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Date published: 3/13/2012

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By Craig Schulin


WHAT ARE THE BEST LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES SEEKING ASSISTANCE IN GETTING STARTED OR EXPANDING? As a women business owner, I am a member of the Ladies Small Business Networking group, which is a network of women-owned businesses in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area. We help organize events and participate in our community while mentoring other women and promoting their efforts. Also, I Google everything.

HAVE YOU EVER WORKED WITH A NOTABLE PERSON OR CELEBRITY? IF SO, WHO? Pete Evick and his band, EVICK, have played at Mainstreet over the last 10 years. EVICK is the band that tours with Bret Michaels.

WHAT BUSINESS BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND THE MOST AND WHY? "E Myth" by Michael Gebber . Before I read this book I had no idea how to run a business, and I already had owned Mainstreet for a year. The first year I thought to help my business run I needed to bartend, but instead I needed to be focusing on the business and let my bartenders bartend.

CAN YOU SHARE A WEIRD FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT WE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Contrary to popular belief, owning a business does not mean that you will be filthy rich not even close.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW? I am lucky and I have a great staff!! We are like family. Steve, my bar manager, has been at Mainstreet for 10 years. Kelly (bartender) for 10 years, Jackie (bartender) for seven years, Tracy, my kitchen manager for six years, Scotte (bartender) for five years, Jon (cook) four years, Peggy (cook) for three years. And Amy, my floor manager, has been here for two years. These are just to name a few. We have more employees who are awesome. So make sure you develop your employees to a level that you can fully trust them.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Hanging out with my family! We like to be outdoors! The kiddos love Geocaching.

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