiful job well done,” said Sarah Swedburg, business development manager with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, during the Dec. 17 ceremony. “Not only have you gained such foundational business ownership knowledge that you now carry with you, we want you to remember you are business leaders in our community.”
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