Anika has been a business owner for over 25 years. “I have also set out to spend a considerable amount of time serving the community, whether it was through KMOJ or through the nonprofit, the ANIKA foundation.
“We don’t do these things for recognition,” said Robbins. “We do these things because we are trying to help. So, when you are honored by your peers, it is very humbling and it is something I am very grateful for.
“We started out to have a positive impact in the community,” said Robbins. “We recognize there are some opportunities and challenges to serve.”
The ANIKA foundation is a nonprofit organization with a goal of eliminating social and economic disparities in the community. The foundation’s three core impact areas are civic engagement, health, and economic development.
“One of our programs is the Women Empowered program,” said Robbins. “It is a financial education program where we help place people on a path to success through home ownership, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation.” They also have a social enterprise program, a youth business program, and they have hosted several programs focused on breast cancer awareness and healthy living.
“I have a lot of love for [Andre McNeal] and First Friday Twin Cities for recognizing me and the work that my husband [Dr. Juneau Robbins] have done together,” said Robbins. She and her husband own the Robbins Wellness Center in North Minneapolis.
“It is important [for] people to recognize how much power they have, and it begins with making heathier choices in diet, in civic engagement, voting, and making better financial decisions. We need to start laying a foundation for generational wealth creation.”Anika has been a business owner for over 25 years. “I have also set out to spend a considerable amount of time serving the community, whether it was through KMOJ or through the nonprofit, the ANIKA foundation.
- Written by Brandi Phillips