Feb. 13, 2013 — Successful entrepreneur. Keen mentor. Passionate volunteer. It's hard to get very far in a conversation about Teresa Brown before one or all of these superlatives winds up being mentioned.
For Brown, the path to becoming a successful businessperson began early in life, when at age 15, when she took her first job stocking shelves at a Dollar General Store.
“Business is something that became really ingrained in me when I worked there. I really enjoyed interacting with customers and recommending products that they might be interested in buying. I really liked that aspect of retail business,” Brown says
After working her way through college at Morehead State University, Brown spent three years managing retail stores in Lexington before returning to Carter County when she became engaged to her long-time boyfriend, Craig Brown.
It was then when she took a job as a buyer at Star's Fashion World in Ashland – an experience that left a tangible and lasting impact on her life.
“I got to take all the customer feedback and then use it to make decisions about the products we carried in the store. It was a chance to put my knowledge and experience to practical use,” Brown reflects.
“Also, the owners there were really my mentors. It was an independent business that they had owned for years. I got to see their family makeup and how it worked within the business.”
She would then go on to become the director of the campus bookstore at MSU, and eventually even own her own floral shop, where she would take on a new challenge – juggling parenthood while running a small business.
“My daughter was very young at the time. My husband worked on the road and wasn't home very often. It was a difficult period for all of us.”