Small Business Administration
Class of 1999
After high school, I attended and graduated with a BA in Sociology from Southwest State University. Intent on working in social services and corrections, owning a business was far from my radar.
After getting married and deciding with my husband to start a web design company, I was helping out in the evening with books. My husband learned of the Small Business Administration degree and personalized coaching at Ridgewater College and enrolled in the three year program. What he was learning and the help he was receiving was so valuable, that once he finished, I enrolled.
I spent three years attending night classes once a month learning about small business, processes, sales, marketing, and finances; all topics I didn’t study during my first college degree. Now I say that I have a Sociology and a Small Business Degree; both are very helpful in understanding people and communication styles that marketing encompasses.
We’ve owned Vivid Image, our marketing and web design business for 24 years. I look back at my Ridgewater experience as instrumental in helping me feel equipped to own and run a business. I stay connected with Ridgewater College, as two of my daughters have pursed PSEO options there. It’s fun hear about what’s going on and encourage them to get involved.