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Small Business Success Story: NP Gas Station & Garage

Don Murphy is the first person CareerFuel has interviewed who has never had a full-time, permanent job. He graduated high school over 30 years ago and, unlike today’s high school graduates who are twice as likely to be unemployed than those with a bachelors degree, Don was never without work. He found steady employment the old fashioned way: working hard, seven days a week painting and fixing cars by day and working as a contractor to Con Edison in New York City at night. Working multiple jobs over the years, Don gained skills and experience that enabled him to take the entrepreneurial plunge at age 38. He purchased a gas station franchise from Exxon, which he eventually bought outright. A proud owner for eighteen years, he has a successful business which has afforded him the opportunity to buy a 55 acre farm.

He says it is still possible to own a gas station and make a good living, particularly now that the major oil companies (Exxon, Mobil, etc.) no longer own most of their gas stations.

Watch his story and get inspired by Don’s work ethic, solid business instincts, and strong customer service.  If you think this is for you, here is a list of gas stations for sale to get you started.

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For a great family business story, meet Ty of the Oklamoha State Horseshoeing School and learn how he changed marketing techniques to keep the business going.

This is another segment in CareerFuel’s “How America Works” series, a collection of job search and small business success stories. Do you have a small business success story? If so, we would love to hear about it!

Video production by darQlight Studios



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  • Road Rage Victim

    This guy is a psychopath whose aggressive road rage behavior towards my daughter in his Hummer almost ended in serious injury. He actually slammed his Hummer into reverse and floored it at her car. He is a despicable piece of garbage who might be a success as businessman, but is a failure as a human being.

  • AMcIlwain

    I spoke to Don Murphy this morning and he confirmed that there was an incident with one of his utility vehicles that was being used by a friend to move equipment. Don was not the driver, nor was he in the car at the time, but as the owner he takes full responsibility and is very sorry that the accident occurred.