Mina Ebrahimi is the CEO and founder of Saint Germain Catering. Her parents were immigrants and she did not arrive in the United States until 1978. Saint Germain Catering is a result of her determination, passion and hard work. She made a commitment to delicious dishes, quality food and superior service. When Mina Ebrahimi was eleven she began working at her family’s bakery in Seven Corners, VA. This was when she learned the value of customer service. When the cafe relocated to Tyson’s Galleria she continued to run the business.
Mina Ebrahimi began her own business in 1999 when she was 26. Saint Germain Catering specialized in corporate catering but also provided needs for special events such as weddings. The vision she had was much grander so she transformed the business. The business was now a full service catering company for private parties, special events, business luncheons and weddings. There are currently 32 individuals employed full time through Saint Germain Catering and eight part time. Mina Ebrahimi has been honored with many accolades and awards as an entrepreneur. She received the Enterprising Women of the Year Award in 2014, the 2010 Top 40 Under 40 Award from the Washington Business Journal and the Smart CEO’s Brava Award. The Brava award is a celebration of female leaders in business with a passion and spirit for giving something back to the community.
Mina Ebrahimi has used her professional success to support numerous organizations and nonprofits. This includes Operation Homefront DC, created to help build secure, stable and strong military families, The 25th Project, an organization helping the homeless in Northern Virginia with supplies and food donations and the Working Dog Center at The University of Pennsylvania to develop detection tools for early ovarian cancer. Every year, more than 14,000 women lose their lives to ovarian cancer.
Saint Germain Catering also helps with the cancer research conducted by the University of Pennsylvania. This involves treating animals for the disease. Mina Ebrahimi is the founder of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jack-Ebrahimi Program. This is one of few radiology programs for veterinarians. She additionally established the Mina Ebrahimi Foundation to help women build business futures.