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EDUCATION: I graduated from Chancellor High School, and I have an associate degree in science.
FIRST JOB: When I was 14, I got my work permit and started working at Roy Rogers.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I thought about going into pharmacy.
HOW DID YOU END UP OWNING BEADS ON PARADE? I had been beading since I was a kid and continued the hobby for years. By the mid-1990s, I was starting to sell my jewelry at festivals. But there was never anything local insofar as a place to buy supplies. And beading is something very tactile, so ordering from a catalog and later from the Internet has its drawbacks. With those sources, you obviously can't hold the beads you are interested in, nor is getting an idea of the colors you want to use as easy as it is when you have the actual items you want to work with in front of you.
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DECISION YOU'RE WRESTLING WITH NOW? A couple of things. Where to advertise is always a challenge. The other is finding ways to bring people in during these tough economic times. We are always looking to come up with new and unique ideas, but at the same time keep things affordable.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR JOB? Not a thing. I love it. I've mentioned to my husband before that, yes, I could go work somewhere else, but I love this business.
WHO WAS YOUR HERO AS A CHILD, AND WHO IS TODAY? If I had to say just one person, it would be my grandmother. She has this spirit, this way of always being happy and making others happy. She told me that happiness depends on ourselves, and I haven't forgot that. But she, my mother, my kids--I'm so proud of them. I really have lots of heroes.
WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE THEY GAVE YOU? I've never had a mentor. But something that has stuck with me and I don't recall for sure who said it, maybe Einstein, that "you never fail until you stop trying." I feel this is the best way to approach business, life, etc.
WHAT ARE THE BEST LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN GETTING STARTED OR EXPANDING? I never really used any, though I did find Spotsylvania County was very helpful in guiding me through the permitting processes.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW? Make sure you have the funding. Also, make sure you understand any contracts you enter, such as the business's location. Know your ordinances and permitting rules.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Did I mention I have four boys? Housework is high on the list, though I don't do toilets. Years ago, my husband agreed to handle toilet cleaning duties, a skill he picked up in the Marine Corps. Tending to my pets is also important, particularly my angora rabbit.
WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW? Still here. I would like for my family to be involved. Perhaps some expansion of the business, though still in one location.
WHO WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND TIME WITH, WARREN BUFFETT, DORIS BUFFETT OR JIMMY BUFFETT? Doris does so much for people and show she cares about others so getting to meet her would be great. Jimmy would be a lot of fun. Maybe I could spend a couple of hours with Doris, and have Jimmy stop in for a margarita.
--As told to Craig Schulin
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