I worked for a great company for 20 years, P&G, but I have always been inspired by my Dad. He started his own business in his mid 40s, and although it was challenging to do that he and my mother together built a thriving motivational speaking/consulting firm from scratch! He had three kids in college, and was fearless. He is now 89 years old and suffering from Parkinson's which leaves him unable to speak, which was his superpowers. He is my role model and I knew one day I would have my own business. In 2005 my husband and I decided to take that same leap of faith and buy a cookie company called Blue Chip Cookies. They were selling due to many franchises were closing in the big malls due to rent. My husband and I though saw this thing called the internet that created a whole new opportunity. It was a huge risk, but slowly we have built it through the ecommerce and corporate business, and now licensing to small owners that want to serve Blue Chip Cookies. We made major changes and the Blue Chip Cookie Company celebrated 40 years in March. We have 9 locations, with 4 more planned for this year. Our online business increased 5X and corporate business has grown 4X. Everyday I wake up, I am excited about the business, because everyone loves cookies and just like my Dad started his business from scratch...we do that everyday. Constant Contact has been instrumental in our growth over the years and is our top marketing tool.
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