Established in 2004
51% Minority Owned, 100% Women Owned
June Perry-Stevens has over 40 years of experience in the public, private and non-profit business arenas having started her professional career as a Master’s degreed social worker in 1971. She left the public sector in 1975 to open a private, non-profit, community-based mental health clinic and social service agency that started with two part-time employees and had a staff of over 55 when she retired in 2006. She attended Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University, earning certificates in Social Entrepreneurship from both institutions. June developed and maintains a successful commercial real estate portfolio focusing on leasing to women and minorities starting profit making businesses. Her awards and honors have been numerous, recognizing her leadership, commitment to improving the lives of youth, and mentoring young professionals. Many of her former employees have become leaders in business, education, politics, social services and the private sector. They often remind her that she gave them their first job and motivated them to make a commitment to excellence and inclusion.
Beth Bauer has her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and an MBA from Columbia University. She built a chain of educational toy and teaching materials stores in the Milwaukee area which was sold in 1997. At the time, she was one of the first in the country to set up stores integrating educational materials and toys for both teachers and parents that was featured in both national educational and toy publications. After selling the store chain, she became Executive Director of Gathering on the Green, where she originated the first STEAM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math) program in the Milwaukee area. She saw research showing the “Arts” enhanced people with careers in the sciences. The “Summer STEAM” program integrated children from the inner city and the suburbs in a week-long STEAM education program. Since then, Beth has written a book which was a finalist for a “Book of the Year” Award. She continues to be involved in the community and educational opportunities, such as working with Al Jarreau and his foundation, providing scholarships to African American young men who want to become teachers in the urban school system.
Beth and June both come from families of entrepreneurs and both have always involved themselves in social and professional organizations. Their relationship began in 2002 when they were both members of Professional Dimensions, a women’s leadership organization. Building on Beth’s experience as former owner of Teacher’s Pet, a chain of educational materials stores, and June’s knowledge of the community, BestEd, LLC was started in June 2004. lt quickly built a strong reputation as an efficient and reliable minority supplier of educational materials. With demand from its customers, BestEd expanded in 2012 into office supplies, furniture and equipment. BestEd Business is a full-line supplier for all your business and educational needs.