Our latest Protégé to be featured in the Protégé Spotlight is Tricia Rose! Tricia has been an extraordinary success story—awarded the Wisconsin SBA 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, she has overcome considerable adversity on her way to her current position as owner and operator of Rose Publications, a Wisconsin Certified Woman-Owned Minority Business Enterprise. Her story is an inspirational one—both for what she has overcome, and what she has achieved.
Tricia was born into a poor neighborhood in Upper Michigan. In a sign of what was to come, however, her circumstances did little to hold her from achieving her ambitions. Going from food stamps to being the first in her family to earn a university degree, Tricia’s tenacity and determination fueled her on to pursue her dreams of entrepreneurship.
At 26, Tricia found herself newly unemployed, with two young children at home, and twins on the way. Facing what many would consider to be impossible odds, she chose to apply her degree in business management to launch her own newspaper and pursue self employment.
Her dreams appeared to be dashed, however, when the bank that had committed to financing her business denied her support in a last minute about-face.
Nevertheless, now unemployment, pregnant, and with no financial backing, Tricia launched the paper, the Clintonville Chroncile, in August of 2009.
In less than 12 weeks, the business would receive its first award, going on to receive numerous awards and accolades from the Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and more—earning over 20 awards by 2014.
Since its humble but successful beginnings, Tricia’s business has grown rapidly. Now employing twelve staff, the paper also provides Tricia the means to give back to the community. Serving as a Past President of the Clintonville Rotary Club, she has assisted the Club in chairing roles for youth and education, entertainment, recruitment and retention, and public relations. Additionally, she has served as president of the Clintonville Young Professionals Club, is a member of the Wisconsin’s Who’s Who Professionals, and has been elected for two terms as a member of the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Chamber of Commerce also chose her to serve as Vice President of the Ambassador Club for the organization.
Despite all of her commitments, Tricia has also found the time to contribute directly to the community. Tricia plays an active role in supporting the Boy / Girls Scouts, the American Legion, the United Way, the Clintonville Wise Guys, the Clintonville Goodfellows, the Navarino Nature Center, the VFW, and more.
Tricia’s story is one of perseverance, hard work, and extraordinary dedication. She has succeeded and thrived in what has often been relegated as a “dying industry,” and reminds each of us of the extraordinary rewards that can come with following your dreams and putting in the hard work to make them a reality.