“Starting your own business requires commitment, drive, determination, great partners, plenty of capital and a willingness to work harder than you have ever worked. Make sure you are ready to make sacrifices and lose more than a few hours of sleep!”
-Susan Stephenson Co-Founder And Co-Chairman, Independent Bank

“Go work for someone else and learn the business on someone else’s nickel. Be prepared for hard work and dedication. It is not necessary to have a totally new idea, there are great opportunities out there to take existing business concepts and improve on the execution.”
-Pitt Hyde, Founder, AutoZone

“Surround yourself with really great people. Don’t be afraid to pay more than market value to get and keep the best leaders. Then let those leaders lead.“
-Tommy Earl, President, TAG Truck Enterprises, LLC

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