HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Opening your own business can have its challenges, but the rewards are simply priceless.
"I love the people, I love the customers and I love the interactions when they come in here. I just love talking to people," said the owner of Appalachian Apparel Joey McKenney.
While people may try to discourage you from your dreams, it is important to remember not to give up on something you are passionate about.
"Just go for it, get out in your community and get involved with your community, that will help you more than anything else," said Sherry Spradlin, owner of Mother Goose Inn.
Days will seem long and bumps in the road will happen, but local Hazard business owners say being able to give back to your community is worth all of the hardship.
"Try your hardest and do not give up because it takes a lot of hard work. It took us a lot to get here to where we are today," said Courtney Combs, whose family owns Southern Blessings.
So if you are considering taking that leap of faith and starting your own small business take advice from people who have been in your shoes and follow your dreams.
"Do not let anyone tell you you can't do it because of where you live or who you are because at the end of the day it is your dream and not theirs," McKenney added.
Studies show for every one dollar spent at a small business, 67 cents of that stays in the community. Keep that in mind when going Christmas shopping this holiday season!