Congratulations to the $1,000 prize winner, Julio Zegarra-Ballon from St. Louis!
All 11 winners were included in a drawing for a $1,000 prize. Of those 11, Julio Zegarra-Ballon's name was drawn, making him the $1,000 winner! Julio, originally from Peru, is the founder and owner of Zee Bee Market in St. Louisâ€™ South Grand Neighborhood. Julio renovated a vacant space where he now sells handcrafted and Fair Trade products from around the world, while giving the artisans behind the products a better life. Congrats, Julio!
â€œImmigrant entrepreneurs are making important contributions in St. Louis, from our nationally renowned start-up community to lifestyle retail businesses. We applaud Julio Zegarra-Ballon and his commitment to making St. Louis a vibrant business community,â€
- Betsy Cohen, Executive Director of the St. Louis Mosaic Project