Student follows President's advice, starts business

By Brooke Kelley - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - President Obama launched a national campaign to encourage Americans to start their own businesses. He's calling it "Startup America" and its designed to promote entrepreneurship across the country.

We went to Savannah Technical College where one student is definitely taking the president's initiative to heart after losing her job as an architect in 2009.

Marjorie Weibe-Reed knew she had to reinvent herself so she enrolled in marketing classes at Savannah Tech. She fell in love with the field with marketing, but still wanted to pursue architecture so she began to brainstorm.

"A niche started to develop I just knew with my skills and talents and mentorship I could turn that into a business," said Reed.

And she did just a couple of days ago she turned her dream into a reality by launching her small business website.

"My business is access design group and we specialize in universal design, aging in place and disability modifications and I help baby boomers and retired folks make their homes more comfortable accessible and safer. because many want to stay in their homes after they retire," explained Reed.

Reed says after watching President Obama's State of the Union address last week she knows she's on the right track, and believes if you have an idea and willing to work hard anyone can do it.

"I think it's important for anyone who has entrepreneurship spirit, it's important to find some resources and get our country working again," said Reed.

While she's working solo now, Reed is hoping it won't be long before she can play a role in jump starting our economy.

"It's a long hard road, but I am ready and willing to take that challenge," said Reed.

Marjorie tells WTOC she already has her first clients.

For more information on Marjorie's company visit her website at

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