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The successful Greeley businesswoman's playbook - Greeley TribuneTuesday, January 30, 2018
Since 2012, the SBDC has counseled 860 women in 13 counties as they started on the entrepreneurial path.Get ConnectedGlenda Haines began her first entrepreneurial venture four years ago as a Greeley newcomer. Offering financial advising and investment management through Eves and Haines Wealth Management, she wasn't a newcomer to setting up a financial strategy and how to implement it. And as a former electrical engineer, Haines was accustomed to working in a field historically dominated by men. She thinks that background gives her strength, describing her business style as decisive."I'm a big-picture person and look at gaps and problems, going from there to find a solution and then make it understandable," she said.Advising and coaching allows Haines to bring more of herself into the picture, whereas in engineering the problems were tailored less to human interaction, more to concrete problem solving.But to do business in Greeley, she understood she had to create relationships here."Greeley is community-centered and doesn't do business with strangers," she said.This plays well to women's strengths, Haines believes."We're wired for relationships and collaboration, including supporting other women," she said. "I realized it was important to show up to places where you can connect to people and become part of the community."From the early days, Peake also recognized this need to interconnect to achieve the growth and expansion she planned."I had to put myself out there because my Dad co-signed the loan so I could open my doors. I would barter with myself — 'if you go to the Chamber event, you don't have to go to the gym tomorrow,' " she recalled.Peake also takes advantage of professional chiropractic organizations. Before long, initial discomfort grew into a professional demeanor."I feel I do not have the room to let down my guard," she said. "I have to walk the talk to be taken seriously as a young professional."Staying in touch and making professional connections is key, say MacQuiddy and Hudson, who advise involvement with your local chamber of commerce. And while a social media presence is touted these days for connectivity, don't forget about real life face time at networking events.Find Mentors and Ask For HelpSuzanne Sereff, who began selling Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts packaged soups and cake mixes over 23 years ago, has operated a storefront in downtown Greeley for eight years. She, too, started small and undertook incremental growth, avoiding the burden of major debt.By utilizing connections she met on the craft show circuit, she began buying add-on products to feature at the store and offering consignment space. Most of the vendors she deals with are women, since men don't typically do craft shows, Sereff said.She found role models, aligning with other retailers and people who designed packaging whom she met on the bus at market, finding them inspiring and a ready source of ideas and support."Like iron sharpening iron, these people have been instrumental in our growth," she said.A willingness to learn and the understanding once she had purchased Cottonwood Florist in Greeley it was all hers was how Judy Jackson sees her success. She purchased the long-running floral shop from Connie Otto in 1998.Both Jackson and Otto, who opened in 1976, saw the business model change from one focusing on antique furniture, handmade chocolates and a few flowers to its current emphasis on flower design, gifts and home decor.Putting customer satisfaction first and acceptance of change was part of why the doors are still open, Jackson said.Although Jackson began on the business side, after she bought out two other partners, she learned by doing under the tutorship of Otto and other floral designers. Learning to address new competition from grocery stores and an aggressiv...
Floral art blossoms at Central Park Art Festival in Winter Haven as season ready to turn to spring - The LedgerTuesday, June 27, 2017
Sales are expected to peak in the spring and summer months for Alan and Bonnie Leising of Haines City, who displayed their metal flower showers this weekend. They've been creating metal sculptures for 20 years, Alan Leising said, and got the idea for their flower showers — called Our Flower Showers — about a decade ago when they were staying in a motel in Delray Beach during an art festival selling copper butterfly sculptures."We saw these old crummy pipes and thought they would lend themselves to making showers, so we made six of them and they sold instantly," Alan Leising said. "We knew we had something special on our hands ... they're really different."He said this year's art show was better than last's, because last year it rained.And with the start of spring starts the Leisings' busy seasons, he said."We're selling outdoor showers and sprinklers and things, so business is really going to pick up for us in the upcoming months," he said.— Madison Fantozzi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 863-401-6971. Follow her on Twitter @madisonfantozzi. http://www.theledger.com/news/20170319/floral-art-blossoms-at-central-park-art-festival-in-winter-haven-as-season-ready-to-turn-to-spring
Texas Florist Who Admitted to Being in Pelosi’s Office Wants Case Moved from D.C. Because of ‘Cancel Culture’ - Law & CrimeWednesday, March 31, 2021
Washington, D.C. because of “cancel culture.” The defense for Texas florist Jenny Louise Cudd, who was on video happily admitting to being in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asserted authorities were creating the “illusion” of a conspiracy between her and Eliel Rosa by linking their cases.“According to the Government’s Statement of Facts, the two were seen on security footage walking into the building, walking around, and walking out,” attorney Marina Medvin said in a filing Wednesday. “There is no evidence of communications or a plan between the two to enter the Capitol. Instead, the evidence is purported to be that they were at the same place, at the same time, followed a crowd into the open doors of the Capitol building, then walked out. They didn’t take anything, they didn’t break anything.”Cudd was among rioters raiding the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6, after then-President Donald Trump continued to lie that he actually won the 2020 presidential election. The invaders postponed but did not prevent Congress for counting electoral college votes weighing in favor of the real winner, President Joe ... https://lawandcrime.com/u-s-capitol-siege/texas-florist-who-admitted-to-being-in-pelosis-office-wants-case-moved-from-d-c-because-of-cancel-culture/
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Owners Emily and Bobby Lynge always saw the Airstream as temporary, however, and during the pandemic, were able to make the move to the space once occupied by The Enchanted Florist on Camp Bowie.
