Workforce Development can help you find your dream job

Updated: July 11, 2020 10:29 AM

Getting laid off might seem like the end of the world. But for some people, it's turned into a new career with new happiness.


Tammy Clore is one of those people. She was laid off in the spring of 2018.

A year later, she opened the doors at Reimagined by T. Underwood, and focused on home staging and redesign. "I'd been thinking about this for years, even before the layoff," she said. The store is on 1st Street in Duluth.

Now it's morphed into furniture restoration and painting classes. The popular Annie Sloan chalk paint has really taken off.

"I run the business as an artists co-op, and other local businesses sell products out of the store and also hold workshops," she explained.

Clore credits the help she got from the Duluth Workforce Development folks for helping her achieve her dreams. She was part of the CLIMB program, which stands for Converting Layoffs into Minnesota Businesses.

"I took a financial planning course, which I got reimbursed for. There are so many perks to the program for people starting small businesses," she shared. "I was also able to get some financial stability to help tide me over until I opened the storefront, by being able to collect unemployment for a short time while running the new business."

She doesn't think she'd have made it this far without their support. 

As for advice for those struggling right now, she said this. "This is really the time to do whatever you've dreamed of doing. Reimagine, and pivot."

The Workforce Development office also earned high praise from Shayla Drake, the HR Coordinator at Aftenro, a long-term care facility in Duluth. "It's amazing how much they offer."

Aftenro helped with the P2P grant program, Pathways to Prosperity, in the nursing field. "We've hired four students out of that program. Which is great, because healthcare workers are needed," Drake said.

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