What is a Micro Business?

Micro Businesses are student-run companies offering various products and services to the community while providing our students “hands on” opportunities to lead, develop career skills, and experience entrepreneurship. Students participating in microbusinesses start thinking like business owners, and develop skills in problem solving, communication, time management, conflict resolution, and customer service.

Firewood

With guidance from staff, students participate in every step of the process; splitting logs and stacking wood to be air-dried, bundling for delivery, and marketing the product. Students don’t just do the labor; they are also involved in developing a sales strategy and marketing the product.

Goshen

1824 Reliance Road #C
Goshen, IN 46526

 

Ph: (574) 343-1878
Fax: (574) 343-1879

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Bill Dutkowski

Job Training Instructor

Master Spas Pallets

The business is made of two divisions, a Production team and an Operations team. The Production team builds pallets. Students acquire skills in using power tools, creating assembly line processes, team work and Lean Manufacturing. The Operations team works on sales and marketing. Students acquire skills working with Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Creating P&L sheets, writing business plans and team work.

Fort Wayne

6927 Lincoln Pkwy
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

 

Ph: (260) 209-0906
Fax: (260) 209-0907

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Kyle Mersch

Job Training Instructor

Spark Candles

Students rekindle their passion for life and learning as they develop job skills through our Spark Candle micro business that brings love and warmth to our supporters and customers.

Goshen

1824 Reliance Road #C
Goshen, IN 46526

 

Ph: (574) 343-1878
Fax: (574) 343-1879

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Derrick Matthews

Business Development Instructor

Kokomo

1234 Courtland Avenue
Kokomo, IN 46901

 

Ph: (765) 319-5188
Fax: (765) 319-0409

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Evelyn Short

Job Training Coordinator

Xtreme Tree Service

The Xtreme Tree Team is just that: Extreme. This group of young men tackle the tallest of trees and turn them to rubble. In the safest way possible, of course. Our tree team specializes in tree removal, stump removal, and limb trimming and removal.

Goshen

1824 Reliance Road #C
Goshen, IN 46526

 

Ph: (574) 343-1878
Fax: (574) 343-1879

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Joe Paden

Job Training Instructor

Corners and Things

Students work closely with staff to assemble parts needed for the assembly of hot tubs. The parts are sold to Master Spas for hot tub installation. Students manage their own P&L and learn how to communicate effectively.

Fort Wayne

6927 Lincoln Pkwy
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

 

Ph: (260) 209-0906
Fax: (260) 209-0907

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Stan Griswold

Job Training Instructor
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Adam Hughes

Job Training Instructor

Let’s Go Construction

With guidance from staff, students participate in construction projects including flooring installation, community clean up, housing demolition, window installation and more.  Students acquire trade specific skills while they learn team work and best practices in running a business.

South Bend

401 S Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601

 

Ph: (574) 968-4167
Fax: (574) 968-2489

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Kevin Mitschelen

Job Training Instructor

Woodmizer Milling

Students organize and trim lumber felled by our tree team into beautifully balanced wood cants. Making the consistent, long, straight cuts takes discipline and focus. Our Woodmizer Milling business builds these traits and more into our students

Goshen

1824 Reliance Road #C
Goshen, IN 46526

 

Ph: (574) 343-1878
Fax: (574) 343-1879

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Job Training Instructor

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