Jane Of All Trades Part Of The Solution

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Billie Grace, owner of Jane of All Trades, and her crew do everything from appliance repair to large-scale yard clean-up and tree removal, but that's just part of the story.

Grace, a high school dropout, makes it her mission to teach her young employees professionalism, integrity and respect.

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Billie Grace, owner of Jane of All Trades, hopes to make a difference by being a mentor to her young employees. "I understand them," said Grace. "I was in their shoes 25 years ago."

"I was in their shoes 25 years ago and I was lucky and found a mentor, someone who took me under their wing and taught me good work habits," Grace said.

After leaving home at 16, Grace eventually found a steady job with Sears and learned how to repair appliances. She took advantage of the company's training program which led to an 18-year career as a field technician.

Since becoming a full-time Pine resident and starting Jane of All Trades last September, Grace has hired one full-time and two part-time employees she calls her "young entrepreneurs."

"I just promoted my full-time employee, Larry Smith, to site manager, and I'm teaching him how to run a business," Grace said. "I want my employees to have opportunities and guidance while they are working for me."

"I want to give back to the community and sharing my experience and hardships with young people as well as teaching them the value of a good work ethic is one way for me to do that," she said. "I want my company to be part of the solution."

To learn more about the services offered by Jane of All Trades, call Grace at 476-4757.

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