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Growing Flowers and Business

When Molly McCleary’s grandfather needed a caregiver, she decided to grow flowers because it provides a good ROI for a small acreage. McCleary, owner and farmer of Maypop Flower Farm, has hired a …

Hal Donaldson, CEO of Convoy of Hope, says he likes challenging people to hire the homeless. He says it requires understanding from the employers, but the dividends are smart, loyal and hard working …

SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal says when a business reaches the break even point, it can sustain itself without additional investment. “I think one of the biggest reasons businesses fail - it’s …

Curtis Millsap, owner of Millsap Farms, says their business model has changed over their twelve years in business. He says the question is no longer whether something is possible, but rather what …

“Your ability to act quickly and efficiently is really your biggest advantage when you’re competing in industries with large players,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Without big investments …

Scott Opfer, President of Opfer Communications, says they are building a new studio and office facility to become more efficient. “Our intent is to change our model so that we spend the majority of …

“You buy it Monday and it’s outdated Tuesday. We’re looking at lighting grids for our facility and some of the first LED technology that was so hot a year ago is now obsolete, so what do you …

Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio, says you need to trust in your strengths as a business owner, but don’t be too proud to accept help when you need it. …

Thor and Catherine Bersted started Lavender Falls Farm without a business loan. In this candid conversation four years into the venture, they share their personal ups, downs, doubts, and the lessons …

When Ron Kinney with Kinney Vending, Amusement, and Billiards Company, came back from serving in Vietnam, he started working in the family business with his father. When his father was killed in an …

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