Five Entrepreneurs Complete the Entrepreneur Fund’s ASCeND Leadership Development Program in Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota – January 16, 2018: The Entrepreneur Fund is pleased to announce five area business owners completed the organization’s ASCeND Leadership Development Program. ASCeND is designed to help like-minded business owners develop their own style of leadership.

“This was a great group and a truly transformational program,” said Candi Broeffle, Entrepreneur Fund consultant. “Everyone has their own style of leadership, and through the ASCeND coursework, business owners hone in on their strengths to become more effective leaders.”

Duluth ASCeND Graduates
Duluth ASCeND Graduates

Duluth-based business owners completing the six-session series included:

“Taking part of the ASCeND class allowed me to gain the skills necessary to more effectively communicate while delegating tasks and building my team,” said Dan Neff, owner of Lake Superior Art Glass. “It was a valuable course and a great follow up to Be Strategic: Grow Your Business. I would highly recommend taking the time to attend these classes.”

The ASCeND program is an interactive, six-session program that provides entrepreneurs with simple, practical tools to become more effective leaders. At the end of the program, business owners will have completed a professional development plan targeted at understanding their personal leadership style and leveraging it to drive business success. ASCeND is available to business owners who have completed Be Strategic: Grow Your Business. For more information on the ASCeND program, please visit

The Be Strategic program is a six-session series providing business owners with a long-term strategic plan, improved marketing, finance and management skills and a strong network of regional business peers. Participants are paired with an experienced Entrepreneur Fund Business Advisor for counsel in implementing their strategic plans and accessing other resources such as financing to execute their growth strategies. For more information about the Be Strategic program, please visit

Paul Forti, fourth generation owner of Sunrise Bakery in Hibbing, MN knew that something had to change in order for his family’s over 100-year-old business to survive. With a shifting economy and changing consumer preferences, “the way they’d always done it” wasn’t working anymore.