Whether we are aware of it or not, our past experiences play an enormous role in determining where we are today. Each choice, each decision, each success and each defeat has paved the way for us to continue to move forward on our unique journey in both our personal and professional lives.Read More
What is your business idea? Some entrepreneurs already have a wonderful idea they already know they want to make a reality. Others might have several ideas or variations of an idea. Or no idea at all, just a desire driving them. I fall under the second category. I know I want to be an illustrator but there are several directions I could take that as a business.Read More
If you’re ready to pick a name for your business, then make sure you don’t fall in love with one that will break your bank!
Oh, what’s in a name? If a rose was known by any other name would it smell as sweet?Read More
What’s My Why?
In the second module of the Build Your Dream Company course, I was presented with a question. What’s my why? Why do I want to go into business? What’s my purpose? I’ve spent the last week or so trying to pinpoint exactly why I want to start a business, especially when I don’t consider myself an entrepreneur, and it’s been difficult to express.Read More
Let me begin by saying, anyone that tells you that entrepreneurship is easy has either never been a business owner, or is just straight up in denial. Even with all of the ups and downs I would still rather work 80 hours a week for myself than 40 for someone else. The key I have found is to listen to the experts who blazed the trail before me and to find a balance between the good and the bad, the tedious work and the creative work.Read More
We hosted our second Virtual WBC launch event last week in Cache Valley and had a great time meeting so many new friends! The event was hosted in partnership with the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Women’s Roundtable at the Logan Country Club. A highlight of the event was hearing from Renee Daly, an commercial design entrepreneur in the area. By using local resources like the small business development center, she has been successful in building her business, Daly Design, from the ground up! We also had the opportunity to announce 10 scholarships available for online training to women in Cache Valley, granted by the GOED Office of Rural Development. We are so excited for the women in Cache Valley to have access to this amazing resource!
The Reluctant Entrepreneur
I was not born with an entrepreneurial spirit. Creative and occasionally adventurous, sure, but not entrepreneurial. Money was always tight growing up so the thought of owning my own business and the potential loss of capital if it went under terrified me. I thought I would be content to work for someone else and follow my creative pursuits as purely hobbies.Read More
Welcome to the New VISTA!
This week we got a new VISTA, Tori Crookshank! Tori will be over the ethnic minority and refugee outreach program for the Women’s Business Center. I love having a fellow VISTA on-site with me. She is smart, driven, professional, and fun. I have enjoyed being able to give her advice and share my experiences thus far so that she can be successful in her new role. Tori is also a fellow Family Life major and BYU Cougar! It’s nice to have someone in the office who shares my love for BYU when almost everyone in the office graduated from the University of Utah! I’m looking forward to working more with Tori in our concerted effort to help women across the state of Utah build confidence, create opportunities, and experience success!
Today was the FIRST EVER virtual WBC launch! The team went up to the USU Extension in Brigham City (which, by the way, was only built last December and is SO beautiful and new!) and met over 50 women from the area who came to see what the Women’s Business Center is all about. Monica from the Brigham City Chamber was extremely organized and did such a great job of recruiting attendees and getting the word out. We couldn’t have done it without her. The event was great. Ann Marie told everyone about our new projects and resources. We met some great women in the area like Wendy from the local SBDC and Alison Johnson, the 2015 Businesswoman of the Year. Such great women to know! Our next step is to follow up with a focus group to see what women want and need as far as building and growing their businesses. We’re excited to be involved in Box Elder County and look forward to visiting other counties soon!
Yesterday Deb and I had the opportunity to attend the PTAC Conference in Provo, UT. I met a lot of our partners and clients, as well as some new contacts that could potential serve as strategic partners in rural areas! There were some organizations like World Trade Center Utah that have rural outreach programs I’d like to look into more and see if we could do similar programming at the WBC. I also met Jodi Anderson, who conducted the first focus group in Cedar City! She was so kind and open to more collaboration. I hope we can work with her more in the months and years to come!