Hadfield, who founded the Kwik-Kopy company in Houston in 1967 and built it into the largest fast printing franchise in the world, spoke to more than 100 participants in the Piney Woods Entrepreneurship and Small Business Success Program.
Hadfield is a Texas history buff, and was right at home in the Sam Houston Memorial Museum's Walker Education Center. He distributed booklets entitled "In the Footsteps of Heroes," about Sam Houston's winning campaign against the Mexican Army in 1836, and passed out authentic-looking arrowheads as well as folksy and inspiring advice, such as:"'Regret' and 'Fear' are the two thieves that rob us of today..."
Now 77, Hadfield came to Houston in 1946 from Massachusetts, in part to escape the winters and in part because his brother told him the economy was good. He got a job in a downtown Houston printing shop, within a year he and his brother bought a shop of their own, and had the good fortune to have a wife with a flair for marketing.
Mary Hadfield, who accompanied her husband on his Huntsville visit, came up with the Kwik-Kopy name, an idea Hadfield said was instrumental in catapulting the company literally to the top of the fast printing world.
Hadfield was the first of the entrepreneurship program's speakers. Bob Barragan, director of the Small Business Development Center, said that openings are still available for the program's remaining sessions, to be held the last Thursday of each month through June.
Some of the topics to be covered include Time Management and Organization, Stress Management, Communication and Listening Skills in the Workplace, Motivating the Masses, Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles in the Workplace, and Managing with Ethics.
Program sponsors include Southwestern Bell Telephone of Texas, the SHSU College of Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.
Anyone interested in participating should contact Ce Cowart-Schlicher at 936.294.3737.
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SHSU Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
Jan 26, 2001
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