We had the good fortune of connecting with Joi Elmore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joi, so many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large. Can you talk to us about how you are helping the community?
My start in business began with my business baby Huff & Puff Hookah, which is a mobile catering company for private events throughout South Florida. I’ve learned so much when launching my company in 2017 I’ve had to learn so many things as far building a solid foundation, building vital business relationships, marketing and developing a strong brand for my team. I ran everything by the book and mentored so many along the way. Over the past 2 years I’ve had my hands in many ventures but my newest venture I’m excited about is entering the tech world! My partner and I have developed the Miami360 app that meets the needs of small businesses in the community. As Miami being the hot spot for tourism we wanted to give tourists the real scope of Miami by having a guide to explore Miami as a local. Guiding them outside of the well known overpriced and highly populated tourist locations like South Beach. Our app will give spotlight to all local small businesses that are easily overlooked. Giving them more exposure, more business and better marketing.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Huff & Puff has built a solid brand for itself but it wasn’t easy. When launching there weren’t many local hookah businesses that had the same strive for what I was trying to provide which was premium clean products, top of the line equipment and whose foundation was built on innovative ideas and professionalism. I wanted to give an experience a clean top quality experience that people would remember and always want again. We give our guests packages that they can choose from which is plus whether that traditional tobacco or non tobacco products, hundreds of flavors, light shows etc. My clients have ranged from college nights at small bars on weeknights to now hosting large wedding venues of hundreds of guests. The key of control and demand is where my mind has always been. Providing exceptional service while working smarter not harder to triple profits. I can say 90% of our client list is from referrals which proves if you do the job right the first time that will guarantee longevity and repeat business. And it’s worked for us.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love that this was asked, which proves why there’s a need for my app, Miami360! I was always asked being a Miami native where are the spots I would suggest and I would never point a friend to the trendy/popular spots but where there’s always good authentic food and entertainment. I would probably head over to Wynwood, find a small treasure like a taco spot or food truck and walk around enjoying the live music and graffiti wall murals.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
As many would know the journey of entrepreneurship can be a lonely road. There are times you doubt yourself and times when you want to throw in the towel. Ive been blessed enough to have family and friends support throughout this journey that I don’t intend or ever letting go. My launch of Huff & Puff was with my best friend Danielle Sanford, She was the sounding board of all my ideas and in the beginning we serviced all events, just the two of us. I’m thankful for building from the bottom up with someone I trust, which has put me in position to elevate and take Huff & Puff to the next level. As I enter into my newest company Miami360 app my partner Alexander Gardner has been the guy to get things done! He hit the pavement running from day one, marketing and building connections is his strength and I’m so grateful to start this new journey with him. Our future is bright as we enter into the world of tech! Special thanks to my tribe of women who have had my back and push me to greatness every single day!
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