I guess maybe I can really thank my daughter, Nicole, who pushed me into taking the leap. Not that I was unfamiliar with starting and operating businesses. We have been making neon signs for decades, mostly a self employed. But the neon industry has been changing, thanks to mass produced imports and LED's, so it was time to add to our income stream. With Nicole's persistence, I started researching the Ice industry, and decided to take the leap.
Now to be honest, it wasn't that far of a leap. I love small business, and everything about the people that are willing to put everything the line to follow a dream. Entrepreneurs, well, we have our own set of genetics. A set that makes us operate just a bubble off center. Some might say that we're foolish. No, just naive. I 'd say that it's just that naivety that creates wonderful opportunities. Just stubborn enough, idealistic enough, and yes, maybe foolish enough to follow our dreams.
I've always said that I'm probably too "ornery" to work for someone else. But the truth be told, I think I'd make the best damn employee anyone could ask for. Once you've run a small business, you can do just about anything set out in front of you. It is an awesome experience. And aside from raising kids, probably the most challenging, frustrating, exhausting, yet rewarding thing you will ever do.