The Magnolia Avenue Airstream will be open until Thursday. On Saturday, the Camp Bowie space will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Easter 2021 gift guide: Luxury presents for him, her, children and the home | Hers | Style - Luxury LondonWednesday, March 31, 2021
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Bloomin’ good: Clinton florist business is awards finalist - 100 Mile House Free PressWednesday, March 31, 2021
I’m still trying to make heads or tails out of it. I’ve never been very good at honouring myself, but I’m very proud, and very thankful, to whoever nominated me.”Lawrence began working at a florist shop in Prince Rupert when she was 14, and continued until she went off to college for theatre school. At that point, she put flowers aside, but found they kept coming back to her: “I did my own wedding flowers, and flowers for friends.” Finally, at her mother’s encouragement, she decided to go for it, and Bubbles’ Blossom Design was born in time for Mother’s Day 2018.When Lawrence and her husband Jordan moved to Clinton in October 2016, she realized a florist shop was something the area needed.“At first I thought I’d research it for a couple of years, see how it goes, see how much interest there was, but then I decided just to jump in and do it. If an opportunity comes along you jump in with both feet.”READ MORE: Clinton hires new Chief Administrative OfficerShe says that the overhead was low: “I bought a used cooler and a couple of buckets, so it was an easy thing to do.” Until recently she worked out of her kitchen and dining-room, but last year an extension was added to the back of their house at the corner of Dewdney Avenue and Cariboo Highway for a small storefront.Lawrence nearly sold out of flowers that first Mother’s Day, and she says that the support from the community has been incredible. “It was a great initial reception, and I have the best customers. It was all by word of mouth and Facebook.”The business has since expanded beyond Clinton, with Lawrence delivering orders to Cache Creek and Ashcroft.“My end goal is to have ... https://www.100milefreepress.net/news/bloomin-good-clinton-florist-business-is-awards-finalist/
Rebel Girl Floral Arranges 'Flowers for the Wild at Heart' | Lake Minnetonka - Lake Minnetonka MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Floral Sothea Keller, rebels against the ordinary. Vowing to never make the same arrangement twice, orders are custom made and created to give each flower a purpose. Sothea views herself as a garden florist, arranging “flowers for the wild at heart” and emphasizes the importance of creating a unique display while encapsulating the personality of each client.Rebel Girl FloralHer husband and business partner, James Keller, shares her approach. “I just want people to enjoy flowers and to experiment with just not having something typical,” he says. “I want them to be wowed.” The couple’s exposure to the floral industry does not fall short. James’ mother and sister are professional florists, and Sothea has been in the business for almost 15 years. Working alongside her in-laws helped her learn the ropes. Primarily focusing her work on wedding arrangements, Sothea eventually began to branch out to other events and custom work. Recognizing that the wedding industry is filled with florists, Sothea took another route—one that celebrates other important moments in life. After she, unfortunately, attended several funerals, she noticed that a majority of the arrangements fell flat. Seeing the same stark variation of flowers, shapes and colors, Sothea knew that there was a void that needed to be filled in the i... https://lakeminnetonkamag.com/rebel-girl-floral-arranges-flowers-wild-heart