CINCINNATI – Emily Frank didn't make lemonade when life handed her lemons back in 2011. She made grilled cheese.
More precisely, she started C'est Cheese, a grilled cheese food truck.
Frank had been living in Chicago and working as an executive in the printing industry when she got laid off.
"I had had a job since I was 15," said Frank, a Cincinnati area native who graduated from Sycamore High School and University of Cincinnati. "It was the first time I thought, 'What do I really want to do?'"
Frank soon realized that just because she had been good at her job, that didn't mean she enjoyed it.
"I was your typical workaholic – a single woman who managed 85 people across six states. I lived on airplanes and in hotels," she said. "Everybody hates their job, but I didn't realize until I was forced out of if it that, holy crap, I did not enjoy that."
She used her severance package to spend that summer figuring out what she wanted to do next and decided she wanted to move home to Cincinnati and start her own business.
Insiders can read more about how Frank started C'est Cheese, the local organizations that helped her and why her advisors think she's been so successful with the business.