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March 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 63 "The beauty of opening and running my yoga studio while also co-owning the hardware store is that I'm able to offer classes and take instructor training, but my work at the hardware store helps cover expenses that a yoga studio wouldn't be able to on its own," she says. "These two businesses work very well together, and my yoga studio gives me another outlet." Recognition Leads to Empowerment After a few years of running both the hardware store and yoga studio, in 2016, the Montana Ambassadors, a non-profit group of leaders in business and education and state and local government in Montana, honored Hermes as the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year. "I received a call in December 2015 from the governor of Montana telling me I won the award," she says. "And about a month later, I got an email detailing the award and what went along with it." For Hermes, receiving the award helped her step up and take risks, although she says she prefers to be behind the scenes. "A community member nominated me, and from this, I feel like I found myself in a much more stable place," she says. "Before the awards ceremony, they created a video and filmed me at the store and the yoga studio. My staff and all of my students I instruct were very supportive and excited for me." Although Hermes says she isn't always the best at public speaking, prior to speaking to the crowd at the awards ceremony, she gained inspiration from simply watching the video they put together. "After watching my video, I was so moved and I stood up and was able to speak to