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Young Entrepreneurs Network in Duluth

Posted at: 12/04/2012 5:44 PM
Updated at: 12/04/2012 6:25 PM
By: Travis Dill

Twin Ports Connex hopes to link young talented people with employers in the Duluth Superior area or even help them start their own business.

Local entrepreneur Eric Faust said one thing was important as he was starting up the Duluth Coffee Company.

“I don't know where I would be without networking,” Faust said. “Networking is a good thing. It's important to always be talking about what you're doing,” he said.

Young entrepreneurs like Faust are meeting on Wednesday to do just that.

Twin Ports Connex Managing Director Rob Karwath said the group created the event to get young people connected to the local business scene.

“We're surrounding them with resources. It can be a resource to help them with their accounting. It can also be a resource to help them as a mentor,” Karwath said.

Many college students leave the Twin Ports after graduation, but making connections could get them invested in the community.

“If we can not only be a place where they want to learn, but also can come and start their lives and succeed, again, that's really going to help our economy and our community,” Karwath said.

Chaperone Records opened their doors in August. President Bob Monahan said supporting local small business means more than just a good economy.

“I think that's part of what gives a city of this size, or of any city its flavor and its culture,” Monahan said.

But young entrepreneur Andrea Gordon said starting a business isn't easy.

“It's something I'm passionate about and care a lot about, but it's always scary,” Gordon said.

She thinks that makes networking important on a personal level as well.

“When you're feeling that 'what am I doing this' there's someone else there to say 'I feel that way too and I've made it and I'm successful and this is how we can make it through',” Gordon said.

The networking event takes place on Wednesday evening at UMD's Center for Economic Development. That is downtown in the Duluth Technology Village.