deal. We now have completed scene de-cons in aircraft, homes, clothing, and
Small Business Citation
Though Schofield says she believes it
took “a community” to help bring TSS
to its current business success, she also
posits a few pieces of advice to others
working a small business.
A small business may at first appear
a solitary venture, but Schofield imme-
diately availed herself of a “team” com-
posed of a solid accountant, an encour-
aging banker, and an attorney. “Once
you are clear about what you want, get
aligned with the professional advice
that can help you go there,” she says.
“My banker, CPA, and attorney will all
at the drop of a hat meet with me to talk
about how do we do that next step.”
Jay Johnson, Schofield’s CPA, has
worked with her the past decade. He
says her ability to motivate her staff and
“strive for excellence makes her really
good at taking care of her customer base.”
To grow as a drug screening and
safety service in the town of Ketchikan
might at first glance seem an unlikely
small business. “But there are a lot of
government jobs here that require that
kind of testing. We have an airport
with all the pilots, a string of islands
where the aviators supply everything
from mail to milk and eggs,” he says.
“Our ship and dry dock is expanding
all the time.”
Ketchikan was awarded the contract
to build the Alaska-class ferries for the
Alaska Department of Transportation
& Public Facilities. “That’s a big deal
for a small community,” Johnson says.
Schofield expanded her knowledge base
to match the needs of the unique com-
munity, he says, which enabled her to
teach certifications and grow to meet
“This is the result of a lot of people
working together,” Schofield says. “It’s
my staff, and it’s the Southeast community that is incredibly supportive of
supporting local businesses.” R
Naomi Klouda is the former
editor of both the Homer Tribune
and the Tundra Drums. She is a
lifelong Alaskan and freelances
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