DEBERT – Cheryl Myers woke up one morning with an idea of what to when she retired.
Last year, upon retirement, Myers created Peaceful Places – a business that helps people create a new space in their home through a variety of ways – downsizing, making the home safer, or even helping the client move into a new space. She joined the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce, where she learned of the Legacy Award being given out for only the second time during this year’s Small Business Week.
Myers accepted the award and its prize during an awards luncheon.
“I was shocked,” said Myers about learning of the win. “I’m hoping by winning this award, it will give people a better understanding of what I do and what’s available, whether it’s me going into their homes and giving them some ideas, or helping them find another place.”
The Legacy Award was created to identify a viable start-up, a business just beginning to develop, located within the Truro and Colchester region. The award provides the winner with a one-time $2,500 cash prize, as well as in-kind supports, products, and services from partnering member businesses.
“I’m so excited by the all the partners involved, from accounting to HR, and so many others…it’s just amazing,” said Myers, adding she’s already been working with the sponsor businesses. “I don’t want to lose that momentum.”
Myers had been working as a registered nurse, and started talking with her husband about three or four years ago as to what they could do when retirement came about.
“Neither one of us can stop, so retirement for us means changing roles, and be our own bosses,” said Myers.
With her experience in a nursing home, Myers knew there were clients who sometimes couldn’t return home unless some work was done that would allow them to be safe in their homes.
She said she went to sleep one night, and woke up the next morning with the idea for Peaceful Places.
“I’m the type of person that thinks if you put something out into the universe, things will come to you,” said Myers. “And the support of the community already indicates the need for Peaceful Places is there.”
When she started the groundwork on Peaceful Places last year, Myers’ husband spoke to a colleague of his in human resources. The colleague emailed Myers to inform her of Senior Move Managers in the U.S.
“I thought, ‘something like this already exists?’ and I started investigating, and spoke to Senior Move Managers, my colleagues, real estate agents, and NOBL.”
Myers said each client she takes on will have a different need to be fulfilled, so jobs could last a day, or longer. She’s being hired in the spring to help a woman move from her four-story home into something smaller. Myers said she’ll be there from top to bottom of the house.