RAVE 2017

6The 4th annual Recognizing Awarding Valuing Entrepreneurs event or RAVE was held November 17th, 2017. The event was the finale to an exciting and ever growing week of entrepreneurial activities in our region, all under the format of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017.
Three businesses were honored for their ambition and success; Licks Pill-Free Solutions, Winona, Sonex Health, Rochester and Envirolastech Inc., Rochester & St. Charles.

F. Mike Tuohy, Tuohy Furniture, Chatfield, was honored with the 2nd annual Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the regional economy and his entrepreneurial spirit.

Xavier Frigola, Director of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator and recipient of the 2015 RAVE Warrior award announced the 2017 recipient, Amanda Leightner. The RAVE Warrior Award is given in recognition and appreciation of a person’s contribution to advocate, promote and support area entrepreneurship as well as increase awareness of the value entrepreneur’s play in building our local economy.

Past RAVE Warrior of the Year Recipients

Rachelle Oribio


Xavier Frigola


Jamie Sundsbak


2017 Rave Lifetime
Achievement Award

2017 RAVE Honorees

2016 RAVE Video

2016 RAVE Lifetime
Achievement Award Video

2015 RAVE Honorees

2014 RAVE Honorees

2017 RAVE Warrior of the Year

2017 RAVE Warrior of the Year

Amanda Leightner