We’ve been fortunate to connect with so many brilliant, thoughtful entrepreneurs and creatives and we regularly ask them about the most important lessons they’ve learned over the course of their careers. We’ve shared some highlights below.

Leslie Nunez | Photographer

As my business continues to grow, there are so many new things to learn from each day, each event I come across, and challenges that I encounter. It is up to me to determine whether or not I want to take away from experiences which is why I am determined to make sure I become aware of it all. I want to begin by sharing one of my lifetime business lesson which is knowing my worth! It took me a while to nail down the business part of my photography since the art was always there and never a problem, it was difficult to work in the business side of it. Read more>>

Hope Glassel | Photographer & Digital Designer

I live on the soap box that art and business live on opposite ends of a spectrum. Creativity lives in a space that is fluid & open-ended, business thrives in a measurable, structured space. As we are often artists first and business-people second, learning how to operate as a business person has definitely been a learning process for me! I find that both, however, are equally nurtured by consistency. In times when inspiration and motivation are not available (which they are not always), we must, as artists AND business people, learn to turn to discipline and consistency to stay on our toes and keep our practice fresh, exciting, and well-oiled. Read more>>

Danielle Strauss | Owner

I have worked in a few different industries prior to owning my own business. I feel like the skills and lessons learned in those jobs have helped me becoming a successful business owner. The most important lessons is trust. You have to trust yourself in the decisions you making and be confident. You also have to trust your employees and they need to trust you. If your staff can trust your process, decisions and that you always have their back, they will have yours in return. Having staff that love your business, brand and what they do will make or break a customer experience. I couldn’t love the staff that I have more, they are always a breathe of fresh air every time they come to work. Read more>>

Charmaine Radway | Regulatory Specialist and Business Owner

I started as an eager bushy-eyed creator full of ideas to launch. With that eagerness came to urge to share ideas I was excited about. Along the way, I realized that I needed to protect my ideas in every way I could. When you hear people speak of their ideas being stolen you never think you would be on the receiving end of that. Now I utilize NDAs and Trademark petitions any my concepts to minimize the risk of losing assets I worked hard to create. Read more>>

Jacqueline Prude | Interior Decorator & Owner

It’s never too late to discover and follow your passion. I was a grade school teacher for 8 years before I had my two daughters and was lucky enough to stay home with them. Once they were in school full time I was at a crossroads- do I go back to school and get my Masters in Education or do I try something new? As much as I loved teaching, I also had this curiosity about Interior Design. I decided to take a few classes at the local community college to see what it was all about. The more I learned, the more I knew it was the right fit for me. Read more>>