Last week I had some networking fun at “Connect the Dots,” an event organized by Paige Cahill of Constant Contact. I re-connected with Dana Ward from Great Day Moving, met some wonderful new folks and heard start-up and success joys and challenges from two local entrepreneurs, Leroy Shatto, owner of Shatto Milk Company, and Gary Walker, “King of Green” and owner of Magic Touch Cleaning. Their stories were inspirational, educational and entertaining!
Here are the top three nuggets I gleaned from the event:
1. Be yourself. Go with your strengths, follow your intuition, do what you love, do what it takes to succeed, be ready to face challenges and have a great time celebrating your successes.
2. Wear your brand. Although this goes hand-in-hand with #1 above, both of these successful entrepreneurs shared how wearing their brand has helped them build recognition. No matter where they go or who they are with, they proudly represent their businesses by what they wear, what they say and how they interact.
3. Have a plan and be ready to change it. Know where you are going, what you want to accomplish and why, and create a plan to make it happen. However, as your business unfolds, be alert to and take advantage of opportunities that may take you on an alternate (and sometimes even BETTER!) path.
And, to top it all off, I was the recipient of a fantastic door prize courtesy of Gary Walker and Magic Touch cleaning. I received a GIANT (and really heavy!) tote bag filled with ‘green’ cleaning supplies! Thank you, Paige for organizing and hosting a great event and thank you, Gary, for the ‘green’ goodie bag!
TODAY’S TIP: Be yourself, wear your brand, and have a plan for success. Have a terrific Tuesday!