There is a lot of excitement around Duluth these days. It has been fun to be a part of the excitement at Destination Duluth. Our digital promotion has taken off, and many people comment daily that they can’t wait to visit or move to Duluth. We see businesses opening, jobs being created, ideas being shared, and people being intentional about moving to our community. While some say it is not happening fast enough, we recognize that each of these situations represents a brick in a strong wall.
One thing that stands out to us is the amount of entrepreneurs that are starting businesses in our community. Many of these businesses we have not even heard about. Some are providing services online and to people outside our community. It is fun to think that they have been busy creating a diverse and strong economy in Duluth.
The University of Minnesota-Duluth has also taken the opportunity to create an entrepreneur program. One of the classes requires the students to start a business.
Recently, a group of UMD students in the Entrepreneur Program class, tweeted that as part of their class project, they are selling T-shirts and donating the proceeds to Destination Duluth. They love what we are doing and needed to pick a nonprofit for their assignment. The business is called Explore Duluth. They used social media to promote it and have had some really nice success. In the not too distant future, these entrepreneurs will have ideas to solve big problems we face in our world. We can’t help but smile. Young entrepreneurs learning right here in Duluth. Students supporting local organizations and local organizations supporting students. Entrepreneurship and community collaboration. Wow! For Destination Duluth, it doesn’t get much more exciting than this.
Please click below to purchase a T-Shirt from these students and their Explore Duluth project.
About the Author
Christopher Swanson is Co-Founder of Destination Duluth and CEO of PureDriven. PureDriven is a digital marketing firm located in the beautiful community of Two Harbors, MN where Christopher resides with his wife Rebecca and five children.