Tania’s Wellness Corner in Winsted expands and rebrands
Local entrepreneur benefits from Southwest Initiative Foundation loan program
WINSTED, Minn.— Tania Krueger is expanding her wellness business in Winsted with help from Southwest Initiative Foundation’s (SWIF) Microenterprise Loan Program. Tania’s Wellness Corner is a natural health center with emphasis on pain management, healthy weight management and relaxation therapy.
“I am an empath and passionate practitioner of natural health therapies to reduce the unique pain women can suffer due to chronic illness, emotional fatigue, weight fluctuation and energy imbalance,” said Krueger, who holds a master’s in mental health counseling and is pursuing certification as a licensed professional clinical counselor.
Tania’s Wellness Corner offers diet and nutrition education, meal preparation, stress management, lymphatic enhancement, foot detox, tuning forks, and other naturopathic remedies. This summer, she’s offering singing bowl meditation classes Mondays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Krueger started her business from home 16 years ago after finding relief from her own migraines with cold laser therapy. She continued to research and study natural health techniques and diet and nutrition, growing her business with new clients seeking help for weight loss and pain management.
Tania’s Wellness Corner grew and moved offices twice for more space. In 2019, she decided to relocate her business to Winsted at 311 McLeod Ave West, near Hanlin Park. It took about six months to have the building ready. She started taking clients at the new location in March 2020 while continuing to build out space for classes, food demos and other natural health modalities.
Loan funds from SWIF provided working capital for Tania’s Wellness Corner to expand. Loan programs have been a key function of SWIF since its inception to support communities and businesses throughout southwest Minnesota. In 2001, microlending was added to existing programs as a tool to support small businesses and people looking for self-employment opportunities.
“We’re happy to support Tania in pursuing growth for her small business in Winsted,” said SWIF Economic Development Officer Jackie Turner.
Microloan clients receive free technical assistance from SWIF staff to improve their business management skills. Areas of support include business planning and financials analysis, QuickBooks training, marketing assistance and other training opportunities for the life of the loan.
As part of her loan technical assistance, Tania recently completed Business Reinvention. This hands-on process helps entrepreneurs assess today’s challenging business landscape and create a new vision for the future. The program is led by redstar marketing un/academy, a partner in providing customized and collaborative programming for SWIF loan clients to help them harness the power of marketing.
“I would recommend Business Reinvention to anybody. I love being in business, but I was struggling with how to keep going after the pandemic. The class helped me so much,” said Krueger, who recently rebranded and launched a new website.
This microloan program receives funding assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, contact SWIF at (800) 594-9480, (320) 587-4848 or send us an email.