Small Business Success Story: NP Fuel

Don Murphy is the first person CareerFuel has interviewed who has never had a full-time, permanent job. He graduated high school over 30 years ago and, unlike today’s high school graduates who are twice as likely to be unemployed than those with a bachelors degree, Don was never without work. He found steady employment the old fashioned way: working hard, seven days a week painting and fixing cars by day and working as a contractor to Con Edison in New York City at night. Working multiple jobs over the years, Don gained skills and experience that enabled him to take the entrepreneurial plunge at age 38. He purchased a gas station franchise from Exxon, which he eventually bought outright. A proud owner for eighteen years, he has a successful business which has afforded him the opportunity to buy a 55 acre farm.

He says it is still possible to own a gas station and make a good living, particularly now that the major oil companies (Exxon, Mobil, etc.) no longer own most of their gas stations.

Watch his story and get inspired by Don’s work ethic, solid business instincts, and strong customer service.  If you think this is for you, here is a list of gas stations for sale to get you started.

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AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain is a former marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and consultant to several Fortune 100 companies.  Now, as Founder and CEO of, she is a social entrepreneur who connects people with the information and inspiration they need in order to get jobs and start businesses. CareerFuel is the only site that gives people what they need to know to find jobs or start businesses plus blogs and short films about real people who made it happen. 

A recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards, AnnMarie is a Board member of, was a participant in the first White House Entrepreneurial Session, the recent WeOwnIt Summit, and the first Alley to the Valley Event.  She is also a member of 85Broads and Startup America.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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