Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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February 13, 2013

Olive Hill entrepreneur embodies success, service

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Feb. 13, 2013 —

After selling the floral shop, Brown then made a career shift by going into business with her husband, helping him open Craig's Auto Sales. That business is still thriving, having opened a second location just last year.

Her passion, however, is helping other small business owners achieve the kind of success that she has experienced.

“I was part of the first class of the Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute in 2004, where we focused on taking the idea of entrepreneurship and give it a more positive image within the community.”

“I really liked that idea. Being a small business owner, I understood the kinds of struggles that these people experience. This was a training program that didn't just focus on how to start a business, but how to use small business to make a difference in the community.”

It's that philosophy that Brown clings to as the driving force behind her mentoring approach, as well as her involvement with various organizations throughout the community.

“In order to make things happen, you have to work from the ground up. People have to take an active role in making positive change within the community.”

“My vision for Olive Hill is that it would be a thriving town, but not necessarily the thriving town of the past. It can't be the town it was before, and I don't want that, but we have to come up with a workable plan so we can all work together to move forward into the future.”

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.

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