Come and celebrate the launch of the new Fearless Commerce Magazine!

Fearless Commerce Magazine celebrates Black women business owners who are bold and unafraid to push the limits, share their gifts with the world, disrupt the norm and live life on their terms. These courageous women have transcended gender, race, family history and societal barriers to be effective and successful business owners. Our inaugural edition is packed with powerhouse businesswomen from a variety of industries.

On Wednesday, October 25th please join Fearless Commerce founders Shawntera Hardy and Camille A. Thomas in celebrating 24 amazing Black women business owners from the Twin Cities. We will not only honor these phenomenal women but we will also celebrate the launch of this important project. Our goal is to convene people who believe in and want to support Black women business owners.

We invite you to join in the celebration, meet the honorees and engage in conversations around how the people of the Twin Cities can foster continued innovation within the local entrepreneur community and communities of color.

Meet the honorees:

  • Shauen Pearce

  • Tish Watson

  • Jasmine Brett Stringer

  • Junita Flowers

  • Kimberly Bedell Rhodes

  • Melissa Taylor

  • Emilia Ndely

  • Dr. Grace Warren

  • Alicia Belton

  • Miquel Purvis McMoore

  • Dr. Artika Tyner

  • Char Dobbs

  • Dr. Ayanna Quamina

  • Alex Merritt

  • Dr. Joi Lewis

  • Meredith Moore Crosby

  • Faatemah

  • Brittany Lynch

  • Bianca Lewis

  • Jasmine Russell

  • Faith Folayan

  • Robin P. Hickman

  • Bunny Robinson

  • Andrea Ellen Reed

Celebration + Inspiration + Commerce

The University of Minnesota has recently completed the Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center in north Minneapolis. The 23,000 square foot facility houses university programs that will offer services to the community. It is to be a collaborative working environment in which the university brings its resources to neighborhood residences. Examples of programs to be housed in the building are nutritional counseling, a teaching kitchen, computer and business counseling. There is also a gallery that will showcase both art collections from the university as well as artist from the community. With collaboration as a fundamental design concept, UROC is a place where staff and community can gather to work, interact and learn. It is a place to share knowledge, develop ideas and model partnership on a daily basis.

Alicia Belton was appointed by Commissioner Mike Opat in January 2009 to serve on the Hennepin County Designer Selection Committee.

Urban Design Perspectives & Station Nineteen Urban Design Perspectives & Station Nineteen are pleased to announce the beginning of construction for the Pilgrim Baptist Church Remodel. The new addition will house new restrooms and multipurpose space. It will also have a new elevator to allow for handicap accessibility throughout the facility. The project will be complete in January 2010.

Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center was awarded the 2009 Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal Best in Real Estate finalist in the Office Redevelopment category and the 2011 Minnesota Construction Association (MCA) Awards of Excellence Merit Award in the Renovation, Expansion or Tenant.

Iota Phi Lamba Sorority Incorporated presented the Lola M. Parker Award to Alicia Belton for Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award 2008-2009.

The Office of Business and Economic Development of University of Minnesota awarded the Stellar Award 2010 Small Business Supplier of the Year to Urban Design Perspectives.

Sawatdee Thai Restaurant will be opening a new Eden Prairie in April 2013. Urban Design Perspectives provided design services for the new full service in dining restaurant.

Alicia Belton will be serve as an Alumni Coach at the University of Illinois Leadership Institute Imprint Spring 2013 program.

Under its new Regional Services Plan and Client Service Delivery Model, Hennepin County’s Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) is strategically locating its services in regional hub sites and satellite offices to improve access and expand community-based involvement. . Urban Design Perspectives is currently providing design services for these clinics. The Eden Prairie and Brookdale community satellites will provide WIC Clinic and Family Visitation support services to these communities. In addition, the satellites also incorporate their new concept in flexible workplace.