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Melissa "Missy" Young is an East Tennessee entrepreneur and dynamo. She is a one woman show who owns two successful businesses in the Greater Knoxville area. Missy owns Affordable Insurance Services, Inc and Designs by Melissa, both in Morristown, Tenn. She does spend a great deal of time on the road and can often be found in Knoxville proper.

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After graduation from East Tennessee State University as a criminal justice major, Missy began work as a probation officer, work that she found both rewarding and frustrating. She was introduced to the insurance business by a co-worker and worked as a captive agent for a company for about a year and a half.

Missy realized the opportunities that being an independent insurance agent would offer and started her own company. Today, Missy writes for more than 25 companies, and as a Life and Health agent, she primarily writes for worksite market/group benefits. There is probably not an insurance need that Missy cannot cover for you. She writes life, health, identity theft, legal, final expense insurance and much more.

Owning her own insurance agency allows Missy to be responsible for setting her own schedule and to be available to her friends and family with whom she is very close. It also allows her to address her more creative side.

Missy began creating at a young age and, during college, sold her home decor and jewelry designs at her jobs and street fairs. She took a part-time job at the former Ribbon Place in Knoxville and learned the art of making bows. Missy's bows are not the type you find at your average craft fair. Her bows are true works of art.

Designs by Melissa can be found at Delaney Janes's Upscale Resale Shoppe in Morristown and Pink Pig Pottery Studio also in Morristown. Missy ships her designs all over and recently shipped her first order to Italy. She does about 30 shows a year with her bows, jewelry, keychains and many other fun items.

Missy looks forward to her retirement when she can spend all of her time creating. She is truly gifted. Missy says "To God be the glory because without him I am nothing."

Find Missy on Facebook at Hairbow and Jewelry Lady

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