在niacc约翰pappajohn创业中心和爱荷华州北部地区小企业发展中心很高兴地宣布 马特·柯蒂斯 的 Wayne’s Ski & Cycle 在梅森城作为 2020年3月的企业家月.
马特·柯蒂斯 purchased Wayne’s Ski & Cycle in 2004. Matt had never thought 的 being an entrepreneur or owning a business before. But when the previous owner, Wayne, approached him about buying the business, Matt realized how much he liked the idea. “I followed the dream that I didn’t even know I had,” he said. “I discovered I wouldn’t have to wear a tie or work for a corporation. I loved the lifestyle, w要么king around all the things I liked to do, and I liked selling. It’s rewarding to learn about the new products and technologies and help customers better enjoy their lifestyle through better products.”
Matt had been working at Wayne’s off and on since 1992, first while he attended NIACC and later when he moved back to Mason City to pursue a career in Human Resources. Wayne’s was originally founded in 1976 as part of a regional chain of sporting goods stores. Its continued presence in Mason City has been in large part due to the dedication and buy-in of its employees, and is an example of the importance 的 succession planning for a locally owned and operated business. Small business owners must think ahead to keep their business open after retirement. Wayne’s Ski & Cycle has now been operating continuously in Mason City f要么 44 years.
After Matt purchased Wayne’s Ski & Cycle, they moved from their downtown Mason City location to a new building on the west side of town. “It was the right decision at the time,” Matt said. “We needed the space and the accessibility.” Now, almost twenty years later, Wayne’s Ski & Cycle has moved back to downtown Mason City in a newly renovated, spacious building. As rural downtowns work on revitalization, local businesses are buying in. Matt w要么ked with the NIACC pappajohn中心 & SBDC during their move downtown through the process 的 purchasing and renovating the new building.
One of Matt’s most important entrepreneurial lessons: “If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to take a chance.” 商业 is always changing and evolving – what worked 20 years ago isn’t necessarily what works today. Matt has w要么ked to keep Wayne’s Ski & Cycle nimble and relevant. This has included finding a new business niche like seasonal ski swap events, establishing a culture 的 employee buy-in that’s open to suggestions and new ideas, and moving the business location back to downtown Mason City.
As the 2020年3月的企业家月, Matt has been adjusting to the current turbulent times resulting from the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic even as this profile was being written. Like every other business, Wayne’s Ski & Cycle is working to limit the impact of the virus on the health of our citizens and their freedom and livelihoods. Taking care of our community’s emotional and mental health during these uncertain times, in addition to the physical health of both customers and employees, has led Matt to make changes in the way they serve their customers. Curbside pick up and drop off, home drop off and delivery, and online shopping + local delivery are some of the ways Wayne’s Ski & Cycle is w要么king to keep their customers on the road while also limiting the spread 的 the virus.
在这次史无前例的时候，有一两件事是肯定的 - 北爱荷华州的企业家将创新和应变，并继续寻找方法来服务我们的社区。
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