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Archive: September 2016

On September 29th, 2016

26-year U.S. Army veteran opens Window Genie in Charleston

Before he was a business owner, David Brigman served our country in the U.S. Army. “It was always my plan to open a business after retirement,” Brigman said. “The exit process for those of us retiring is great, they provide a lot of tools for you to pursue whatever career path you choose after service.” ...

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On September 18th, 2016

Disillusioned by Corporate America, Local Air Force Veteran Pursues Business Ownership

Mike McFarland is no stranger to small business. At 16 years old he was his hometown’s youngest business owner, taking over his father’s vending machine business. He said, “I got my license and started a vending machine route. Working hard to support myself and my family, and being my own boss has always stuck with ...

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On September 7th, 2016

From Colombia to Hewlett Packard to Unemployed, Cesar Urrea Starts Over, Finds Success Through Business Ownership

Cesar Urrea came to the United States from Colombia in 1997 and pursued a career in IT Services at Hewlett Packard. After his department was eliminated, Urrea found himself at a crossroads. He said, “It was a great opportunity for me to take a step back and figure out whether I wanted to go back ...

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On September 2nd, 2016

Husband-Wife Duo Team Up in Chagrin Falls

Before purchasing his Window Genie franchise, Kenyon says he spent 30 years, “climbing the corporate ladder in HR.” After experiencing a few years he describes as “rocky” as a result of the great recession, Kenyon decided to leave his job as HR leader for one of the largest window and vinyl siding manufacturers and pursue ...

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