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Q. Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities. .

A. Back in 1978, I was working hard to make my $128 a month house payment and my $200 a month electric bill. I knew there had to be a better way, so I started looking for it. There was no need to invent the wheel all over again. A man named Carol Buckner had already invented a wood burning stove that would heat the entire house and hold a fire all night long. I only had to buy about $40 worth of wood and we kept the house a lot warmer (from 68 degrees to about 78). I liked it so much, it was all I could talk about. So, opened a store and started selling Buck Stoves. I could not get enough stoves to supply the demand. The Buck Stove craze lasted for only a couple of years until America became accustomed to paying higher utility bills and the economy slowly began to improve. We all wasted a bunch of energy that should have been saved. Now the economy has gotten worse and the energy prices are on the way back up again.

Q. Kindly give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).

A. Jason Smith, took over the operations of buck stove pool after his father’s retirement. Ensuring another generation of the families commitment to customers be followed for the company.

Q. What inspired you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?

A. The business was started in 1978 by the father of the now President of Buck Stove Pool & Spa.

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Q. What three pieces of advice would you give to budding entrebout-mpa/who-we-arepreneurs?

A. There is no such thing as a quick buck, that customer loyalty comes from your commitment and loyalty to them.

Q. What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

A. Hard Work, Smart Work and Inspiration.

Q. How many hours do you work a day on average?

A. 8

Q. To what do you most attribute your success?

A. The reputation we have built over almost 40 years!

Q. How do you go about marketing your business? What has been your most successful form of marketing?

A. Much locally and also online.

Q. What is the best way to achieve long-term success?

A. Customer loyalty.

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Q. Where you see yourself and your business in 5 – 10 years?

A. Right here running Buck Stove Pool & Spa, however we are adding new locations all the time as the company grows.

Q. Excluding yours, what company or business do you admire the most?

A. Google, they are very innovative and seem to treat their employees well.

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