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GBA members learn from local business owner

November 15, 2010, Whitney Schaefer

${image-alt} George Sheffer, Owner of Murdale True Value in Carbondale and President of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
Even though students receive a majority of their education in the classroom, there are some important lessons that will not be learned until the student obtains work experience in their chosen field. To give its members a head start on some of those important areas, the Graduate Business Association brought in George Sheffer, Owner of Murdale True Value in Carbondale, on November 1 to discuss what he has learned from starting his own successful small business.

During his presentation, Sheffer discussed points involving workplace culture, motivating employees, and how to grow a business to make it successful. “You have to be working on the business rather than in the business, meaning that you have to be looking into the future and not just concentrated on today,” he said.

Sheffer based his presentation on his personal experiences. He has been in the retail hardware industry since 1978, serving on the Board of Directors for the True Value corporation for nine years during that time. For Murdale True Value, he manages four different departments that make up the company: hardware, appliances, locksmith services, and rentals. Also, he currently serves as President of the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce.

Sheffer attributes his success to hard work and determination. “If you try to be an achiever and you don’t let excuses get in your way, more doors will open and more opportunities will exist,” he said.