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How Maurice Williams started with nothing and built a thriving repair business that serves customers in Lenoir County and beyond.
Maurice Williams of Kinston is a fine example of how hard work and determination can pay off. Williams has taken a hobby and turned it into a profitable business.
02 // Tony edMondSon
â€œI opened my shop in 2002,â€? Williams said. â€œI used to work in the satellite business but I decided to go it alone, and thankfully it paid off.â€?
Goldsboro native Tony Edmondson talks about his past and future work as a jazz/gospel musician.
03 // anoInTed Touch Salon - angela SuTTon Angela Suttonâ€™s story of hard work and faith that paid off financially.
05 // Treeo The inside story on the break-up, the mysterious third member, and their fractured relationship with Rainbow Records founder Curtis Brooks.
07 // JohnnIe WIllIaMS La Grange native Johnny Williams has a new CD coming out on Rainbow Records. His new single, â€œHeâ€™s There,â€? is his latest release.
09 // cd revIeWS Darlene McCoy, Sound of the New Breed, Jubilation, Vol. I, Kirk Franklin, and Ben Tankard
Williams, who is also an accomplished singer and bass player, is a one man show. A versatile mechanic that works on miniature bikes, pocket bikes, motorcycles, four-wheelers and scooters. Williams has customers coming near and far for his expertise. â€œIâ€™ve customers that come in from Sneads Ferry, Swan Quarter, Greenville...Iâ€™ve been very lucky,â€? Williams said. Williams, who has been a member of Faith and Victory Church in La Grange for over 12 years, says that about half of his customers are usuals and the other half are folks that are just discovering what he does. â€œIn this type of business, word of mouth is very important. If you do good work, word will get around,â€? Williams said. Williams also says that in any business endeavor, you must be patient. â€œIt took a while for this business to catch on, but I stuck with it, and now Iâ€™m always busy,â€? Williams said. Williams says that he is so busy that he will soon be looking for a larger building to work out of. â€œIâ€™m going to stay in Kinston, because I have so many customers here, but Iâ€™m going to find a new building. Iâ€™m also going to probably have to hire some additional help. Itâ€™s getting to a point where I have too much work to do on my own.â€?
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When asked what he would tell a young person who is thinking about opening their own business, Williams said the following: â€œThe most important thing in any business is location. You also need to have plenty of start-up capital and most important of all, you must have a clean credit record. No one will loan you money if you have bad credit.â€?
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ony Edmondson, 46, of Goldsboro, North Carolina, was signed to Brooks Records in 2005. His first traditional gospel album, â€œHe Can Make It Rightâ€?, was released in 2007. Like all of his albums, it was recorded in his home studio. His new album, tentatively set to be released in late 2008, is a set of jazz/gospel tunes written by Edmondson. Edmondsonâ€™s new album, which will also be released on Brooks records, will contain 12 songs, although the album does not have a title yet. The 2005 Lamplighter award winner has composed over 500 songs, only a few of which have seen the light of day. Currently, his debut CD is being re-released. The first pressing of the CD sold out several months ago. If youâ€™re more into downloading, the album can be purchased from the iTunes store and www.cdbaby.com. The remarkable fact about the sales success of Tonyâ€™s CD is that it was achieved with no support from radio. â€œI moved the first pressing of that CD by setting up booths and going door to door,â€? says Curtis Brooks. â€œBut with the re-release of the album, we will be going through traditional distribution outlets.â€? Edmondson does approximately 160 shows a year, all of which he books himself. His blend of solid songwriting and fearless stage presence makes him a popular draw wherever he goes. Along with being talented, Edmondson also has a charitable streak. At different times during his life, he has served as the music instructor for the Community Arts Council in Goldsboro, worked for the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne County, and was a music therapist for Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. Edmondsonâ€™s demographic is primarily people in their late 30â€™s and up. Edmondsonâ€™s style is often compared to that of gospel music legend Donnie McKirkland. Edmondson possesses a smooth vocal and guitar style (in the realm of George Benson) that pleases fans of jazz, gospel and soul. If you would like to sample or buy his music, visit www.cdbaby. com/tonyedmondson and iTunes.
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Angela Sutton of Kinston is the owner and operator of Anointed Touch Beauty Salon on 1341 Suttontown Drive. Started in June of 2007,the salon boasts a roster of over 200 clients and climbing.
â€œIâ€™ve been very lucky. My customers like my work and they have been very loyal to me,â€? says Sutton. Suttonâ€™s clients enjoy the atmosphere of her salon. â€œWe have a television, but I try to make sure that whatever is on the set is of a pure nature. I donâ€™t want people to have to hear anything offensive while theyâ€™re getting their hair fixed,â€? Sutton said. Sutton, who is a graduate of Lenoir Community College in Kinston, did not start out with intentions of being a stylist. â€œI originally wanted to get into the nursing program at LCC, but there was a long wait, so I decided to enter their cosmetology program and I believe that I made the right choice. I really like what I do and I like my customers. They are like my family,â€? Sutton said.
While she attended college, Jones worked part time at the Super 10 retail store in Kinston. After graduation, she worked at Regis House Salon for five years. She also rented a booth at Fisherâ€™s Hair in Kinston for ten years. â€œOver the years I built up a good amount of customers, and when I decided to open my own place, I was blessed in that many of the people that I had worked with over the years decided to bring me their business.â€? Sutton, who is a member of Jumping Run Church in La Grange, says that hard work runs in her family. â€œMy mother always had two jobs. She still works now to have something to do.â€?
Suttonâ€™s success is an example of how hard work can pay off. Her belief in God and the will to work have paid off. Her story should be an inspiration to any young person that thinks the deck may be stacked against them.
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