Global Entrepreneurship Week is Nov. 14-20. Leading up to that week, the Hudson Hub-Times is featuring the story of one of our own Hudson entrepreneurs each week. A summary of the other events in Hudson can be found at www.hudsonlibrary.org/global-entrepreneurship-week.
This week's feature is Dr. Bob Graves of Hudson Chiropractic. Graves' 30-some years of experience allow him to adapt each service program to individual needs, combining old-fashioned values of care with the latest advances and solutions. In addition, he is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. Although he has treated nationally touring actors and a Senior PGA Champion, Graves enjoys patients of all ages from all walks of life.
What inspired you to own your own business?
My father had his own small business and I was able to see firsthand the rewards and challenges of being an entrepreneur.
What is your biggest challenge as an entrepreneur?
The money and time spent on billing and collection was taking away from the joy of having a healthcare practice. That is why we took the step to have a pay-at-the-time-of-service practice, giving patients a statement to send to their insurance. This allows us to spend more time with each patient and provide treatment at a fair and reasonable cost.
What do you find most rewarding?
There isn't anything like being able to carry out your vision without interference. As a doctor of chiropractic, hands-down the greatest reward is seeing people get relief and get to the cause of the problem.
Describe your typical day?
Every day begins with prayer that includes all patients for the day, and wisdom to not miss what God puts in front of me. I prepare for the patient schedule, and then do what I love most - treat people with the natural healing properties of chiropractic. The days are full but I try to spend quality time with my patients.
What is your favorite aspect of being an entrepreneur?
I love the independence of bring an entrepreneur, but you don't do anything alone. First, my wife Sandi is the business manager and I couldn't do this without her. Second, we are excited to have our niece, Sarah, working with us. Lastly, our patients are amazing.
Your advice to budding entrepreneurs?
Always treat others the way you want them to treat you. Be willing to learn something new every day - and never give up.
What one word would describe your life as an entrepreneur?