June 4, 2023


Moving Forward

Northwest Minnesota business owner named Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Grand Forks Herald

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Though Ronnings has been open up in northern Minnesota for a long time, organization-huge adjustments in the last number of years have led to development in the clothes retail outlet, says the company’s operator.

“This business enterprise is 60 decades previous now, but we’re carrying out factors in the very last two to a few yrs that have by no means been carried out at the retailer,” reported Garrett Larson, owner of Ronnings.

Larson, 29, who took about the family enterprise in 2020, states his willingness to test new points and the mentality that change is great has served him locate achievement at a young age.

Larson was not long ago named the 2023 Minnesota Youthful Entrepreneur of the 12 months by the U.S. Smaller Enterprise Administration. The award is presented to an person who is the operator and operator of a little business, less than the age of 30.

“Some matters have been trial and mistake, and have not worked, but the mentality of not performing what has constantly been done, I experience like, has been a major purpose this award was received,” he explained.

Ronnings, which has locations in Intercontinental Falls, Baudette, Roseau and Thief River Falls, sells outfits, outerwear, footwear, items and regionally-designed products.

“Succeeding in smaller organization at any age is an accomplishment to be regarded,” reported Brian McDonald, district director for the SBA in Minnesota in a push launch. “It’s thrilling to be in a position to honor youthful business people like Garrett and know they are thriving thanks to some added enable they have received from the SBA and our dependable useful resource companions.”

Ronnings opened in 1964 in Intercontinental Falls and was acquired by Larson’s family members in 2001. They opened a 2nd site in Baudette in 2003. Locations in Roseau and Thief River Falls opened in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

Larson began handling some of the Ronnings areas in 2016 immediately after graduating faculty with a diploma in company administration and transitioned to a corporate-level position overseeing keep operations in 2018.

“When I came on comprehensive-time, I acquired much more and much more into it, just making an attempt to boost what was currently there,” he said.

Performing with SBA and Northwest Modest Small business Enhancement Centre, he procured all the Ronnings stock and took over as the proprietor and operator of the business in 2020.

Due to the fact getting the owner of the company, he has released added benefits for workforce like an incentive application, health coverage and a 401k with 6% corporation match on top rated of rising employees’ yearly compensation.

“Getting our workforce on board to attempt to make improvements to the keep has been a major cause a lot of our advancement has occur in the final two yrs,” Larson mentioned.

And the business enterprise is even now rising. An expansion of the first location in Intercontinental Falls is prepared for later this yr, and building is envisioned to get a calendar year to 16 months to complete, Larson claimed. The firm is also searching for a developing to house a fifth spot, probably in Park Rapids or Detroit Lakes.

“We really feel we’re ready for one more a person,” Larson claimed. “It’s been 4 many years since we expanded to one more locale, so we’re performing anything on our close to get all set for one more retailer.”

With shops in communities of fewer than 10,000 men and women, the corporation strives to build a retailer as superior in high-quality as similar outlets in even larger communities in Minnesota, claimed Larson.

“It’s type of amazing that they figure out some thing from these small, rural areas when really, for this award, it’s statewide,” claimed Larson.

The most recent Ronnings spot opened in Thief River Falls in 2019.

Contributed / Garrett Larson

Ingrid Harbo

Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo handles Grand Forks area information, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the encompassing area.

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