Spring 2005 Entrepreneurship Seminar

Cy Taylor

A Recipe for Success: Quality People and High Standards Are the Foundation of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cy Taylor, Lebanon, TN Cy Taylor started with Cracker Barrel in 1978 when the company had sixteen stores. Now there are 517! Taylor stresses keeping things simple, "pleasing people," mutual respect for all employees and guests, ethics, and building a strong brand.

Carol Creel

Pursuing Dreams: Avoiding Nightmares

Carol Creel, Murfreesboro, Tennessee A former corporate executive turned interior designer turned sailor/dive master is now pursuing one of her long term dreams -- she owns an espresso bar. Located one block off Murfreesboro's historic square, e.Spresso Shelf welcomes everyone from professionals to seniors and students.

Bruce Huskey

No Man is an Island: Networking for the Small Business Owner

Bruce Huskey, Tullahoma, Tennessee An MTSU graduate, with a degree in English (followed by additional studies), Huskey has been employed in finance and real estate for over twenty-five years. He is currently President and CEO of Huskey Mortgage Services. Huskey is a licensed mortgage broker and insurance agent, and a real estate agent, and a certified secondary education teacher.