Dalton Outlaw, Element Gym’s Owner, is Minnesota’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Release Date: 
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Release Number: 
Sarah Swenty, sarah.swenty@sba.gov

MINNEAPOLIS – Dalton Outlaw, owner of Element Boxing and Fitness, SBC, doing Business as Element Gym in St. Paul has been named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Minnesota by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

To be chosen as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the business owner must serve as a majority owner and operate or bear principal responsibility for operating a small business with a three-year track record, and be under 30 years old. Outlaw meets these criteria and has demonstrated innovation in his business practices and the potential for long-term business success. 

“Dalton Outlaw is a great example of how youthful innovation in small business can make a difference in a community while also making a profit,” said Nancy Libersky, SBA’s Minnesota district director. “We are excited to honor his efforts and feel confident he will continue to do great things for his business and community as a whole.”

A native of St. Paul, Outlaw started boxing at eight years old and quickly fell in love with the craft of boxing. After graduating with a degree in business administration from Concordia University, he went on to pursue a career in the corporate world but felt that something was missing in his life. Starting his own business in 2011, Element Gym fills that void and is the vehicle that allows Outlaw to share his passion for boxing and health with the community.

Element Gym is the first co-working and collaborative-specific benefit corporation in the world. Created as a social enterprise, Element Gym works to turn profits into resources that go back into the community. It has several programs that allow area youth (many of whom would otherwise never have such an opportunity) to get in shape and keep a positive focus in life.

“It’s all about building community here at Element Gym, so we put people over profits,” said Dalton Outlaw.

Initially, the gym focused solely on boxing. Over time, it added other activities such as jiu jitsu, taekwondo, kick boxing, ballet, spinning, football training, and general fitness. For nearly each of these activities, a third-party service provider has rented space for its programs. Recently Element Gym partnered with the St. Paul Ballet. Their second collaborative performance will be on June 17 at the High School for Recording Arts., showcasing the art of boxing and the sport of ballet.

Outlaw was nominated by the Neighborhood Development Center from which he received technical business assistance.  Over a 4-year period NDC has provided more than 300 hours of technical assistance with marketing, accounting, financing, legal services and business management to business owners in the metro area.

The SBA, along with the SCORE Association and the Small Business Development Center, will honor Dalton Outlaw at the Minnesota Small Business Week Awards luncheon on May 4, 2017, at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

For more information on Small Business Week, please visit www.sba.gov/NSBW.

The Small Business Administration was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The Minnesota District Office provides SBA programs and services to the state of Minnesota. Working with our resource partners across the state, we help businesses start, grow and achieve success. For more information on our programs and services, visit www.sba.gov/mn.