Owatonna Area Business Development Center

1065 24th Ave SW, Owatonna, MN    (507) 451-0517

© 2016 by Owatonna Area Business Development Center

Recognizing the entrepreneurs of today and planting the seeds for the future

February 19th, 2020

Owatonna High School

On the third day of National Entrepreneurship Week, the community is invited to view 10 different entrepreneurship stories in the Owatonna High School Auditorium from 9 - 11:30 am. Then a bus tour will be held from 12 - 2 pm, where our tour guides will share details about the history of local businesses. Roy Koenig from KRFO will be doing a live remote on Bus #1, and there will be stops along the way where community members can visit businesses. Please join us for a fun day of entrepreneurship!

OHS Auditorium

9:00 - 9:15: Superintendent Jeff Elstad and OHS Principal Kory Kath will discuss the proposed student run business at the High School

9:15 - 9:30: We will talk to Paula Trenda about her business Curly Girlz Candy

9:30 - 9:45:

9:45 - 10:00: We will talk to Ruth Livingston and Kaitlyn Madole about their business Scrunchies X-Tra 

10:00 - 10:15: We will watch a video recorded interview by Josie Sullivan with her brother Jay Sullivan about his shoe design business.

10:15 - 10:30: We will talk to Josie Sullivan and maybe her business partner Molly Hawkins about their business - Uffda Gear

10:30 - 10:45: We will talk to Nolan Baker about his business - Baker Tech Services

10:45 - 11:00: We will talk to Nolan Baker and members of the robotics team about the process of building the robot and what it was designed to do. 

11:00 - 11:15: 

11:15 - 11:30:

Tables in the Lobby 11 - 12

Bus Tours

Bus #1 will load at Owatonna High School at 11:45am in the tennis court parking lot. From there the tour guide will explain the history of the businesses as you travel to:

  • Torey's Restaurant and Bar

  • Hat Chic Clothing (Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist - Tanya Henson)

  • Owatonna Fitness (Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist - Reagan West)

  • Josten's

  • Federated Insurance (C.I. Buxton is being inducted into the Hall of Fame)

  • Curly Girls Candy (Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist - Paula Trenda)

  • Bellebrooke Boutique

  • Bus #1 will then visit the businesses Bus #2 has already visited

  • Bus #1 will return back to Owatonna High School by 2:00pm to end the tour

Bus #2 will load at the Steele County Fairgrounds at 11:45am. From there the tour guide will explain the history of the businesses as you travel to:

  • Owatonna Area Business Development Center - you will be able to get off the bus at this stop, and tour the facility

  • FoamCraft (Bob Ayers is being inducted into the Hall of Fame)

  • Climate By Design (CDI) (Tom Peterson is being inducted into the Hall of Fame)

  • Wenger (Harry Wenger is being inducted into the Hall of Fame)

  • Viracon (James Martineau is being inducted into the Hall of Fame)

  • Cybex

  • Sister's Salon

  • CarTime

  • Grace's

  • Bushel Boy

  • Bus #2 will then visit the businesses Bus#1 has already visited. 

  • Bus #2 will return back to the Steele County Fairgrounds by 2:00pm to end the tour.