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The Deal: HHH

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Date published: 5/1/2012


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By Craig Schulin

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WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR, AND WHAT WAS THE BEST ADVICE HE OR SHE GAVE YOU? There was a contract network administrator who used to help me in Culpeper County Schools with tough problems. He would let me watch everything he was doing and offered to teach me stuff I did not know. I learned more from him than from school.

WHAT ARE THE BEST LOCAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES GETTING STARTED OR EXPANDING? I am still trying to figure this one. I did everything myself, but it would be great to have assistance.

WHAT BUSINESS BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND THE MOST AND WHY? I do not have a particular favorite business book. I took business classes at Germanna Community College so my favorite business book was a college textbook.

CAN YOU SHARE A WEIRD FUN FACT ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT WE MIGHT NOT KNOW? Almost every computer has a virus or spyware, and anti-virus programs are better at fighting infection than catching the culprit in the act. Scan your computer at least once a month.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW? Do not buy shop supplies or inventory unless you know you need it. Business will start off slow, and you will have plenty of time to purchase equipment. I spent $500 on a point of sales system that I cannot use.

Also, take your time with people and offer free advice. A little bit of kindness goes a long way.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? I like to play disc golf. Loriella Park has a great course.

WHO WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND TIME WITH, WARREN BUFFETT, DORIS BUFFETT OR JIMMY BUFFETT? I would get along with Jimmy Buffett. "Just enjoy this ride on my trip around the sun."

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--As told to Craig Schulin


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