Sponsors 2016

Presenting Sponsors

National Bank of Commerce is the largest, full service community bank in the Twin Ports area with six convenient locations; headquarters in Superior, WI, with Minnesota bank locations in Duluth and Hermantown, plus another bank in Superior, and one each in Poplar and Solon Springs. We are comprised of an experienced and knowledgeable staff and are governed by a local, entrepreneurial board of directors. We invite you to visit us and learn more about our flexible financing solutions.

Essentia Health, headquartered in Duluth, Minn., is an integrated health system serving patients in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Idaho. Essentia Health is committed to helping our patients and their families lead active and fulfilling lives. We also offer network-wide electronic medial records and medical research. Our mission, vision, values and belief statements are the foundations of our promise to the patients, families and communities we serve—to be Here with you.

Duluth Running Co. serves the Twin Ports running and triathlon needs from a convenient location along East Superior Street.  The standard shoe fitting process includes video analysis to ensure each customer finds the best shoe for their needs.   We carry many name brand road and trail running shoes and an extensive apparel selection. The store provides numerous training groups and classes throughout the year to help runners and triathletes of all levels reach their greatest potential.

From Grand Forks, North Dakota through Minnesota and Wisconsin, to stores throughout the upper peninsula of Michigan, we want you to shop with confidence, knowing that the quality and price you’ll pay are a true value on every item. Our standards for all departments are the highest you’ll find.

Platinum Sponsors



VERSO CORPORATION is a leading North American producer of printing papers, specialty papers and pulp. Our printing papers are designed primarily for commercial printing, media and marketing applications, including magazines, catalogs, books, direct mail, corporate collateral and retail inserts. Our specialty papers are used primarily for label and converting, flexible packaging and technical paper applications.

Northwestern Mutual helps its policyowners and clients achieve financial security. Through a needs-based process, Northwestern Mutual works with clients to determine their financial security needs and then address those needs using a wide range of products and services. For clients seeking personal financial security or security for their business or estate, Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer an array of solutions, including permanent and term life insurance, disability insurance, long-term care insurance, annuities, trust services, mutual funds and advisory services.


The Duluth Coffee Company is committed to providing quality coffee using high quality green beans, proper roasting and freshness. Green beans are selected based on understanding of the farm, processing and shipping. Each coffee is roasted to order with insightful roasting techniques that bring out the nuances of each coffee due to origin, varietal and processing technique. Each coffee is delivered fresh, allowing for the brewed coffee to be enjoyed at its peak.

Family Owned Coffee Shop/Cafe – featuring local coffee from Duluth Coffee Company, homemade breakfast, brunch, and appetizers. Great wine selctions and bottled beers. We also feature handcrafted jewelry, crafts and fine art from Minnesota and Wisconsin artists.

Gold Sponsors

London Road Rental is your locally owned full service rental store serving the Duluth MN, Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin areas with an extensive inventory of both equipment rentals and party rentals for your every need. Our knowledgeable and dedicated staff has a combined 100+ years of experience in the rental business and we strive to be a constant resource to both the homeowner and contractor. Whether it’s a large construction site, a backyard project, or an elegant party, London Road Rental and London Road Party Express are here to help.

Blink Optometry is a locally owned, independent eyewear boutique featuring top of the line products, and a staff that is passionate about eyes and eyewear. We are dedicated to bringing you the finest quality eyewear from fashion forward designs to more classic styling. We use the latest technology for our lenses and are able to fit you with the right style that suits your lifestyle, as well as giving you the clearest vision possible.

When individual bakery owners succeed and grow, the entire Great Harvest franchise family succeeds and grows. To support the success of our owners, we teach and actively model the mission statement of being loose and having fun, giving generously to others, creating strong and exciting bakeries, baking phenomenal bread, and running fast to serve customers. We believe our success comes from a strong commitment to uphold the legacy and integrity of the Great Harvest brand with its focus on the customer experience, and the promise of phenomenal tasting products made with freshly-milled whole grain blended with pure and simple ingredients