Hickory woman determined to make small business successful

By John Dayberry, Hickory Daily Record

Time Genies | Robert Reed Photo

Karen Tonks looks for the silver lining in every situation.

So it wasn’t surprising to those who know her well that upon becoming stranded in the Cayman Islands a few years ago, Tonks didn’t waste the six and one-half weeks it took her to replace a lost green card that would allow her to return to the United States. She spent those weeks making herself useful to her host family by running their errands, cleaning and doing household chores, just about anything to make their lives easier.

Perhaps most importantly, the experience planted a seed that would grow into Time Genies, a concierge and errand service that Tonks founded to meet a variety of personal and corporate needs.

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