A native Texan, Connie Miller has overcome an unending stream of obstacles and challenges. This divorced mother of two has tirelessly, among other things, maintained a ranch, volunteered in her community and promotes diabetes awareness. Her determination, skills, creativity and motivation led her to succeed at all her professional endeavors.
Her most recent endeavor began several years ago out of frustration. Her love for boots created a dilemma about how to store them. To overcome this, this entrepreneur tested various materials, techniques, suppliers, manufacturers and a host of other elements to produce unique and innovative boot racks that would accommodate as many as 18 pair of boots. As a testimony to her ingenuity and perseverance, Miller recently received the Texas Small Business Champion Award by Governor Rick Perry.
According to Dana McLaughlin, Sustainable Business Counselor at Small Business Development Center (SBDC), “Connie is one of the hardest working and diligent entrepreneurs that I've had the pleasure to work with at the SBDC. She has the guts to go for her dreams and the resilience to overcome challenges, learn new things, and continue improving.”
With her passion for the Western way of life and her penchant for marketing, sales, communications, Miller has taken a simple idea and introduced it to the marketplace. Her boot racks, sold online, continue to garner accolades. Each boot rack is beautifully crafted, distinct, versatile -- with interchangeability, and require no tools to assemble. In addition to insisting that these racks stay manufactured in the United States, BuildABootRack.com donates a portion of all sales to the Diabetes Research Institute, as Miller’s daughter was diagnosed at the age of nine with Type I diabetes.