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The Deal: JULIE NEUMANN FURRY FARM PET BOARDING CAMP

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Date published: 2/14/2012


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By Craig Schulin

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WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR AND WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE THAT PERSON GAVE YOU? My parents are my mentors. My mother's enthusiasm for learning was contagious. Whether we were planting a new garden, canning tomatoes or taking a road trip, she taught me to enjoy the process just as much as the result. My father led by steadfast example, encouraging me to pursue my dreams but with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Best advice was from my parents which was to "be grateful, be gracious, and share."

WHAT ARE THE BEST LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN GETTING STARTED OR EXPANDING? Library, bookstore, other small business owners, the Internet, and a good accountant.

HAVE YOU EVER WORKED WITH A NOTABLE PERSON OR CELEBRITY? IF SO, WHO? I have never worked with a celebrity or famous person. Some of my customers are pretty remarkable, for example the Marine whose dog I took care of while he deployed overseas or the woman who would painstakingly bring her dogs for day care so the dogs could run while she was receiving her chemotherapy.

WHAT BUSINESS BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND THE MOST AND WHY? "Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey. This book provides defined principles to live by in both business and personal life.

CAN YOU SHARE A WEIRD FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT WE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Humans and dogs are very much alike. In social groups the dogs form friendships, rivalries, and even love triangles. It is a hoot, and it keeps the staff and me laughing.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW?

1. Identify a community need that matches your passion and skill set.

2. Gravitate to those who will offer encouragement and mindful advice.

3. Love the work, and others will appreciate you because of that.

4. Keep your sense of humor.

5. Lead with compassion and follow with enthusiasm.

6. Own your mistakes and use them to make your business better.

7. Pay your successes forward to make your community better.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Hiking, gardening, spending time with senior citizens, and being with my family are things I enjoy.

WHO WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND TIME WITH, WARREN BUFFETT, DORIS BUFFETT OR JIMMY BUFFETT? Doris Buffett because of her empowering work with women.

540/972-5600; furryfarmcamp.com

--As told to Craig Schulin


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