May 2017 Maple Grove Magazine

In the Bright Ideas issue we check in with 15 entrepreneurs who share what it takes to turn a dream into reality.

Picture a Maple Grove where townhomes are replaced with farms and horse-drawn carriages serve as transportation. This is the Maple Grove of the early 1900s.


Marcia Ryan
Age: 53
Background: Grocery cashier and mother of four
Advice for new entrepreneurs: Know that you will have long hours in your day. Follow the opportunity that God has given you.


Dawn Turner moved to Maple Grove from Alabama five years ago and started the non-profit Darby’s Dancers because of a friend of her daughter’s named Darby.


Pete Saari
Age: 50

Background: Three startup companies and consulting for a company that sells 3-D printing systems


Veronica Gagnelius


The uses for Jellyfeet are innumerable. The non-latex covering worn over the foot proves useful when donned in locker rooms, a yoga class, swimming pools, hotel rooms or at airport security, and can be worn outdoors, with socks or barefoot.


Mark Sackett, a 34-year veteran of the Osseo School District, didn’t imagine himself with the title of entrepreneur when he was busy teaching 8th grade earth science. He was passionate about making sure his students learned fun and interesting facts about geology, weather and astronomy.


Fascinated by life sciences and the medtech industry, Teri Woodwick Sides immersed herself in learning everything she could about the field for more than 25 years.


Cornhole, also known as bean bag toss, is an international game in which teams take turns throwing small bags filled with dry corn or beans into holes on a board. When Mike St.


The owners of the Maple Grove Travel Leaders agency, Sandy Lovick and her son Dave Lovick, were recently given the “Associate of the Year” award by the Travel Leaders Network. Sandy has been interested in travel since backpacking in Europe at age 18.


Maple Grove Magazine is proud to have received a gold medal in the Feature Design category of the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association Awards.


Killing It: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Keeping Your Head Without Losing Your Heart
by Sheryl O’Loughlin

A great read for any entrepreneur. As the former CEO of Clif Bar, O’Loughlin gives tips to preserve emotional well-being on the path to success.


Placing second in the Activities & Events category of the 2016 Focus on Maple Grove photo contest, Christa Adamczyk stood out as a photographer. The image features her son Lucas and nephew Roman. “We were soaking up the last little bit of summer,” she says.


Alex Steinman began her business, Strong Like Mama, when she noticed a lack of working mom blogs and positive messages for children about working mothers.