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Entrepreneurs defy historic crisis with mighty resolve

Struggling to survive the crush of the pandemic, many business owners created their own opportunities to thrive.


November 22, 2021

Artist Colleen O'Connor, shown with a paint swatch in her St. Paul studio, broadened her offerings of at-home projects.

Colleen O'Connor was surrounded by a mess of her own making, just the way she liked it.

Across the tables of her St. Paul art studio were small frames, cups of paintbrushes and mini plastic pots filled with acrylic paint she mixed herself. She moved into the space in October 2019, thinking it would be a good place to host classes and expand a business she'd been running from her attic.

"The intention of the studio was to up my game a little bit and to prove to myself and others that I was an artist," O'Connor said.


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