By, Kelly Kabotoff
In 2004 my father approached me with an offer. Would I be interested in moving to Denver, CO to help him launch a new business? While the idea of getting into the printer cartridge industry didn't necessarily excite me, the chance of working for my dad and learning first hand the ins and outs of starting and running a business was something I couldn't pass up. The next 3 years proved to be an adventure, one not free of challenges, but it was also a business education that, I would argue, rivaled that of any MBA program around.
While my first experience in family entrepreneurship started in Colorado, my dad's started right here in northern Minnesota, a place that I am discovering has as uniquely rich history in family entrepreneurship. So much so, that we were inspired to launch a series of stories of family business duos. In honor of Father's Day in June we decided to start with a father/son duo, Brad & Jeremy Olsen from Salon Brad in Grand Rapids, MN.
How long have you been working together?
J: About 8 1/2 years.
Whose idea was it to go into business together?
B: Since the salon had been established for some years it seemed the obvious right decision for Jeremy to join us!
J: It was probably mostly my mom(and I suppose my dad as well) that supported my decision of moving home from Tulsa, OK and getting into hair and helping me get on my feet by offering me a job at the salon. The initial idea was to "get a little experience under my belt" before hitting the road to either Chicago or Minneapolis. But after moving home and finding the love of my life and re-falling in love with northern MN - 8 1/2 years later I'm still working with good ole' Pop
If you could tell a room full of potential entrepreneurs one thing what would it be?
B: Love what you do! It's what gets you through the mundane and "dry" times of a career!
J: Do what you love.