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  • Gloria Freeman: Chief Executive Officer
    Phone: 612-424-6163
    Email: gfreeman@olushome.com

    Gloria Freeman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Minneapolis-based Olu's Home, Inc. and Olu's Beginnings LLC, saw a critical need for community-based services, has dedicated her career to helping fill that need, and in the process became a successful entrepreneur.

    In 1999, Gloria founded Olu's Home, a licensed care organization that provides residential and in-home services to persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness and elderly. The company operates ten residential and two assisted living sites within the Twin Cities area.

    Gloria's desire to serve those with disabilities and mental illness has roots in her childhood. Gloria recalls accompanying her mother who was a prominent public speaker, on residential visits, where she would advocate for the mentally ill.

    In 2013, Gloria Freeman started collaborating with her daughter, Jessica Herod, to expand the business by establishing a holistic, intergenerational early childhood program. Their focus was to provide exceptional services in the North Minneapolis area, with a goal to expand into the Metro area.

    While developing her business, Gloria has continued her education by participating in the Small Business Administration's Emerging Leaders Initiative, an intensive MBA-level training program for executives of high-potential. In addition, Gloria attended the Harvard Business Publishing through the Women Presidents’ Organization.

    Women Presidents’ Organization Member
    MEDA Minority Business Enterprise Advisory Council
    Hennepin Theatre Trust Board Member
    MEDA Board Member
    Past board member Minnesota Black Chambers of Commerce

    2007 – Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce – Category II Award
    2014 – Initiative for Competitive Inner City (ICIC) 100 list of fastest-growing, inner city companies
    2016 – SBA Minnesota State Small Business Person of the Year
    2016 – Women of Excellence Award
    2017 – Minnesota Business The (Real) Power 50
    2018 – MEDA Entrepreneur of the Year