Entrepreneur Interview

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Entrepreneur Interview with Larry Godwin, Owner of Godwin Company, Inc. Danielle Grider
Ivy Tech Community College
Intro to Business 101-03H-H1
Charlie Svihlik
October 21, 2012
Entrepreneur Interview with Larry Godwin, owner of Godwin Company, Inc.

The person I chose to interview is the owner of the company at my current place of work. Larry Godwin is the owner of Godwin Company, Inc, which is a forklift and golf car sales, and service company. Larry worked on his family farm growing up in Arkansas after leaving school in the fourth grade and then moved to Indianapolis when he was 18 years old and began working for a fan company. He got an opportunity for an apprenticeship position at a tool and die company doing mainly forklift repairs. After that he went to work for Westinghouse, rebuilding electrical equipment, doing machine work, and maintaining their forklifts. He then decided to work for Kidney-Wood, a tow motor distributor, where he was a road technician for one year, he was then promoted to Service Manager. After working in that position for 10 years, he saved $4,000.00 by working overtime on evening and weekends so he could start his own business, that business is now a profitable company. I think it’s important to point out that he did this with only a fourth grade level education. He is a very determined person and learned everything he knows by observing and taking in everything he learned at his previous places of employment. Larry first opened for business at 2222 East 10th Street in 1969 servicing industrial sweepers and scrubbers for hospitals and factories, as well as, servicing forklift trucks. In 1971 he moved his location to 846 North Hamilton and from there in 1974 he made his final move to 1175 West 16th Street. At this current location the company sales and services forklifts and golf cars. The company also owns 1151, 1201, 1205, and 1207 West 16th Street, which...
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