Christmas-gift-button Tony and Angelique Moret’s dream to own a family business began nearly 16 years ago just after their second son was born. In an interview for his first plumbing apprenticeship, Tony was asked where he saw himself in 10 years. Tony looked around and responded, “Doing this.” The man scoffed saying that Tony could never run a similar operation, but the dream had been born.

Through many years working for a general contractor, Tony gained valuable experience in commercial construction, but the Morets became tired of the cyclicality. After a job was complete, Tony would be laid off—usually right before Thanksgiving—only to be re-hired after the holidays. It made Thanksgiving and Christmas stressful each year.

About the Morets

Tony and Angelique met 22 years ago in Gernsheim, Germany, when they were deployed by the military for a one-month assignment. They’ve now been married for 19 years and have two sons. Anthony, named for his father, is 18 and recently graduated high school. Andrew is 15, and is homeschooled by his mother.

The Morets first started their plumbing business after Hurricane Katrina, but Angelique says they didn’t know much about business, and they didn’t know where to find help. They were living in a FEMA trailer, and Angelique says it wasn’t the right time.

In 2012, Tony and Angelique participated in an exercise class and told a class member about their dream of business ownership. The woman suggested they come to Good Work Network for help. Angelique couldn’t write it down but kept repeating “Good Work Network” to herself so she wouldn’t forget, and she looked it up the same day.

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The Morets began meeting with a business counselor at Good Work Network, who helped them with structuring the business, and they completed training courses including project estimating and QuickBooks. They also made crucial connections through Good Work, including to Colmex Construction, who subcontracted with them.

The Morets began their first job on February 14, 2013,—Valentine’s Day—fitting for the fulfillment of their long-held family dream.

Tony and Angelique’s skills complement one another, and they enjoy working together. “Tony is the brand,” Angelique says. “He’s the personality.” Tony also does estimating and project management, and Angelique takes care of the back-office.

In additional to new construction, Moret Plumbing does plumbing repair and HVAC systems. They employ two young men, and their sons help under Tony’s guiding watch, as he trains them to take part in the family business. They completed seven homes with Colmex Construction in 2013, and Tony and Angelique are excited about the future.

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