Two businesses helped by the Center for Entrepreneurship recently celebrated with ribbon cuttings.


Hughes Chiropractic

Hughes Chiropractic held an honorary ribbon cutting to celebrate 100 years in business. Dr. Joseph Spencer Hughes started the business a century ago, and now his great grandsons Dr. Rick Hughes and Dr. Chuck Hughes, own and operate the practice. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a series of unusual events brought Joseph Hughes to St. Joseph. When he was 12 years old and visiting Boston with his family, young Joseph was kidnapped and forced to work aboard a ship as part of the crew. Fortunately for Joseph, the ship’s captain took a liking to him and taught him to read and write while the ship’s surgeon introduced him to the health care of the day. This early exposure to health care made an impression, and Joseph eventually moved to Chicago and graduated from the National School of Chiropractic in 1917. Joseph Hughes moved to St. Joseph with his wife and newborn son to open his practice. Three generations later, his great-grandsons continue his tradition of healing and bringing comfort to their patients.

“It was so helpful to work with Craig School of Business marketing classes as we looked at new ways to promote our business,” said Dr. Chuck Hughes. “The students and their professor were very helpful in understanding new advertising platforms. After being in business for many years it was refreshing to hear new ideas.”  Hughes Family Chiropractic specializes in alternative medicine. Combining chiropractic, acupuncture, physiotherapy, nutrition, and herbal medicine effectively treat neck & back pain, headaches, migraines, arthritic joint pain, pinched nerves, bulging discs, numbness or tingling in the arms and legs.  [link to]

We Care Family Care
Elaine Greer had the vision to bring two nurse practitioners together to become business partners.  Danyelle Kerns and Alicia Smith both had careers in healthcare, but had dreamed about owning their own practices. Though very experienced in the healthcare industry, owning a business was new to them. “Working with Annette, we have gained knowledge, support and networking opportunities that have benefited our company beyond measure, said Smith. “We have made connections in marketing, management and community associations that will allow us to continue growing our business.”
We Care Family Care [link to] is a health clinic, that offers holistic services to men, women and children. Kerns and Smith, both nurse practitioners, are passionate about meeting the community’s healthcare needs.