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Karl Ivester

Lawrence, MA

INDUSTRY: WHOLESALE TRADE
BUSINESS: NEW ENGLAND SHUTTER MILLS
YEAR FOUNDED: 1999
PROGRAM: 2011 Interise Lawrence
“You’ve got to be able to work with others, you’ve got to be able to train others, you just can’t do it yourself. Once I realized that was the secret of my failure there was the secret of my success.”
BUSINESS OVERVIEW
New England Shutter Mills installs high-end shutters across the New England area. Based out of Lawrence, MA, the business has expanded substantially since President Karl Ivester participated in the 2011 StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program. Business has increased six-fold in revenue since 2011. On January 1, 2016, the business opened its first showroom in Cape Cod. New England Shutter Mills today employs ten people.

LEARNING TO DELEGATE
When Karl founded New England Shutter Mills, at first, he found it hard to make ends meet. In those early years, “It was a constant battle of knowing I had something good, knowing we did things well, but wondering why we just couldn’t put it together.”

In 2011, Karl grasped an opportunity to enroll in Interise’s StreetWise ‘MBA’™ program, which is geared towards owners of established small businesses looking to achieve second-stage growth. Through the program, Karl realized the importance of delegation - trusting competent employees. Karl now has the freedom to further grow his business, and give back to the city of Lawrence!

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