Name: D. Keith Simmons
Company Name: D. Keith Simmons, DDS; PC
Company Description: Cosmetic and Family Dental Practice
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I had an opportunity to buy into the practice that was started by my childhood dentist. My original partners were great mentors; I couldn't have asked for a better way to start my career.
When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
What are some of the successes that you've experienced as an entrepreneur?
I was able to join a great group practice and buy out my partners to become sole proprietor. In 2015, I made my last payment for the purchase of the practice and now have no more debt associated with the purchase of the business.
What challenges have you had to overcome?
The recession was quite a shock to all business owners, so having been able to navigate through the difficult economic times has been interesting.
What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?
Create a business plan, do all of the research that you can on the industry, and be well capitalized. Surround yourself with a good team i.e. Legal, accountants etc.
If you could start all over again, what would you do different?
Have more cash on hand prior to starting my business venture.
How can customers and other entrepreneurs learn more about your business and get in touch with you?
Facebook and website: Smiles by K. Simmons DDS. Twitter @dksdental