By John Reinan
Looking for a Christmas gift that will do some good? A Minneapolis entrepreneur is donating profits from sales on Monday to the social services organization that helped him gain the skills to start a leather goods business.
Scott Loeser was a product developer for Gander Mountain when he was laid off during the Great Recession. After several years of unemployment and underemployment, he was able to enroll in a Dunwoody College of Technology program that teaches skills in working with leather and fabric: the so-called “cut and sew” industry.
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By Mpls Egotist
Local ad peeps turned "makers," Rhea O'Connor and Scott Loeser recently launched Marked, the duo's line of high quality leather goods and have a holiday campaign Marked for Success with which 100% of their profits will benefit Lifetrack's employment and training programs. Lifetrack is a nonprofit human services organization that develops strengths within those facing life challenges. Through Lifetrack, co-founder Loeser received a scholarship to attend industrial sewing training at Dunwoody College as...
Published: September 29, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS — It was past quitting time at a new textile factory here, but that was not the only reason the work floor looked so desolate. Under the high ceilings, the fluorescent lights still bright, there were just 15 or so industrial sewing machines in a sprawling space meant for triple that amount.
The issue wasn’t poor demand for the curtains, pillows and other textiles being produced at...
Posted: 3:37 pm Mon, May 13, 2013
An effort to train new workers in industrial sewing has given a Minneapolis resident the springboard to start his own business.
Scott Loeser and 14 others have nearly completed the first class organized by The Makers Coalition, an alliance of Minnesota companies that need skilled sewing machine operators, Dunwoody College in Minneapolis and Lifetrack Resources, a St. Paul social service agency.Read the full story on Finance and Commerce