Matthew Poyle (left) and Lisa Mackin (right) of NEO LaunchNET. Oscar Rosado | The Collegian

Tracy Carden-Marson, owner of Tracy’s Trinkets & Treasures + MORE at her display. Oscar Rosado | The Collegian

Freelance Writer Kelly Boyer Sagert at her table.

Oscar Rosado

Ten businesses representatives came to campus on Nov. 19 for NEO LaunchNET’s Homecoming event. It consisted of alumni of the school who have been clients of the NEO LaunchNET who have started their businesses.

A few of the alumni representatives

One of these representatives is Tracy Carden-Marson, who is the owner of Tracy’s Trinkets & Treasures + MORE, located at 354 Broad St. in Elyria, OH. She has been selling her product independently in Avon for 11 years. Carden-Marson just opened her business, Tracy’s Trinkets & Treasures + MORE, one year ago. Her business includes selling handmade and homemade items; all organic. A few of these items include soaps, candles, and other goods. She works full time, seven days a week, and is a mother of seven children, and a grandmother of five. 

Freelance Writer, Kelly Boyer Sagert is also an alumni, who now currently works on assortments of written projects. She writes for publications and for clients. She said for publications, they are under her name, and for clients she uses a ghost name. She has published 18 books under her name, ghost written five books, wrote five plays, and said has written parts of larger works, as well as articles. She studied Psychology at Bowling Green, but soon came to LCCC and took basic classes such as marketing, and accounting. With help of the NEO LaunchNET she was able to succeed with her business. Currently she is self employed, and writes for all types of clients, and is based in Lorain.

“We’re very proud of our alumni. It’s been a great event so far,” said NEO LaunchNET Program Coordinator Matthew Poyle.