By Kyle Morey, Madison County Chamber
Judy and Phil Lambert. Courtesy of Dale Pickett Photography
To the owners of Lambert's Music Center, there is no sweeter sound than employing people and teaching them the art of music while growing a business.
Lambert's Music Center, nominated for the MCC's 2012 Small Business of the Year Award, opened for business on October 2, 2006 offering senior/mature adults music classes on the Lowrey Virtual Orchestra. Since then, co-founders and owners Judy and Phil Lambert have expanded their business model to include guitar, percussion, piano, vocal, organ, brass and woodwind private lessons.
"I had worked for Anderson Music Center for 42 years," reflects Judy Lambert, co-founder and owner of Lambert's Music Center, during an interview with the MCC Team. "The owner, Mr. Mechem wanted out of the retail business and offered the business to us. We had an organ clientele so at the age of retirement we decided to open our own business."
The Lamberts have already opened another location in Noblesville and continue to grow their business to provide education in music for their community.
"We want to give people jobs who are interested in music," says Judy. "As we grow our business, we also provide jobs and education."
When asked what challenges they face, the Lamberts readily agreed: "We are selling a product that no one really needs; it is a lifestyle purchase. But, it is very rewarding and self satisfying to help someone learn an instrument for they grow spiritually and intellectually along the way."
The Lamberts have a goal to enroll more students for private and class lessons as well as grow their business in Noblesville to a new level.
"Our store manager and his assistant will continue to grow the business to the point of opening another branch by 2025." says Judy.
Judy was born and raised all her life in Anderson. Phil was born in Greenfield and raised in Anderson.
"Both our parents were musicians, Phil's Dad was a drummer, and both worked at Delco Remy all their lives." reminisces Judy. "Phil & I started on the accordion when we were 5 years old."
Judy and Phil are very active in the Wesley Free Methodist Church, they are excited about the opportunity of expanding their footprint, they choose PC over MAC, and they love to give back to their community with events like the Noon Exchange Club for Bids for Kids and a large fundraiser for Homes for our Troops.
"We are both thrilled and humbled to be considered a nominee of the Small Business of the Year award by the Madison County Chamber," reports Judy.
About the Award
The Small Business of the Year award honors a Madison County-owned and MCC member company that has been in business five or more years and has fewer than 100 employees. The company must demonstrate the following characteristics to be nominated and must excel above others to win: demonstrate visible growth and achievements, adhere to the company's brand promise, and invest in the community both through business and community support.
Lambert's Music Center, along with XADS and Majestic Productions, will be honored as a finalist and possible winner of the 2012 Small Business of the Year Award. Winners of this award, as well as the Emerging Business of the Year and Non Profit of the Year, will be announced at the Madison County Chamber's Annual Awards Gala held on February 28, 2013 from 6 to 9 pm at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Anderson. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling Tina at 765-642-0264.