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Dunbar Creek Bait Co.     Squaw Lake, MN

Amber Michalek and Spence Haugen are the owners of Dunbar Creek Bait Co. located in Squaw Lake, MN.  The company services 17 resorts and 11 shops throughout northern MN covering Itasca, Beltrami, Cass & Koochiching counties delivering high quality live bait year round.

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The Belly Bulb Adventures

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Meet Naomi Marie Smith!

Naomi has just published  The Belly Bulb Adventures,  a children’s book about growing into who you are.

This awesome first children’s first picture book is the story of Little Bug. While being tucked in at bedtime by Grandpillar and Grandmiller, Little Bug notices how colorful their caterpillar belly bulbs are and asks how they grew. Through the telling of four different adventures they teach Little Bug that he too will grow, and become who he is by the actions and experiences he has in life.  When an experience is meaningful, a belly bulb will grow with a POP! and forever be a colorful reminder of that event or feeling.

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Dreams Do Come True

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John and Mindy Fredrikson have realized their longtime dream of embracing the North Woods resort lifestyle by acquiring the Gunflint Lodge and Gunflint Northwoods Outfitters, a staple on the Minnesota-Ontario border since 1925.  The Gunflint Lodge has cabins, a lodge building, 125 beds, gourmet restaurant, horseback riding, ski trails, zip line through beautiful wooded country and 100 acres of lakeshore property.

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Kelsey O’Neil/ Vain Salon

Kelsey O’Neil was raised in Marquette, MI and the Detroit, MI areas.  Her parents separated when Kelsey was very young.  Her grandmother, who owned a number of small businesses, was a huge influence in her life; especially inspiring Kelsey’s development as a business woman and entrepreneur.

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Sheet Metal Solutions Journey

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Mark LaTour contacted the UMD Center for Economic Development (UMD CED) to receive Small Business Development Center (SBDC) consulting assistance a number of years ago. At that time he and a partner wanted to discuss starting a HVAC/sheet metal fabrication business.  They were young ambitious men ready to start their entrepreneurial journey.

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