Following an Entrepreneurial Dream – Janey’s Story

Janey Oberg | Designs by Jane | Hutchinson, MN “I believe in bringing each of my client’s vision to life…I’m in their corner the entire way!” Janey Oberg made the scary but exciting decision in June of 2018 to follow her dream. She was already working a full-time job at 3M in Hutchinson when she began spending almost all of …

Sewn Edge Offers “Equal Access to Beauty” in Walnut Grove & Willmar

Sean & Sao Yang | Sewn Edge Sean Yang and his wife, Sao, opened Sewn Edge in Walnut Grove, Minnesota in 2018 and have recently (August of 2019) expanded to Willmar’s Kandi Mall. They offer sewing and creative clothing alterations. We got to know them during our Startup Bootcamp for entrepreneurs earlier this year. Sean came to the United States …

Hiring + Passion: 7 Years In

Claire Meyers + Heather Koffler | VantagePoint Marketing “Our real passion lies in helping communities in our region. More and more, cities and counties are seeing that they have to do something to market themselves and tell the story of their area.” Claire + Heather started VantagePoint, their full-service marketing agency in Morton, MN nearly 7 years ago. They went …

Using a Podcast to Spread Your Message

Tyler Gehrking | DisruptED Seeing the Need For Change Tyler Gehrking knows a thing or two about education. He works with the KCEO program in the Willmar Public School District and says it’s time to change the way traditional education works. “Being in education, I don’t want to hear excuses anymore. You can go and build the kind of change …

Putting Downtown Willmar on the Map

Sarah Swedburg | Willmar Main Street / City of Willmar Sarah Swedburg is using her skills in geography to map out a plan for Downtown Willmar and positively influence the people and places around her. Point A Sarah grew up in the Bemidji/Walker area. She graduated from Bemidji State where she majored in geography. She is well-traveled and has done …

Art is for Everyone

Kristin Allen | greenwater garage + gallery According to Kristin Allen, art is for everyone. It allows people to see, to swim and to fly. Kristin’s career has included being a graphic designer, artist, marketing manager, product designer, and community builder. These days, she owns and operates greenwater garage + gallery while also working as a professional fundraiser for a …

The Story of Kenwood Design

Abby Gronli | Kenwood Design Meet Abby, She’s a soon-to-be mother of two, a marketer at redstar creative agency and the founder of her own business, Kenwood Design. As a friend and coworker of Abby, it’s worth being said that she’s one the sweetest, most organized and endearing people I’ve met. I also knew her ridiculously kind heart wouldn’t turn …

Taking the Plunge to Start Your Own Business

Kim Madsen | K. Madsen Consulting A denied request for an unpaid personal day to watch her son play baseball in Las Vegas was the final straw for Kim Madsen. “I didn’t get mad about it, but it was a sign that I needed to do something different,” says Kim. “It wasn’t the only reason, obviously, I had been thinking …