As I reflect on my celebration of National Small Business Week (April 29-May 5), I am reminded to celebrate each success on my business journey and to make each step with an eye to excellence. During my entrepreneurial activities, I have learned many lessons from my mistakes, mentors, and mishaps. I am summarizing them into My 5 C’s to Blossoming Your Business – Courage, Consultation, Collaborate, Commitment to Excellence & Commitment to Learning.
C- Courage and Commitment to Excellence
Mrs. Barbara Vinzant, the owner of Ms. V’s Restaurant & Bar operated out of Madden Golf Course, is the epitome of two of my 5 C’s to Blossoming Your Business – Courage and Commitment to Excellence.
I was reminded of a great example of Courage in business and in life when I ran into Barbara Vinzant, someone I consider a colleague, mentor, and friend. She has continued to find the Courage to rebrand herself over the years and her Commitment to Excellence has helped to define her reputation and distinguish her among other business owners in the Dayton business community. She doesn’t tell herself “no” and she does not allow anyone else to tell her “no.” She has the courage to keep going despite setbacks and challenges. The small business advocate and two-time cancer survivor said, “You should never say can’t to Barbara Vinzant.”
One of her first businesses was a Beauty Shop, which was later expanded to include a clothing consignment shop. After a successful run of those businesses, she turned to cooking and hospitality. Diamond D’s restaurant ran successfully for several years but after a fire, she opened Ms. V’s Restaurant & Bar. When I ran into her at the Dayton Book Expo on April 30, she was doing what she does best – market her business and promote her upcoming Mother’s Day event on May 13, 2018, at the Madden Golf Course. Here is a preview of what to expect.
Collaborate means to work, one with another, to cooperate. Karen M.R. Townsend, Ph.D., the visionary behind About My Sisters, puts the “C” in Collaborate. Her organization is dedicated to educating, informing, and enlightening women and girls to discover their unique talents and abilities Dr. Townsend is also president and CEO of KTownsend Consulting, an Ohio-based Ohio-based training and consulting firm, and understands the power of working together and cooperating for a common goal or cause. With her commitment to “Collaborate” with other like-minded organizations, About My Sisters is well on its way to achieving its mission to empower a million women and girls.
This may seem like a lofty goal but she said, “I believe that if we all view ourselves as sisters, and we commit to being our personal best, then the light of our individual lives will shine so brightly that it will inspire another sister, who will then inspire another sister, and another, and another.” To learn more about how you can join her in celebrating 25 years of serving women and children, click here.
Another important “C” to Blossoming Your Business is Consultation. You have to be committed to producing the best products possible because there are always other options. You want your clients to feel like you are the ONLY option. To produce the best product and/or service means we have to be willing to consult with the right legal advisors, mentors, coaches or any other business advisors or experts to ensure we have the right information needed for success.
Experts say it costs a business more to secure new customers than it does to retain your current ones. So it makes sense to spend the time upfront building the right relationships, products, and services and consulting with the right experts to help us run a successful and profitable business.
Commitment to Learning
To be successful, you have to always be willing to learn new strategies, new technologies and new methods to keep your business relevant and up-to-date with industry trends.
John Vinturella has more than 20 years of experience in the Wholesale Distribution industry. Now, he is sharing his expertise in his book “8 Steps to Starting a Business: How to Quickly Gain the Skills You’ll Need.”
He said to be a successful business owner, you must be Committed to Learning everything you can about the business you want to start and its industry. Vinturella spent some time sharing tips on business success during his appearance at the Dayton Book Expo on April 28, 2018. Here is part of what he had to say.
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