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Meet Brooke Cambridge of BLC Painting on North Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brooke Cambridge.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My dream was to play D1 hockey for UNH and pursue a career in architectural engineering. I learned quickly that sometimes dreams don’t always come true, instead of just giving up a dream I created others. At 19 yrs. old I started painting, working with friends for a local painting contractor. I found it enjoyable, as working hands-on has always been my main interest as well as one of my strengths. Stick with what you’re good at they say, right?! So I did what I was good at, and I learned the trade. I traveled and worked for a few companies throughout New England. I then decided, “hey, I can do this!” So I spent hours, days, weeks and months researching business and talking to everyone I knew and didn’t know, and yes I still do it to this day. Once I made the decision to go out on my own I started handing out business cards to everyone, people I knew and to strangers too! Then it happened… the calls, the projects, the hiring and building on what I knew how to do. I have created what I have today with the help of so many supporters. We have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with several extremely talented individuals, builders, architects and designers. Humbled by many awards won and playing a role on A&E’s “Flipping Boston.” I can say I am truly grateful for where this road has lead and continues to lead. I am a sole owner, but I am overwhelmed by the help and support of so many wonderful people who have contributed to the success of my company.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I can say it’s not always cupcakes & butterflies! Though I do love cupcakes! In my opinion true success comes with many challenges and failures, but it also leads to much needed lessons learned, significant growth and a higher value of success. We’ve experienced struggles with employees, clients, scheduling, weather, and you name it the list goes on. Though I will say there are a few important things I have learned along the way. Attitude will take you further then skill, interview your clients just as they are interviewing you as not every project/client is the right fit. Most importantly would you rather be right, or be a success? Play nice it feels good to spread the nice around. Oh, and that “never give up” thing gets in my way often. I have gone through the ups and downs of what owning a business can bring. Times of “I am sooo done!” to “OMG, I love my job!’ The rollercoaster of life has proven to be true after all!

Please tell us about BLC Painting.
BLC Painting focuses on the interior and exterior of both commercial and residential painting. We specialize in quality, experience, knowledge and customer satisfaction. The one attribute we are most known for is our logo, my dog Toby Sage. Toby was my first Lab who recently passed at age 14. She is, and always will be our #1 mascot. As I reflect on my business one thing that I am most proud is the long-term relationships which have developed with so very many appreciated clients as well as our positive reputation. We have been told that what sets us apart is our professionalism, communication, trust, reliability and obviously being a woman in a male dominated industry!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Lots of ice hockey playing & drum lessons!

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