MPR News with Angela Davis

More women of color are starting businesses

Two hosts of 'small change' podcast
Twila Dang (left) and Chris Farrell are co-hosts of the MPR podcast "small change."
Arshia Hussain | MPR News

The number of businesses started by women of color is on the rise, despite deeply entrenched barriers to success.

MPR News with Angela Davis shares the stories of several women of color entrepreneurs in a special broadcast of the podcast “small change: Money Stories from the Neighborhood.” Podcast co-hosts Chris Farrell and Twila Dang talk with the founders of four Minnesota small businesses about solving problems, leaving a legacy, building wealth and the importance of their businesses to their communities.

small change” highlights smart, practical, and collaborative money skills developed by people living with lower and unstable incomes.


  • Sabrina Jones is the founder of SJC Body Love Products in the Twin Cities.

  • Esperanza Lopez and her daughter Stephanie Lopez are the founders of Spurs Bar & Grill in Willmar.

  • Denise Paradas, sister Tracey Dagen and daughters Dani Pieratos and Nikki Pieratos are members of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and founders of Harvest Nation in Tower.

  • Arielle Grant is founder of Render Free in Minneapolis

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