When most people think of jail, they think of someone who did the wrong thing and is now behind bars, paying their debt to society. Most wouldn’t believe that someone behind bars could eventually move forward in life while becoming the owner and CEO of a multi-million dollar organization. However, that is precisely what Mark Minard has done, ultimately turning his life around for the better and becoming an inspiration to other entrepreneurial hopefuls looking to have success while running their businesses.
Despite some run-ins with the law in his younger years, Mark Minard refused to let his past define him and hold him back.
Despite some run-ins with the law in his younger years, Mark Minard refused to let his past define him and hold him back. Instead of sulking over the fact that he had spent time in jail and was in trouble with law enforcement before, he decided to pick himself up and push forward to accomplish some important goals that have allowed him to get much further in life.
“We’re all here for a reason. I would constantly remind myself of that when I felt down over my past. I knew that I didn’t want to let the past hold me back, so I started focusing on doing what I could to become the best version of myself, which is when I had the idea of starting Dreamshine. The business changes the lives of those with special needs by providing job training, life skills assistance, coaching, and more,” shares Mark Minard. “The goal is to help those with special needs reach their greatest potential while living quality lives that they’ll love and interacting with people around them in the best way possible. The business started in 2007 and has thrived since then. It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in business for 15 years.”
As someone who had experienced numerous challenges in his daily life, Mark Minard set out to embark on an exciting journey that would turn into an incredible, high-earning business servicing the special needs community. Dreamshine offers an adult day program designed to help those with disabilities develop better social skills and healthy living skills while enjoying new and exciting opportunities to socialize and have fun.
“My sister Amy and I had an incredible vision for this business. We knew it was important to provide a program that offers a comfortable and welcoming environment for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities,” says Minard. “We wanted to offer that safe space for these individuals while making the programs fun and enjoyable for all. Our client-centered business focuses on teaching valuable lessons that resonate with program participants. There is a reason we’ve been in business so long, and it’s because we have always put the needs of our clients first while continuing to go above and beyond expectations.”
While sitting in that jail cell, the thought of becoming a successful entrepreneur behind a meaningful business with a genuine purpose never crossed Mark Minard’s mind. However, he has since used his past experiences and knowledge combined with the need for safe and exciting programs for special needs people to create something spectacular. As the owner of Dreamshine, he continues focusing on providing the best programs to those who can benefit most from them.