Grow with Google stories
From bakers in Pittsburgh to a teacher in Charleston, people across the country are using technology to achieve their goals. Here are a few of their stories.
Preserving an artform
After more than three decades of working as a social worker, Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas put off her plans for retirement and purchased the S & S Hat Company in Philadelphia, PA when it announced its closure in 2015. She assured the employees that she would fight to keep it alive. Together with her son, Robert, she started American Hats in 2016, and turned to the web to help reinvigorate the business, which was good news for the workers.
Knitting a new way
Gina Locklear and her parents helped their hometown’s beloved sock business thrive in a new age.
Learning to code
Sara always had a passion for technology, but she didn’t always have access to it in the rural town where she grew up. She recently received a Developer Scholarship from Google, and is pursuing her dream of becoming a web developer.
Serving the community
Mason’s Creamery started as a mobile ice cream business. But through a lot of hard work and the help of digital tools, Jesse and Helen turned a 60-year-old boarded up ice cream shop into a neighborhood hub.
After closing down her bakery, Shennice Cleckley learned how to grow her business by bringing her sweets online.
Rusty, Lynn, Justin and Payton created new opportunities in their hometown by teaching coal miners how to code.
A legendary hat company learns how to stay ahead
Gina Thorsen takes her iconic midwestern brand to over 20 countries.
Champions of cheese
Ken McNulty helps family farms and factories reach cheese lovers nationwide.
Bringing the western lifestyle to the entire country
Brian Barber found a way to keep growing his family’s century-old retail business.
Building a dream
Richard and Devin started building motorcycles with the help of local Amish craftsmen. As their business has grown, they’ve found a way to sell their bikes across the country.
Finding second chances at Goodwill
Kevin Jefferson goes from bartender to full time IT professional with Goodwill’s help.
Sewing together a startup
Nisha Blackwell found a way to turn salvaged fabric into handcrafted bowties and a growing business.
A local quilting shop goes global
Jenny Doan turns a home-grown shop into the No.1 provider of precut quilting fabrics.
A family bakery thrives after surviving a fire
Scott Baker stays nimble in the 21st century while maintaining his bakery’s 19th-century roots.
K2 Aviation gets back in the air
Suzanne Rust found a way to reach customers from all over the world as they were planning their trips to explore Alaska.
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