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The Hill Entrepreneurial Profile

Blaine business matches college students’ skills, business’ project needs

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Leah Kodner, Library Specialist from the James J. Hill Center, interviews Entrepreneur and 1 Million Cup presenter, Amanda Carlson on her Company Rookiework.

As seen in the Pioneer Press, September 25, 2016
Small businesses by definition have very few employees, sometimes not enough to perform all the tasks that need performing. These businesses also can lack the funds to hire consultants to perform these tasks.
College students, on the other hand, have valuable skills but not enough experience on their résumés to be hired for jobs that use those skills. Amanda Carlson and Thomas Storfjord created Rookiework to solve both problems, connecting the talented (and inexpensive) students seeking experience with the small businesses in need of help.

COMPANY PROFILE

Name of company: Rookiework
Location: Blaine
Website: www.rookiework.com
Business Start Date: February 2016
Number of Employees: Two partners, Amanda Carlson and Thomas Storfjord
Number of Customers: Approximately 75

ENTREPRENEUR PROFILE

Name: Amanda Carlson
Age: 27
City you live in: Blaine
City of birth: Rochester
High school attended: Eveleth-Gilbert High School in Eveleth, Minn.
College attended: Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minn.

Q&A

Q. What led to this point?

A. I am originally a small town girl from the Iron Range in northern Minnesota. I have always enjoyed helping others and that passion flourished within the business world. I learned that I could help others while working at our two family businesses up north. After several career changes and moving to the Twin Cities with my husband, I became the business developer for Rookiework. READ MORE

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