Balloon Zoom Spotlight: Gina Schaefer, Owner of "A Few Cool Hardware Stores"


In this, our first of a series of "Balloon Zoom Spotlights," we feature a Q&A from great entrepreneurs (kids and adults!) we can all learn from.

Gina Schaefer, 42, is an energetic businesswoman who owns nine ACE hardware stores in and near Washington, D.C. She opened her first store in March, 2003, and now employs more than 170 people. Gina's stores do $20 million in sales per year.

Q: How old were you when you wrote your first business plan?

A: Twelve.

Q: What was it, and was it successful?

A: I was going to open a daycare business, but I never got started.

Q: What was your first successful business?