MOREHEAD—-After Carrie Combs graduated from West Virginia University School of Pharmacy in 2007, she immediately entered the work force for a local pharmacy in Hazard.
Combs instantly took off learning the ins and outs of running a pharmacy and after two short years she became the manager.
In August of 2015, Combs learned her current employer was going to close the business. Combs decided this would be a prime opportunity to open her own pharmacy. Along with her business partner Jefferson Sandlin, the dream of one day owning their own pharmacy was beginning to unfold.
Combs first met with Michelle Spriggs, management consultant with the Small Business Development Center, in August 2015. Spriggs assisted Combs with the proper procedures for starting a business in Kentucky, working capital needs, business projections, tax issues, marketing, sales potential and overhead costs.
In addition, Spriggs guided Combs in preparing the necessary documentation and loan package for submission to Community Trust Bank for a SBA loan. Combs and Sandlin received loan approval in December 2015.
Mountain Community Pharmacy opened its doors in March 2016.
A ribbon cutting and open house was held June 24 hosted by the Hazard Chamber of Commerce. Family, friends, SBDC staff, chamber members and local business leaders were on hand to celebrate this day with Combs and Sandlin.
Mountain Community Pharmacy has created six new jobs and will offer a convenience to those in the downtown Hazard area. It is located at 1908 North Main Street and can be reached by calling 606-487-0023.
Additional information on the Small Business Development Center is available by contacting Spriggs at 606-432-5848 or email [email protected]
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