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Duluth Business Owners Recognized for Completing Startup Class

Ryan Juntti
Updated: August 28, 2019 11:48 PM

There's a lot to learn when you start your own business, and any leg up you get can be very beneficial. Some Duluth business owners got that with a class they took.

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Business owners from eight different Duluth businesses took a class known as Creative Startups. On Wednesday night, they were recognized for completing it while also showing the community what they have to offer.

"It opened up doors that they may not have had," said ChaQuana McEntyre who facilitated the four week Creative Startups class. It taught entrepreneurs strategies for how to grow their businesses.

"They were able to build a social capital and networking within themselves that they would've never had access to," said McEntyre.

Those who took the class like Victor Martinez say it gave them invaluable experience. Martinez and his business partner Tony Miller started Pinnacle Pointe Studios in West Duluth. 

"It was a great experience to again network with others. They basically taught you how to do spreadsheets, and how to do balance sheets, and basically maximize what you're trying to do in your business," said Martinez.

Tim White, who owns Duluth business Crud Cloth says it helped him kickstart his business.

"I think getting the advice of people in the community as to how to approach manufacturing, how to brand the product, how to find dealers and distributors was really helpful," said White.

McEntyre saw the entrepreneurs throughout the class, and described what it was like to see them learn and grow during it.

"For me it was like watching my first born walk," said McEntyre.

And she strongly encourages anyone thinking of starting their own business to consider taking a class themselves.

'It is so important for new entrepreneurs, especially in a startup phase, to take a class," said McEntyre. "You can Google anything, but if you don't have structure, you won't learn anything," she said.

The entrepreneurs say another beneficial part of the class is the facilitators continue to work with them even after the class is over.

More information about Creative Startups is available here.    

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