Last updated: June 18. 2014 3:46PM - 2112 Views
Samuel R. Coleman Jr. Director, Southeast Kentucky Small Business Development Center



Serena Hensley, of Hometown Florist, can be reached at 337-7070. Stores hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Serena Hensley, of Hometown Florist, can be reached at 337-7070. Stores hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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I met Shawn and Serena Hensley in 2008 and we worked with the S.B.D.C. on three other business projects, which concluded the creation of his two current business operations in the Bell County area, Merchant First Processing and J & S Tree Service.


When Mr. and Mrs. Hensley decided to purchase Hometown Florist, their first call was to the S.B.D.C. and the next step was to retrieve the previous information they used to start their other business operations.


Mrs. Hensley was born and raised in Pineville and now resides there with her husband Shawn and their two beautiful children, Dawsyn Elizabeth and Shawn Van David. She attended Pineville Elementary School and High School where she graduated with the class of 1998. Mrs. Hensley attended Southeast Community College and obtained her nursing degree for which she practiced for many years.


After the birth of her son she wanted to start a new venture in life. She was trained in floral while working part time at a floral shop in Harlan during the time of obtaining her nursing degree. In the winter of 2009 she became a member of the Hometown Florist family.


Mrs. Hensley has practical experience in floral arrangements and is expanding her expertise with more formal education in this field to ensure she has the expertise necessary for the highest quality floral business operation. She says, “Growing up in a small town and working at our hometown hospital I have came to know the beautiful character of many people. Be rest assured if I know the person, I think of them the whole time I am creating their arrangement, and often say a special prayer for them. I add a personal touch to every piece.”


To put a financial face to her operation, it was suggested to her by her husband to seek help from the S.B.D.C. Sam Coleman and the SBDC office were key in establishing their other business operations. Some people will never start a business and certain special people in our community will turn the needs of the community into business ventures that will benefit everyone.

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