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2018 Business Woman of Year nominees announced

Carol DeYoung (Countryside Plumbing and Heating)1 / 9
Jillian Thorson (Lift Bridge Yoga)2 / 9
Beth Thompson (City of New Richmond)3 / 9
Dr. Sue Johnson (St. Croix Chiropractic)4 / 9
Dori Marty (WITC)5 / 9
Laura Jo Jarchow (St. Mary’s School)6 / 9
Kelli Cadwell (Simply Staffing)7 / 9
Pastor Amelia Houdek (First Lutheran Church)8 / 9
Angela Olson (Angela Olson Law)9 / 9

One of the New Richmond Chamber's fastest growing events is less than a month away. Tickets are still available for the May 2 Women's Business Luncheon and Expo, which includes:an expo, an extreme makeover reveal and a short program culminating with the selection of the Business Woman of the Year.

The Business Woman of the Year award, now in its seventh year, is one of the most prestigious chamber honors given every year. The event will take place at R&D Catering.

Highlighting this event is recognizing area women who have made a difference in the New Richmond area. Among the nominees vying for Business Woman of the Year are: Kelli Cadwell (Simply Staffing), Carol DeYoung (Countryside Plumbing and Heating), Pastor Amelia Houdek (First Lutheran Church), Laura Jo Jarchow (St. Mary's School), Dr. Sue Johnson (St. Croix Chiropractic), Dori Marty (WITC), Angela Olson (Angela Olson Law), Beth Thompson (City of New Richmond), and Jillian Thorson (Lift Bridge Yoga). Each was nominated by a community member. A panel of judges will review nominations in the coming weeks, and among many factors, choose the recipient they feel is most deserving.

Last year's event drew 250 attendees and 30 booths showcasing area organizations and businesses. Tickets include admission to the vendor expo, a swag bag whose contents are valued at least $40, lunch and door prizes. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. The expo booths officially are open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and the program runs until 3:30 p.m. A post-event reception follows for those interested from 3:30-5 p.m.

This year's speaker is Sara Meslow, the founder of Camp Odayin, the only camp in the Midwest for children with heart disease. She has lived with heart disease from a young age and has an inspiring story about putting your heart's work into your community.

For more information about the Women's Business Luncheon and Expo, contact the New Richmond Chamber at or call 715-246-2900. Register online at

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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