20 Under 30 Class of 2010

417 Magazine proudly presents the next generation of 417-land leaders.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article was fact checked and accurate at press time, but 417 Magazine cannot guarantee its accuracy indefinitely.

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Emily Church, 28

Owner/founder, Everything Kitchens LLC

Emily Church is a self-made woman. At age 19, with no money for college, she made a decision. “I told myself, I can’t work for what someone else thinks I’m worth. I have to prove what I’m worth.” So she did. Church started everythingkitchens.com. At the age of 20, with Church four months pregnant, the site went live. By the time her daughter was born, Church had replaced her monthly income and then some. Today, everythingkitchens.com has more than $8 million in annual sales, operates out of an 8,000-square-foot Springfield warehouse and sells name-brand products, including KitchenAid and Cuisinart, for bargain prices.—M.L.

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Q&A: Get to know Emily Church

How do you get your news?
“I’m a single mom with 14 employees, so the most amount of news I ever get is through search engine articles.”

What’s one website you check daily?
“My website, everythingkitchens.com.”

What did you want to be when you grew up when you were 5?
“A wife and mom.”

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I see myself happily married with one more child, and able to leave my company when school lets out.”

If you had to choose any other profession, what would you choose?
“I’d either like to work for World Vision or be an attorney.”

How do you define success?
“By the relationships around me and the quality of them. How they view me as a person.”

Why do you like what you do?
“Because I like challenge and I like strategy. I have a whole boatload of that with what I do.”

Fill in the blank. A perfect day at work is… ?
“Today I would like a stress-free day. I don’t know; probably a day where I feel like I’ve overcome some sort of management obstacle.”

Three words that describe your job are… ?
Never the same, challenging, mentally rewarding

What’s the biggest workplace prank you’ve ever taken part in?
“I had some employees send me flowers. They kept sending them to me from a ‘secret admirer’.”

What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do for your career?
“Any time I ever have to make a decision to fire someone. I hate doing that. I’m not a naturally mean person.”

Where’s your ideal vacation?
“One thing I’ve really watned to do was go visit some of my World Vision-sponsored children in Africa. But I don’t because it costs like $3,000 to go, and with [all that our dollars can do there], it feels like a waste of money.”

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