Krewe co-owner joins Initiative Foundation board

Restaurateur Mateo Mackbee has joined the Initiative Foundation’s board of trustees.

Mackbee co-owns Krewe and Flour & Flower, both St. Joseph-based businesses, with partner Erin Rae. They utilized an Initiative Foundation loan to open their businesses in 2020.

“Mateo knows the ins and outs of small business ownership,” Initiative Foundation President Matt Varilek said in a press release. “So much of our work at the Foundation involves helping our region’s entrepreneurs overcome challenges on the road to success. Mateo’s expertise with community-based entrepreneurship will help us to be even more effective.” 

Mateo Mackbee

Mackbee will serve a three-year term, which started May 1. He can serve up to three terms on the board, which has 15 members.

“I hope to [reinforce] the idea that it is possible for a person of color to be successful in Central Minnesota,” Mackbee said in the release. “I want to be the reflection in the mirror … for everyone who may dare to dream to own a business and live in a rural Central Minnesota community.”

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