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Paintball business pro beats naysayers, setbacks to become top young entrepreneur

Twenty-eight-year-old Matt Ames operates a 200-acre paintball park and multiple retail stores, and employs eight full-timers and as many as 50 part-timers during the peak season. The U.S. Small Business Administration just named him the Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year. "This (award) kind of hushes the critics a little bit and legitimizes what we're doing and what I've put my heart and soul into for the past 10 years," he tells the Pioneer Press.
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Twenty-eight-year-old Matt Ames operates a 200-acre paintball park and multiple retail stores, and employs eight full-timers and as many as 50 part-timers during the peak season. The U.S. Small Business Administration just named him the Minnesota Young Entrepreneur of the Year. "This (award) kind of hushes the critics a little bit and legitimizes what we're doing and what I've put my heart and soul into for the past 10 years," he tells the Pioneer Press.

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