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Business Profile

Craig Daily Press Business Profile Name:

Sharon L. Stoddard

Name of business/address:

Countrywide Home Loans at Packcenter Shipping,

509 Yampa Ave.

What prompted you to open your business in Craig?

I love Craig and have lived here for almost 22 years. I wanted to stay here after retiring from 27 years of service with the USDA, rural development.

How did you get into your line of business?

Right out of college I applied to work for the federal government, and I have been in lending ever since.

Describe your philosophy of being a good businessperson.

It’s imperative to be accountable, committed to excellence and willing to go the extra mile for your customers. If you want to be good at your work, you have to love what you do.

How do you define the role of your business in the community?

Countrywide is a residential lender, but unlike many of the other lenders in the valley, we do not sell our servicing. Countrywide services their own loans and we have West Slope loan decisions and processing.

What’s the best part of your job?

It’s the people. I love working with people and helping them meet their needs.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Getting the word out that Countrywide is right here in Craig and how much we have to offer. We have almost 400 loan programs, and that is hard for people to grasp.

What advice would you give to a young person considering opening his or her own business?

Have a good idea and then evaluate your risk. Have a plan to minimize your risk and know your options. Nothing is gained without taking some calculated risk.

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