One family, many businesses: Max Organics, Ben’s Blooms, Duluth Trading Company, and more

Max and garlic

The inventor of the Bucket Boss and founder of Duluth Trading Company, while declining to pay allowances to his children, has infused his kids with entrepreneurial skills that will last a lifetime. This was an interesting visit, and an incredible story I’m excited to tell. Learn more on Ed’s Big Adventure about the creation of these incredibly ambitious kid-owned businesses: Max Organics and Ben’s Blooms.

This story traces a genetic lineage that began with the closure of the U.S. Steel mill, which ultimately prompted the formation of one of Duluth’s most successful homegrown businesses, and continues to thrive in this next generation. This story will inspire you to think outside-of-the-box when it comes to running a business, instilling entrepreneurial skills in kids, and to live and buy locally.



about 8 years ago


I read the piece on your website and thought it was fantastic. Not only did I learn a lot about...well, a lot, I came away inspired. 

Learning that Grandma's lets one of the boys use their kitchen increased my respect for a company that, while obviously crucial to the local service economy, has never impressed me with a commitment to quality. I can let a bit of that slide knowing they are encouraging and actively aiding a young local entrepreneur. That's just great...

Also, your writing is clear and concise with just enough descriptors, etc., and always conveys your enthusiasm. 

Thanks for taking the time...

Eddy Gilmore

about 8 years ago

Thanks for the swell comments there. Much appreciated!

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