Graduation Date: May 2017
Business: My business is Marie's Floral, which has been in operation since 2010. Learn more about Marie's Floral at https://www.facebook.com/mariesfloral
What is your story?
Flowers have always been a part of my life. Many of my favorite childhood memories contain plants being picked. Harvest was exciting, but I preferred picking flowers in the pasture or garden. Mom was alway getting after me for picking her flowers, even if Dad said it was okay. When I was in first grade my father pulled an old tractor tire into the yard and filled it with dirt, so I would have my own garden of flowers to pick. My tractor tire garden was where my passion was first sparked. Anyhow, I grew up on our third generation family farm in Wallace, Nebraska with my parents and two younger siblings. The farm raises certified wheat, soybeans, corn, and peas. Through high school I was involved in everything, but range judging and Floriculture in FFA was where my love for plants grew into a future career path. Also, freshman year of high school I decided that I should start making silk/fake flower corsages and boutonniÃÂ¨res for my friends to help them save money, and so I could make a little money. Since 2010 I have ran Marie's Floral and plan to keep expanding the business. Over the next few years I plan to reach out to the wedding market and consult with businesses to fulfill high quality and unique floral needs. In the end, it is all up to what the Lord has planned for me.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My parents have always been there to guide me. My sister has alway been there to critique me while my brother tells me I did a good job. My FFA advisor has been my biggest coach through high school in pursuing my business venture, and my friends have always been there to support me. All of these people have helped inspire me in my business pursuit, but I give all the glory to God. He has always been and He will always be my biggest inspiration and hero.
If your story were made into a movie, what actor/actress would portray you and why?
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
Pursue God, He has a plan for you just trust in Him. If you do this He will show you the path to follow. He has your best interest at heart, and don't forget to thank Him everyday.