Amber (Maassen) Krula
What is your story?
I grew up on a small cow/calf and row crop operation in the Platte Valley just outside of Hershey, NE. I have two brothers and no sisters so my mom became my best friend and I learned so much from her over the years. Like how to be a hard working farm wife as well as running her own business. She also instilled in me my love for crafting and helping other people. My father instilled me with the love of animals and the land. No matter how good or bad the times were we stuck together as a family and we still do today even though my brothers and I are starting new chapters in our lives. I will never forget the lessons I learned on the family farm.
What is your business?
My dream is to open a craft, boutique, coffee and wine shop in a rural community.
Who is your entrepreneurial inspiration OR biggest hero?
My biggest hero would be my Grandma, Judy. She has had arthritis all her life and I have grown up seeing her overcome a lot. The pain can be very extreme, but she works through it. She has a beautiful garden during the summer, quilts all winter, and she also does lots of other crafts that is why I want to open up my own craft, boutique and coffee shop. Watching her has pushed me to work hard at everything from school to extracurricular events. I love her and what she has taught me my entire life.
What advice would you give to a student starting their entrepreneurial journey?
To always remember that every idea is a good idea no matter how small it is. Don't get discouraged when other people around you are starting a business and yours is still just a dream. Everyone's dreams take a different amount of time to become reality. It may take one year or ten years.