Greater Pee Dee Business Journal November/December 2011 : Page 18

The Spirit of the Entrepreneur B illy Campbell is a successful entrepreneur. But sitting back, relaxing and living on his laurels does not appeal to him. Campbell is definitely a man in motion, and he is currently putting his efforts into producing and publishing a book that chronicles the lives of more than 100 entrepreneurs. The book is entitled Creating Jobs through Entrepreneurship . It is scheduled to be completed later this year. Campbell becomes animated when explaining his rationale behind presenting the book. “The entrepreneurs in the book all have a story to tell. Many of the characteristics of successful people are the same,” Campbell says. “Some of the stories are as different as the backgrounds of each person in the book.” He says the book is being presented as an inspiration that may help guide and motivate others in their quest to follow their dreams. “We need to teach our young people how to become entrepreneurs. We need to encourage them. They are the future of our economy,” Campbell says. “It is important to show them how others have achieved their goals and how much satisfaction there is in following a plan and accomplishing the tasks within that plan.” The book on the spirit of the entrepreneur is not Campbell’s first crack at publishing. In 2007, he produced and published his first book, Heroes of World War II from Florence County. That book is sold out and is its second printing. That book contains the compelling stories of the many WWII veterans from Florence County. Like the entrepreneur book project, the anecdotes ring familiar to so many families of the Pee Dee who are connected to the region’s strong businesses and institutions. It can be bought at: billycampbellbooks.com Success, evidently, does not come without recognizing and remember-ing those who give invaluable support. In producing Creating Jobs through Entrepreneurship , Campbell is quick to recognize his assistant, Renée Owens, for her “loyalty, commitment, and dedication.” But Owens says working on the project has been an opportunity she has relished. “It has been such a gift sitting down with these great business men and women who are profiled in the book, and hearing their stories. To hear the love and admiration in their voices for a mother or grandfather that has inspired them, and motivated them to keep going when things looked bleak, is so inspirational to me,” Owens says. “I can’t thank them enough. For Mr. Campbell to do this book is great for the business community, but it is also an example of his giving spirit. I think this book will be well-received and a benefit to the people who read it. I’m really excited to be a 18 | GREATERPEEDEEBUSINESSJOURNAL.COM NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2011

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