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Aug 27, 2022

Welcome to The Main Thing Podcast! Our special guest today is an empathetic entrepreneur. 


Jill Scarbro is the 2022 National Small Business Person of the Year, a prestigious honor bestowed by the U.S. Small Business Administration.


Having grown up in rural West Virginia with dyslexia, Jill’s need for specialized services to learn how to read shaped the trajectory of her life. This sparked her to start Bright Futures, a school for one child in her grandmother’s kitchen. She has grown that organization to become a nationally recognized therapy center for children with autism.


Jill Scarbro is a board certified behavior analyst. She is the founder of Community Autism Resources and Education Systems (CARES) and CEO of Bright Futures Learning Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s in Behavior Analysis.


Jill lives in Winfield, West Virginia, where she is partner to Tim and mom to Caroline and Garrett.


Over the next 9 minutes, you will discover why Jill Scarbro is one of the wisest people I know.



Jill Scarbro on LinkedIn


Jill’s company Bright Futures Learning Services


Inc. Magazine story on Jill landing SBA’s top honor


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Content You Will Enjoy in This Episode

[00:00:01] - Intro and welcome

[00:01:50] - Brief bio for Jill Scarbro

[00:03:11] - Jill reflects on winning the top honor from US SBA

[00:03:55] - Growing up in the coalfields of southern WV; her early learning struggles

[00:05:00] - Jill’s vision for a career of helping kids overcome challenges

[00:05:30] - How Jill and Skip are connected

[00:06:32] - Jill reveals her Main Thing; unpacking the meaning

[00:07:59] - Jill shares a personal example of how she’s applied her Main Thing wisdom

[00:09:30] - Jill confesses that she really does want to save the world

[00:10:12] - A day in the life of someone who is on the autism spectrum

[00:11:40] - Perspectives: neurotypical thinking compared with neurodivergent thinking

[00:12:45] - Thank you and so long for now

[00:13:22] - Outro