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Inspirational women leaders: Cindy Kelly of NorthStar

Cindy Kelly

Twelve entrepreneurial leaders to be inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. 

Twelve inspirational women leaders, including Cindy Kelly of Park Rapids, who have made meaningful contributions to Minnesota’s business community will soon be among a very elite group inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. The women will be inducted during a gala event to be held April 24 at Cargill World Headquarters.

Cindy Kelly and her husband, John, founded NorthStar Orthodontics, Inc. in 1976. This dental lab specializes in orthodontics serving more than 5,000 orthodontists and dentists, and 1.5 million patients.

With an annual revenue exceeding $5 million, it is a major employer in their area of northern Minnesota with 85 employees. Since John’s death in 2008, Cindy has continued to grow the business.

Her firm has the unique distinction of having a Green Coordinator to monitor its implementation of sound ecological practices throughout the lab. Cindy is active in many community organizations and was awarded the Minnesota Jaycees “10 Outstanding Citizens” award in 1989. Minnesota State Community and Technical College – part of MNSCU – recognized Cindy and her late husband as their 2012 Hall of Fame Inductees.