There’s nothing the Greater Fergus Falls team loves more than celebrating the successes of our business community. While we take a lot of pleasure in watching businesses of all types and sizes grow and thrive, we can’t help but get excited when a new business makes its home in the Fergus Falls region. On that note, we wanted to highlight a brand new addition to the area, Cardinal Consulting Solutions.
This new business is the brainchild of Amy Johnson, a Minneapolis native with extensive human resources experience. Cardinal Consulting Solutions “helps companies empower their workforce and energize productivity by optimizing their recruitment, retention, and engagement processes while offering customizable, comprehensive solutions.”
Workforce development is an area Greater Fergus Falls is passionate about, so we’re incredibly thrilled to welcome Cardinal Consulting Solutions to our business community. Keep reading to find out more about Johnson and her entrepreneurial pursuit.
Feeling Called to Making an Impact
While both Johnson and her husband are originally from Minnesota, they spent several years living in Clarksville, Tennessee. Johnson’s husband was stationed with the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell, KY while she worked in human resources in Nashville. In 2011, the couple made their way back to Minnesota.
“We chose West Central Minnesota because of the quality of life it has to offer and immediately found a life in Fergus Falls. Everything fell into place: work, childcare, and housing. I found a job immediately in human resources at Lake Region Healthcare. Five years later, I transitioned over to Northern Contours as a Recruitment, Training, and Development Manager.”
Johnson had been working in human resources for years at that point, choosing the profession because she wanted to help people and make a difference. While she genuinely enjoyed her work, she felt like she could make a bigger impact.
There were times she considered starting her own business but Johnson says she didn’t really have “the clarity or guts to take the leap.” That all changed in 2020 when her position at Northern Contours was eliminated. She was offered other roles within the company, but Johnson ultimately decided it was time to try her hand at entrepreneurship.
Vector Windows Recruitment Video via Cardinal Consulting Solutions
Tapping Into Local Resources for Entrepreneurs
Johnson was confident she could use her background in human resources to help companies attract, retain, and enhance their workforce. However, she knew she needed a little help with the technical aspects of getting her business off the ground. Johnson initially tried to figure it out on her own but quickly realized it wasn’t enough.
“There are so many pieces to the entrepreneur puzzle that I didn’t see coming,” she recalls. “I was Googling everything. It was exhausting, time-consuming, not the most reliable resource, and serious information overload.”