"Entrepreneur Mike Turcotte '08 found inspiration at SNHU."
Mike Turcotte '08 started with a bright idea and only $364 in the bank. He now owns Turn Cycle Solutions, a design/building company that focuses on creating energy-efficient homes and businesses throughout New England. (Company motto: "Go Green, Save Green.")
"I've always been peddling something," the 26-year-old Nashua, N.H., native says. "I bought my first car at 15 1/2, fixed it up, sold it and made a couple hundred dollars. Then I bought another one and did the same thing."
Turcotte credits SNHU Prof. Keith Moon, who taught his entrepreneurship/social innovation classes, for motivating him to be persistent in order to be successful.
"Keith facilitated me getting me to where I wanted to go," he says.
Turcotte researched trending industries while studying at SNHU and found a niche trade that meshed his construction background with his environmentally conscious upbringing. With recommendations from his environmental studies and business professors, he participated in an energy efficiency conference, where he learned about energy auditing.
He now employs six people (including an SNHU intern) who manage residential and commercial building audits and help owners design plans to make their buildings more energy efficient. His team also installs energy-saving measures such as insulation, windows and heating systems.
Turcotte was selected as the 2011 Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Hampshire, an award that recognizes entrepreneurs younger than 30 who have shown 3-year evidence of success in sales and profits, increased jobs, innovative products, and demonstrated potential for long-term success.
Giving back is important to Mike, too. He chairs Habitat for Humanity's Energy Reduction Program for the Greater Nashua area and started the David Bundy/Michael Turcotte Entrepreneurial Development Scholarship with his uncle to help SNHU students achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.