In 2022 Mark Mauck will reach 23 years of being a successful small business owner. That is no small feat. The Small Business Administration maintains that about two-thirds of new businesses survive only two years. Of those still operating at that point, about half will not survive more than five years.
Change happens, whether we want it or not. Change is business as usual at PDS Connect. “I’m in technology,” PDS Connect President Eric Rogers said. “I know about change.” Rogers’s professional life has been built on it. He has stayed on the cutting edge of internet connectivity and networking, especially wireless since he was a junior high student in Mooresville. Rogers says his goal has always been to solve technology problems for people and businesses in his community. It still is.
Graduating from Monrovia High School, Shane Harris had no solid plan. He describes himself as a gearhead since his youth so working in the automotive industry and designing cars sounded like a promising idea. “At the time I had no idea it was called engineering,” he said. Instead of college, Shane took a series of jobs in the industry, selling parts, detailing cars. He worked on his own cars for years, detailing them so he always had a cool car around town. His favorite car was his 1988 maroon Camaro that his son Jaden has right now. “That car’s older than he is,” Shane said.
Morgan County is experiencing another new first with Kim Merideth assuming the role in January 2021 of President/Chair of the Morgan County Council. “Being named the first female president is another hurdle we have crossed as women,” Merideth said. “The boys are letting a girl play. It shows the county is moving in a direction that they are seeing women in leadership positions and roles. Morgan County is seeing that women can get the job done.”
Many small business owners start a business because they love to provide a particular service or a specific product. They are happy, sometimes content, to have a business that allows them to support their family comfortably. Entrepreneurs are a bit different because they want to build a small
business into an enterprise. The sky is the limit to them.
Smalling started out following in his father’s footsteps as an electrician. “I loved it and made good money,” Smalling said. But he had always wanted to own his own business. “I looked at business owners and I thought they were making a very good living. I had this idea that it was a way to build wealth.”
One thing is for certain, you never know when you will meet someone who will change your life. That person for Rich Myers was a good friend of his father who would come by their Eminence home to visit. His name was Rod Katter.
Katter was a policeman. Myers said, “I knew him, saw him, and saw what he represented: law and order.” He would show up in his crisp, sharp uniform and washed car, and young Myers saw what he wanted to be when he grew up – a policeman.