Mina Ebrahimi – Entreprenuer, Philanthropist, Mentor

Mina Ebrahimi is the founder and CEO of Saint Germain Catering, a 100% women owned and operated catering company that opened its doors in May of 1998 in the Washington D.C. Metro area. Since opening Saint Germain Catering, Mina Ebrahimi has won the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award, as well as the Washington Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40 of 2010. Saint Germain Catering is also certified by the WBENC, also known as the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council which certifies that a business is owned an operated by at least 51% women, daily operations must be completed by the business owner, and requires documentation as well as an in-person interview.

From 1988 to 2000, Mina Ebrahimi helped her family open and run Saint Germain Cafe, a successful French Cafe and Bistro located at Tyson’s Galleria in Mclean VA. Here, along with their in-house bakery, they offered full service breakfast, lunch, and dinner service that was expanded by the addition of catering. The Saint Germain Cafe was soon catering events for Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Ave, and Nordstroms.

Mina Ebrahimi has also been involved with a number of philanthropic pursuits, including a position as Board Member for the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School at the Matthew J. Ryan School of Medicine from 2013-2015. It was during this time that she started a Department for Minimally Invasive Interventional Radiology, as well as contributing to Oncology research (specifically breast cancer in women) and the Working Dog Center at University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to running her own successful business and volunteering at the University of Pennsylvania, Mina Ebrahimi started a foundation designed to help and empower women to become economically independent and start their own businesses. The Mina Ebrahimi Foundation was started in 2014 and continues to this day, empowering women to start a business, helping women find funding for their businesses, and assisting women with advancement in their careers. Mina currently mentors anywhere from 5 to 8 women per year to help them achieve the successes that she herself has seen as an economically independent business woman and entrepreneur.