Small Businessperson of the Year finalist: 5 questions with Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar

Small Businessperson of the Year finalist: 5 questions with Marsha Barnes of The Finance Bar
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Marsha Barnes saw both of her parents laid off from their jobs within a six-month period. But they were both fine — after decades of saving and living frugally, they were well prepared.

That inspired Barnes to want to give other people that same confidence. Thus, The Finance Bar was born.

The Finance Bar offers counseling to single people and couples, and offers an online community for women who want to move beyond surviving into thriving. Barnes has also taken the show on the road, literally. Instead of an office, her renovated school bus travels to corporations and colleges around the country.

All that’s led Barnes to be named a finalist for the Charlotte Agenda’s Small Businessperson of the Year award in the Finance category.

Get to know Marsha and learn from her success through these five questions.

What’s the first hour of your day look like?

The first hour of my day is spent reading my devotional and preparing tea for my husband and I. It makes for a peaceful start of the day.

What’s the most valuable business lesson you’ve learned?

The most valuable business lesson I’ve learned is that great relationships are currency. Surrounding yourself with others that are focused on providing value for their customers is wildly important. Relationships plus value equals profit.

What’s a recent purchase of less than $100 that you love?

“The Principles for Navigating Big Debt Crises,” a three book box. I’m a complete nerd for finance books.

What’s the best book you’ve read in the past year?

“Becoming,” by Michelle Obama.

What other small businessperson do you admire?

Renae Bluitt, creator of the In Her Shoes Blog. She’s an advocate for female business owners. We need more Renaes in the world.

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