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This year's Global Entrepreneurship Week is Nov. 14 - 20. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity. Leading up to that week, the Hudson Hub-Times is featuring the story of one of our own Hudson entrepreneurs each week. A summary of the other events in Hudson can be found at www.hudsonlibrary.org/global-entrepreneurship-week.
Larry Callahan is the owner of Callahan's Carpet One, a family business established in 1960.
/ What inspired you to own your own business?
I worked for several years in our family carpet business with my dad and brothers before deciding that owning it was for me. In addition, in 1990 we became a member of Carpet One, which allows me to have national buying power, while still being a local business. Finally, I enjoy helping people and the competition.
/ What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
Marketing. Although we've been in business since 1960 and in Hudson since 2002, I still meet people who either didn't know about us or just learned. Furthermore, letting people know we carry all types of residential flooring is challenging because of the Carpet One Brand. Lastly, competing with national brands and their big marketing budgets can be difficult. But we offer°products across a range of values backed up by satisfaction guarantees and service that far exceeds theirs.°My°niche is providing outcomes that home owners°love.°
/What do you find most rewarding?
Meeting people, hearing their stories and helping them find a solution that makes their home more enjoyable to them. Plus, my wife Christine recently joined our family business to give us more flexibility in managing our home life that includes two young children.
/Describe your typical day.
I'm not certain that I have a typical day. Every new day has unique clients with specific needs.
/ What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
Building new relationships and constantly learning.
/ Your advice to budding entrepreneurs?
Have a thick skin and learn from everyone that you meet, especially those that have been successful ahead of you.
/ What one word would describe your life as an entrepreneur?