Minority Female Entrepreneurs Spotlight

Michelle Clark

Business: Shell’s Kitchen

Michelle Clark, the creative genius behind Shell’s Kitchen, has been wowing the Rochester community with her mouthwatering SouthernSoul Foods, and let’s just say, her fried chicken is downright the best in town. It’s the kind of crispy, flavorful perfection that has locals singing its praises. Drawing inspiration from the South, Michelle’s dishes are a comforting journey that resonates with anyone craving that down-home taste. Shell’s kitchen has become a beloved spot for those seeking the warmth wrapped up in every delicious bite. Michelle’s commitment to top-notch ingredients and her meticulous cooking style have earned her a dedicated following that can’t get enough of her dishes. And it’s not just about the food—Michelle also shares her love for cooking by teaching classes to students in Rochester Public Schools, adding a personal touch to her community involvement. To get your hands on the best fried chicken and other dishes in town, connect with Michelle on Facebook @ShellskitchenMN or email at shellskitchen20@gmail.com. 


Aisha Abdi

Business: Bluestone Limited Liability Company

Aisha Abdi is the trailblazing owner of Bluestone Limited Liability Company, a flourishing trucking business established in 2023. In an industry traditionally dominated by men, Aisha stands out as a pioneering woman entrepreneur, breaking barriers and reshaping perceptions. Her foray into the trucking sector is a testament to her resilience and determination, challenging the norms and proving that success knows no gender. Aisha’s leadership at Bluestone LLC not only underscores her commitment to excellence but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring women in the field. As she navigates the challenges of a male-dominated industry, Aisha is paving the way for a new generation of women to confidently pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. To connect with Bluestone LLC, please reach out to Aisha at 507-202-6804. 



Julie Herrera-Lemler

Meet Julie Herrera-Lemler, a powerhouse entrepreneur with a fascinating journey that spans diverse industries. She’s not just a business leader—she’s the creative force behind an eight-year cupcake venture and has made significant contributions in construction, technology and corporate realms. Julie’s hands-on experience at IBEW Local 343, Braun Intertec, Western Digital and Conner Peripherals speaks volumes about her versatile skillset. Beyond her own ventures, Julie actively shapes the business landscape as a board member for Rochester Area Builders and the head election judge for Olmsted County. What sets her apart is not just her entrepreneurial success but also her commitment to supporting others. Julie lends a helping hand to fellow entrepreneurs and small business owners, sharing her strengths in inclusivity, positivity, discipline, WOO (Winning Others Over) and effective communication. Connect with Julie on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/in/julie-herrera-lemler-66217211) to uncover the real story behind her entrepreneurial journey and tap into her wealth of experience for genuine business insights.


Ronissia Appiah-Kubi

Business: Ronissia Diverse Beauty

Ronissia Appiah-Kubi, the creative force behind Ronissia Diverse Beauty, brings a unique flair to the world of hairstyling with her salon’s specialization in catering to all hair textures and styles. From intricate braiding to expertly executed hair extensions, Ronissia’s salon is a haven for those seeking personalized and diverse beauty experiences. With a passion for enhancing individuality and celebrating the beauty of all hair types, Ronissia has carved out a space where clients can explore various styles that express their unique personalities. Her commitment to inclusivity and expertise in a wide range of hairstyling techniques make Ronissia Diverse Beauty a go-to destination for those looking to embrace their natural beauty or experiment with a new, bold look. To book an appointment and experience the diverse beauty offerings at Ronissia Diverse Beauty, connect with Ronissia directly through her booking platform at www.rdb.glossgenius.com. Stay updated on the latest styles, tips and promotions by visiting Ronissia Diverse Beauty’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SterlingBeautyS. Embrace the journey to your unique and beautiful self with Ronissia’s expert hairstyling services.

About Author

Tawonda Burks

Tawonda serves as director of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) and leader of ELOCINA. Her personal mission is to spread financial literacy, empowering individuals with knowledge to make informed economic decisions.

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