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Mastermind group offers input for fellow entrepreneurs
May 21, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Shane Ferguson watches the mixing board in his recording studio in the basement of the TCD building in downtown Scottsbluff.

Starting a small business can often be intimidating, but the local Scottsbluff Mastermind group is ready to share their experiences and knowledge to make the road to small business success smoother.

Mastermind member companies started moving into the Twin Cities Development building in January. TCD Executive Director Rawnda Pierce said they’ll be advertising soon that space is available for startup companies to get on their feet before expanding into larger office space elsewhere in the community.

Mastermind member Josh Curtis said about 20 businesses are associated with the group and they have about 14 members.

“The group helps solve each other’s business problems, they have coaching workshops and bring in motivational speakers,” Pierce said. “The recording studio in the basement came about because of the Mastermind group.”

Shane Ferguson, owner of Ferguson Pro Tone Studio, was set up elsewhere when a diesel shop moved in next door. He asked the Mastermind group about possible space and they suggested the basement of the TCD building.

“It was a mess down there,” Pierce said. “Lights were hanging down, but Shane cleaned it up and moved in about two weeks ago.”
Pierce added it didn’t take long for the studio to get back in business. Some pictures of the studio on his Facebook page brought in several prospects right away.

“I knew some of the guys in the Mastermind group, so when I needed a new location, this just fell into place,” Ferguson said. “I offer audio engineering, mixing and mastering. I prefer to work with artists to help develop their careers.”

His main focus is helping artists with recording albums, getting the material prepped for release and distribution, and getting artists through the right doors for success.

“I was a signed artist when I was 19 and was playing music across the country,” Ferguson said. “I’ve seen the good and the bad, so my goal is to help new artists stay within their budgets and get their music out into the marketplace.”

While pursuing his music career, Ferguson met several people in the music management area, so he knows the costs involved in launching a career. “I keep my studio costs low,” he said. “That way, when an artist leaves, they’re not broke. They have the means to hire management and promoters to help them become successful.”

Ferguson said he’s helped artists from around the region. “Offering those services here is also good for the community. I’d like to help the music scene come back alive in the area.”
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