PLAINVIEW — Amanda Brees started practicing yoga 20 years ago. Ten years ago, she saw an opportunity to turn it into a business.
Brees, an Army National Guard veteran, began this journey into yoga and complementary therapies after his military service.
When Brees launched her business, Yoga of Relationship, in 2013 and after receiving certification in 2014, the business began as a massage therapy and yoga program. It’s a program, Brees said, designed to help people dealing with trauma.
“What I offer is a 50 hour Yoga Therapy, Relational Trauma Specialization Program, specifically designed for Yoga Therapists, Teachers and Practitioners to specialize in Relational Trauma using meditation as a primary technique”, Brees said. relationship trauma healing tools, that’s what I do.
Nine years later, and after returning to her home region of Wabasha and Plainview last year, Brees has adjusted to some of the mounting challenges of relocating her business. Fortunately, with the help of the Plainview Economic Development Association, the growing pains were well resolved.
“They (PEDA) have been incredibly helpful. They were the ones who provided access to this affordable office space,” she said, adding that her business was not quite ready for a full storefront but had moved beyond the home-based business model. . “Through them, they referred me to SMIF when they received an email announcing the Prosperity Initiative program.
Brees is one of four participants in the latest cohort of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation’s Prosperity Initiative. The program was launched earlier this year to help minority and women-owned businesses with free training, coaching and networking.
Brees is still enrolled in the program and has received mentorship from Business Development Manager Christopher Mazziotto and the Grants Coordinator. Jennifer Hein. Mazziotto and Heien’s mentorship helped Brees balance the business side of things and his practice.
“I felt like the biggest hurdle I faced was trying to be kind of a business expert with an expert in my research specialty,” Brees said.
Brees said the program and the mentorship helped her gain expertise, insight and understanding of business that can help her achieve her goals and understand what’s been holding her back from achieving those goals.
Pam Bishop, Vice President of Economic Development at SMIF, spoke about what SMIF is looking for in terms of businesses to support through the Prosperity Initiative.
“We are looking for people who have expressed a desire and are motivated to be coached and receive mentorship and resources to help them start and grow their business,” Bishop said. “We are looking for companies that demonstrate through their business plan and marketing information that they have growth opportunities. This may be how we help them solve any problems they may have at the start of the year. developing their business plan or how can we help them grow their current product lines.”
Although Brees described the six months of the program as somewhat intensive, she sees so much opportunity to grow with her business and provide more treatment options and earn more income in the future.
For those interested in his pastoral counseling services, a free trial program is available to sign up on his website. For more questions, call Brees at 507-693-0189 or submit an email on his website.