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Linda Hagedorn reaches into her cupboard to pull out the piece of plastic that reminds her of her start as an entrepreneur a Tupperware "square round" container.As a high school student, she went to a Tupperware party with her mother. The most expensive product was under $5. She remembers how her mom and three friends split a set of four of the small plastic boxes that were sized just right to pack a sandwich with their husband's lunch.Within a couple of years, Hagedorn would be a "Tupperware Lady" herself, starting out on a career that would allow her to be a trainer and distributor to a four state region. Tupperware would lead her to India and allow her to write cookbooks, star in cooking TV shows, help organize style shows and even build a live Christmas pageant that would run for 30 years.And it all started with a group of women getting together, pooling the few dollars they had to share a set of containers."I could tell even back then, that it was about relationships," says Hagedorn, holding the container in her hand. "It's not what you know but how you treat the people around you, about the way you give of yourself to other people."Hagedorn, 72, who was honored last year for her mentoring work at the annual SME Women in Business event, never planned to make a career out of Tupperware. In fact, a career wasn't part of her plan at all.She was married the year after high school. College had never even been a discussion, she says. She knew her family couldn't afford it.In 1960, the Tupperware saleswoman in Hagedorn's hometown of Irvington, Neb., recruited her to start selling. At the time, the newly married young woman was expecting her first child, and her recruiter gave her a piggy bank to use her proceeds to start saving for the baby.But just a few years later, with three young daughters at home each born about a year and a half apart and a marriage that was ending in divorce, Hagedorn's situation had changed. She knew she needed to take what had been a side business and expand it to support her family."I wasn't planning on becoming our sole supporter, but you do what you have to do," Hagedorn says. "Tupperware gave me a way to provide for my family and be there for my children."her careerHagedorn would go on to marry her husband Otto, a farmer who had two children from a previous marriage. As the couple had two more children, growing their blended family, Hagedorn continued selling Tupperware and quickly rose through the ranks, breaking sales records.After years in 4 H, the New Balance Womens Shoes Sale

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demonstrations that were part of Tupperware parties were easy for her to do. And she found that she had a talent for sales."I found out that I really could do my best because I love people and I was selling something that I believed in," says Hagedorn, sitting at her kitchen table. "If you love what you do, it's not hard to be passionate about it."In 1975, the couple was on a cross country vacation with all seven children in a rented RV when they received a call from Gaylin Olson, who at that time was the regional vice president for Tupperware. They changed their route, making a stop in Kansas City, Mo., to discuss a new offer. operations and then serve as president of the company's divisions in Asia Pacific and Latin America. "If you talk to Linda for two or three minutes, you realize that she's got a tremendous personality. A lady like Linda, you just don't run into every day."Within months, the family would move to South Dakota to take over a regional distributorship. Tupperware would be the family business, with Hagedorn responsible for getting products to a sales force in South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.After living in Sioux Falls briefly, the family bought a farm place near Tea, where they built a warehouse/events center they called Lakota Events Hall, and Hagedorn had a "test kitchen" where she could hold training events for sales staff using the new products that came out each month.Her youngest daughter, Mindy Hagedorn, who owns Hair Magic Salon in Sioux Falls, says her mom managed it all through hard work and organization. She participated in all of her kids' activities and events, volunteered with the Future Homemakers Association program at school and always made time for the family."My friends would love to stay over because my mom made the best crepes and cherry fritters," says Mindy, 42. "To today, they still remember that."Mindy, who grew up helping out with the family business, says her parents' work ethic was something that made a huge impression. She knew she wanted to own her own business because of their influence."I never watched my parents New Balance 720v3 Womens

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punch a time clock," says Mindy, who continues to call her mom every day just to chat. "They showed us how to work hard and taught us to stick our money away, to have a work ethic and punctuality and responsibility."Over the years, Linda Hagedorn never stopped innovating. When she was asked to attend Tupperware events across the nation, people would ask her for the recipes.She developed two cookbooks that she could sell. She has hosted several televised cooking shows. She started out as a regular on the KELO noon news broadcast, moving New Balance White And Red on to taping her own syndicated cooking shows at her test kitchen at the events center.When Hagedorn first started as a Tupperware saleswoman, the company emphasized the importance of appearance. She went on to work with stores to do fashion shows.And shortly after moving to South Dakota, Hagedorn had an idea about using a barn on their property for a live nativity. In 1977, she contacted the pastor at Prairie Hills Covenant Church in Tea, organizing volunteers to hold the first "Journey to Bethlehem" Pageant.The event grew, at times drawing crowds of more than 3,000 people, to see the show that included music, narration and even a lift to take the angels high above the crowd. The pageant came to an end in 2008, but it was an important part New Balance Zante V2 Womens

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