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Women in Business: Why Maureen Bartley branched out on her own

Posted: 5:36 PM, Feb 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-06 17:36:09-05

Maureen Bartley could probably arrange flowers with her eyes closed.

“This is my 50th year of being a florist. I like everything about flowers. I've loved flowers since childhood.”

Maureen's has a flower market inside the flower shop. So, anyone can come in off the street and make a purchase.

She also does arrangements for funeral homes, hospitals, corporate accounts, and weddings. “About half of our business is weddings. We do a tremendous wedding business, huge wedding business.”

Bartley had previously worked in flower shops for years. So, she wasn't scared to branch out on her own. “I waited until I was 50. My kids were out of college. All those expenses were done. I needed to make plenty of money to get them through college.”

Bartley said it proves you can achieve your dream at any age. But, you must be willing to put in the work.

“I was working 90 hours a week easy, just working all the time doing everything. And, that's what you must do,” she said.