Learning a Whole New Field
Though she had lived in Ketchikan previously, where her husband was raised,
the couple lived in Iowa for several
years while Schofield ran an entirely
different kind of business. She owned
and operated a newspaper called “The
Farm Hand,” serving an Iowa agricultural county. Information provided in
its pages was meant to serve the farmer
and non-farmer alike, she says.
In 1997, the couple and their two children returned to Ketchikan. Schofield
worked as a clerk for a local physician at
Ketchikan Medical Clinic until setting
her sights on acquiring TSS in 1999. At
that point, TSS functioned as a small
business with two clients. Before her
newly-acquired business could grow, it
would need to match its services to a lot
“Through the Small Business Development Center, I was helped getting a
business plan going. And it’s interesting this award comes about because of
them,” Schofield says.
Armed with the Small Business De-
velopment Center plan and a bank loan
from First Bank, a local lender, Schofield
leased space from her former boss, Dr.
David Johnson, who owned the Ket-
chikan Medical Clinic on Tongass Av-
enue and happened to have the space
available. It formerly had been used as
clinic space for patients’ X-rays. “After
acquiring the business, I moved into the
medical clinic. It held lead walls because
of the X-ray machine and no windows,”
she says. “It was just a one-person shop,
just me, for a couple of years.”
Yet, the medical space provided a
logical facility where blood draws and
screenings could be completed.
To build a client base, Schofield began
by networking. The role would prove especially important for educating industries required to comply with changing
regulations. It meant helping small
businesses and individuals navigate
often confusing federal and state rules
in the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988
and Mandatory Guidelines for Federal
Workplace Drug Testing.
“Anywhere there were people, I talked
about drug screening. I wore my TSS shirt
and went wherever I could. I did a lot of
things like that to build the business.”
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