Storm Creek, Eagan, Minnesota, has announced its national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
The WBENC is the nation’s largest third-party certifier for women-owned and operated businesses. Certification is a meticulous process that includes a thorough business review and site inspection, designed to confirm that the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by one or more women.
For Storm Creek, company CEO Teresa Fudenberg has been at the helm since 2014. She owns the company, along with her husband, president and brand founder Doug Jackson.
“Being a WBENC certified company is a big milestone,” Fudenberg said. “We recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by businesses and government agencies today, and we are excited to be able to add diversity to the supply chain with our eco-made garments.”
Through certification, women-owned businesses have access to an extensive network of support, including business opportunities, increased visibility in business supply chains, education and development programs, and career development opportunities. networking with other women entrepreneurs around the world.
“The future of Storm Creek is limitless,” Fudenberg added. “Over the past year, we have reached two important milestones: #1, by converting our entire line to eco-manufacturing, and #2, by becoming WBENC certified. Our mission has never been clearer, as we aspire to make our mark with a better product for the greater good. Along with the growth opportunities for our business, the part of this certification that means most to me personally is connecting with the incredible network of women business owners across the United States.
Fudenberg graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in marketing. She landed a job at Andcor Human Resources, where she managed marketing communications and learned the stories of many of the fast-growing startups that made up their customer base.
This appreciation for the entrepreneurial sector prompted her to start her own company, On Your Mark, where she worked as a fractional CMO for many second-stage entrepreneurs, acting as a right-hand man for those visionary founders who needed help. branding and corporate strategy to help realize their potential.
In 2014, she partnered with Jackson to transform her existing clothing brand into an entirely new business model. They launched TK Trading Co. Inc. DBA Storm Creek, with Fudenberg as majority owner and brand driver, and Jackson as product visionary. The company has grown from eight employees to more than 30.
For more information on Storm Creek, visit www.stormcreek.com.