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.
Quilting a community together
Jenny Doan turned a home-grown shop into the number one provider of precut quilting fabrics.
From military life to civilian life
U.S. Army veteran Daniel worked with Grow with Google and the USO for support during his transition to civilian life and was one of the first people to test Google’s military code job search tool (MOS, AFSC, NEC, etc).
Serving our heroes
Rockford firefighter Luke Schneider and his wife Kate learned to use digital tools to make the Fire Dept. Coffee website their storefront. Since then, they’ve shipped coffee all over the world and donated a portion of every order to firefighter and military charities.
Making it from scratch
After learning how to make donuts online, Teresa and Arwyn left their waitressing jobs to open Glam Doll Donuts. As more donut shops started popping up around Minneapolis, the pair learned to use digital tools to bring new customers into their stores and grow their business.
IT Support Specialist
With the help of Google's IT Support Professional Certificate, Daniel Anderson grew his love for technology into a career helping other people.
The biggest little ski company
After turning their passion for powder days into a business, Luke and Casey learned to use digital tools to sell their handmade skis to customers all over the world.
Lighting the way for their employees
Ted Barber began Prosperity Candle with the mission of employing refugee women who, through federal programs, have relocated from war zones to America. Over the years, the company learned to use digital tools to reach customers across the country and around the world, and help train women working with them from afar.
Preserving an artform
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. Together with her son, Robert, she started American Hats in 2016, and turned to the web to help reinvigorate the business.
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.
On a mission
After retiring from the military, Kevin began brewing beer with the help of YouTube tutorials. Less than two years later, he and Meredith founded a successful craft brewery whose mission is to give back to vets and their community.
Rusty, Lynn, Justin and Payton created new opportunities in their hometown by teaching coal miners how to code.
Caretaker of a legend
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.
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.
Nisha Blackwell found a way to turn salvaged fabric into handcrafted bowties and a growing business.
Remaking a legacy
Scott Baker stays nimble in the 21st century while maintaining his bakery’s 19th-century roots.
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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