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September 14 - Kristin Murdock - Cow-Pie Clocks

Posted By Douglas Dyreng, Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Now this was a fun presentation! Kristin Murdock explained how her business grew from a family outing when she found a ton of dried cow pies in a field, noted their interesting shapes, and wondered, "Now what could I do with these?" She began making cow-pie clocks as gag gifts for friends. A friend of Donny Osmond showed him one of the clocks, and he showed it on "The Donny and Marie Show", and from that moment, she was in business!
She went from paying her children, neighbors and high school kids to assemble them to a full-fledge bonifide business. The word kept spreading, the orders kept coming in, and her business has boomed for nine years. She expanded into cow-pie awards for various sports activities, to a line of greeting cards (an exclusive agreement with Leanin' Tree), key chains, other gag gifts such as "a chicken on a chain" which sells like hot cakes at the National High School Championship Rodeo every year, and even cookies! She is always looking for new opportunities.
She was a charming, enthusiastic speaker and the audience loved her. Kristin draws no salary from this business, but uses it to help others through charitable gifts for those in need.
Student comments regarding the presentation:
• "…we don't need to know everything, hire someone who is good at what they do and just have them run that part of the business."

• "I think if she can do [it,] I can do it."

• "…not everything works. if you fail, try again."

• "Awesome speaker!"

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