Plymouth Entrepreneur Honored As ‘Woman Business Owner of the Year’
Take one step into the Eden Prairie showroom of Muska Lighting and you may think it’s a lot to take in.
“Because this is overwhelming,” said owner Celeste Schumacher.
It’s described as “overwhelming” because the showroom has hundreds of lights in every shape, size, color and price point.
“Sometimes people come into a lighting store like this and they think, ‘oh I can’t afford anything,'” Schumacher said. “But you can. And we make it beautiful for you.”
Schumacher calls lighting the “jewelry to the house.” Since 2004, the Plymouth resident has helped customers feel more at ease as they look to upgrade their homes or businesses.
“So the biggest thing that we try to do is really understand, you know, what is your budget, What is your design style, what are you looking for and really try to fit that to the customer,” Schumacher said.
But Schumacher doesn’t just lend her expertise to customers. She also tries to be a guiding light for up and coming women entrepreneurs.
“You know, I have always mentored women,” she said. “I think that we have a responsibility to make sure that we have the younger generation coming forward.”
Schumacher’s work as an entrepreneur and mentor earned her some recognition earlier this year.
The Minnesota chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) honored her as the Woman Business Owner of the Year.
“NAWBO is a great organization, and to be recognized by that organization was really an honor for me, to be entrepreneur of the year,” Schumacher said.
The award recognizes someone for innovation, perseverance and success, which is no small feat for a woman in the male-dominated industry of building.
But her advice for any entrepreneur is to find their passion.
“That’s really the answer, and you just have to fight for it,” Schumacher said.