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Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, Erica Brewer, Gov. Reynolds. Photo courtesy:Telegraph Herald

BREWER, Erica. A Dubuque business owner was honored on March 3, 2022 with a statewide award recognizing her work as an entrepreneur. Erica Brewer, owner of Belle Allure Minkz and Boutique, received the Deb Dalziel Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award from America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Iowa. The program was hosted by Iowa State University and an affiliate of the national association of Small Business Development Centers. Gov. Kim Reynolds told her she made history with the recognition, as Brewer is the first Black woman in Iowa to win the award.

Brewer opened her boutique in 2020, selling clothing, accessories and lashes.

More than a year after opening, Brewer was already involved in moving the boutique’s location in order to expand and attract more clients. During the the spring of 2022, the boutique would move from its current location at 1680 Central Ave. to 1060 Central Ave., Suite A.

Brewer also is the first president of Collective Small Business Alliance of Dubuque, which was founded in 2021. A. Alanda Gregory, founder and executive director of the alliance, said Brewer had been a pleasure to work with since the organization started.



Reese, Kayli, "Dubuque Business Owner Makes History with Statewide Entrepreneurship Award," Telegraph Herald, March 4, 2002, p. 2A