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DAWN & BRIAN WHITMORE
The Deal: Dawn & Brian Whitmore YKP, LLC

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PETER CIHELKA/THE FREE LANCE-STAR
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Date published: 7/3/2012


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By Craig Schulin

EDUCATION: Dawn has a master's degree in entertainment business and a bachelor's in communication studies.

FIRST JOB: Brian's: Paperboy.

Dawn's: Clearing tables at Andora's Restaurant.

WORST JOB: Brian's worst job was at a carpet warehouse.

Dawn's worst job was at a restaurant, working as a short-order cook.

HOW DID YOU END UP OWNING YKP LLC? We started YKP LLC in 2007 after Dawn graduated from University of North Carolina. The company expanded to include Uncle Bear Voice Productions in 2011 after relocating from North Carollina to Virginia.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DECISION YOU'RE WRESTLING WITH NOW? The biggest business decision we're currently wrestling with is how to promote Uncle Bear Voice Productions.

WHAT IS ONE THING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR JOB? The one thing we would change is to engage mobile marketing more.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB NOW? That we can work the hours around Brian's full-time job.

WHO WAS YOUR MENTOR? Dawn's mentor was a professor at UNCW while she was completing an independent study.

HAVE YOU EVER WORKED WITH A NOTABLE PERSON OR CELEBRITY? IF SO, WHO? We have worked with artists who have been notable in the Christian entertainment industry.

WHAT BUSINESS BOOK DO YOU RECOMMEND THE MOST AND WHY? There are tons of books out there on business and I couldn't pick just one.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE THINKING ABOUT STARTING A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW? Make sure you love what you are planning on doing as a business for it is 10 times harder work than anyone has ever told you.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LIKELY TO BE DOING WHEN NOT WORKING? Dawn: Reading, working out, or taking pictures.

Brian: Working out, spending time with family.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW? Dawn: In a position to have paid off all the school loans that provided the knowledge and information to open and run a successful business.

WHO WOULD YOU RATHER SPEND TIME WITH, WARREN BUFFETT, DORIS BUFFETT OR JIMMY BUFFETT? Dawn: Jimmy Buffett for the mere fact he is an artist.

Brian: Jimmy Buffett.

--As told to Craig Schulin


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