Currituck Small Business Spotlight is presented by Currituck County Economic Development. Our goal is to share the stories behind some of our most successful local small businesses.
Megan Gwin is the founder of Learn & Love CPR, LLC. Her business provides basic life support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training (as well as first aid and bloodborne pathogens training) for local small businesses, healthcare providers and members of the community who want to be prepared to save a life.
Have you always lived in Currituck or did you relocate here?
I moved to Currituck from Chesapeake in 2014.
What was it about Currituck County that most appealed to you?
The thriving local small business community as well as the friendliness and close relationships between the locals.
When, how and why did you decide to start your own business? Do you remember the day or moment that you made the decision?
I considered starting my own CPR business when I was teaching for nurses back in 2009. But at the time I did not have a "normal" work schedule, or the time or dedication it takes to start a small business.
I remember thinking to myself, "How fun would it be if I could teach CPR and first aid to anyone I wanted… not just healthcare professionals?" I figured I could make learning something as serious as CPR and first aid fun and laid-back, but also practical and relatable.
It just took the right timing and commitment to put my plan into action.
What's the best part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?
Currituck County provides a lot of (FREE!) resources, which is great for business owners starting out. Networking in Currituck County is fun and laid-back, especially with traditional small businesses that like to work with each other.
What's the hardest part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County?
The most challenging part about owning and operating a business in Currituck County is the fact that a lot of businesses rely on the summer season for growth/revenue. Offering a year-round service does not appeal to some small businesses. Also, as a newcomer, getting to know and build a rapport with business owners is hard when they already have a bond with someone else who provides a similar service.
What advice would you give to someone interested in starting a business in Currituck County?
Start your business in the beginning of the year, and work hard to make relationships with people in the community.
What's one thing you wish you could change about your business?
I wish I had an office location where I could train people.
What do you most want people (in Currituck County and beyond) to know about you and your business?
I have the best, up-to-date training equipment with feedback devices. I have been teaching CPR, first aid and bloodborne pathogens for over 8 years. I also have 8 years of emergency medicine experience and I am advanced life support (adult and child) certified.
Taking my class speaks for itself in terms of quality of instruction. And once you leave the classroom, you will have the confidence to help someone if necessary.
This Currituck Small Business Spotlight first appeared in COAST OBX.
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