Nick DuPey, 30, and two artist friends, Zach Hobbes and Scott Campbell, wanted to open a screen-printing shop that would operate as a cooperative, where they could help bands design and create their own t-shirts, posters and CD sleeves. The need for startup money though, caused them to rethink their model. They decided to start a for-profit business, according to a story at CNNMoney.com.

DuPey turned to CreateHere, a nonprofit established in 2007 to provide resources and funding for Chattanooga entrepreneurs in the arts and creative fields.

In April, CreateHere made an $11,000 grant to DuPey and his partners, who also got cheap office space in a local business incubator. The lion’s share of the money went to rent and materials. “That grant was a pipe dream when we applied, and it was what enabled us to get the business of the ground,” DuPey says.

Although Young Monster isn’t yet supporting DuPey or his partners, who do other work on the side, it is now generating enough money to sustain itself.

Photo by Young Monster.