In Support of Small Business

I am on a mission to always find a way to support a small business! The journey that each entrepreneur embarks on is unique and offers a new perspective on what it actually means to be an entrepreneur. In honor of Small Business Saturday, I have asked these entrepreneurs three questions in regards to small business!


Alex Mazzurco

Founder & Fitness coach of ALMAZZURCOFIT

Empowering women with food & fitness. 🙋🏻‍♀️ Eat more, lose weight, and build muscle. 💪🏼 Ditching diets for donuts. 

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What does small business / entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Entrepreneurship means you get to. You get to turn your passion into a paycheck, you get to work at all hours and late nights to grow something that is yours and you get to grow something that will impact others through a job, an experience or a product. You get to, you don't have to.

Two.

What do you think is one characteristic that sets entrepreneurs apart? 

Persistence and courage, I know that is two but for me they go hand in hand. Everyone is scared of the unknown but entrepreneurs have the courage to do it anyways and they have the persistence to keep pushing even after they hear no, and we hear no a lot! 

Three.

How do you support your fellow small business owners? 


Content creation and cultivating community are the key values of my brand. I love connecting with people in and outside of my industry because I know there is enough work to go around and one person can't do it all. I think playing to your strengths and outsourcing or connecting your fellow entrepreneurs to projects everyone can win. Outside of outsourcing and connecting, coffee! Connecting over coffee (or matcha) to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly and knowing you're not alone is often the most supportive thing you can do. 


 

Sharon Hughes

Founder & Photographer of Sharon Hughes Photography

Visual content for print + web.

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What does small business / entrepreneurship mean to you? 

The word entrepreneurship, to me, means thinking outside the box and being willing to take risks. My husband and I have run our own business (t and s photo) as our primary income for the last 8 years and we constantly have to think about ways to maintain business, cultivate relationships with our clients and continue to grow. Each year is different and we have to come to the table with new ideas and visions for how we want to run things. This always involves taking risks. In the past it's meant going from part-time to full time, changing our price point to reach our financial goals, or getting connected with publications that we are inspired by. Sometimes it means owning up to mistakes and acknowledging what we can do better. This year we went through a major move from Chicago to Cleveland so while my husband was wrapping up wedding photo work in Chicago, I decided to step into my own photo business that is primarily editorial/branding and product photography. It was scary to step away from what I knew but I'm so glad I did. The risk was worth meeting so many wonderful people in Cleveland and doing different types of work that I really love. 

Two.

What do you think is one characteristic that sets entrepreneurs apart? 


I always think that entrepreneurs have a different approach to how their time is spent. It doesn't necessarily mean they work less but I think when you step into your own thing you can arrange your time in a way that makes sense for you. For example, I am a mom of two incredible young boys, age 1 and 3. I want to go to the park with them, field their day-to-day questions, nourish their bodies with healthy food etc. That all takes time. It's been tempting for me to fill my schedule or try to rush this early parenting season but I am always trying to find a good balance of doing what I love, supporting our family financially, and being a mom that is present. Entrepreneurship has allowed me to navigate those things and I am grateful for that. 


Three.

How do you support your fellow small business owners? 

When I find a company I love, I try to support them with my voice, my wallet, or my gifts. If I can say a good word for a small business, I will do that whether that's in personal conversation or through social media. Even if money is tight, we can't underestimate how much words can uplift and promote small business owners. If I can shop local and buy less in order to support more, I most certainly try to do that. Finally, if my photography work can help a business I love, I try to start that conversation. A lot of what we all do is a mix of so many fields of work. When we allow others to use their gifts to help, and offer ours, small business becomes quite affective. 


 

jordan stevens

founder of Girls Invest

Finances For Your Modern Girl: A community based in Cleveland Ohio making finances simple for your modern girl.

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What does small business / entrepreneur mean to you? 

A small business entrepreneur is someone that has a true passion that they need to give to the world. Being an entrepreneur means being/doing whatever it takes to make your passion into a business. 

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What do you think is one characteristic that’s sets entrepreneurs apart?

One characteristic that sets entrepreneurs apart is Grit. Being able to persevere even when you don’t see the result you want yet or when you don’t feel like you want to is what sets us apart. 

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How do you support your fellow small business owners?

I love to support small business owners in any way that I can. I understand the hard work that it takes to put a dream into reality so even as I build my own business I try to support other small business with any of my needs, there are so many amazing small businesses to pull from, so anyway I can support I do 


 

lindy hale

Founder & Storyteller of a Linderella Story

Real conversations with the human behind the brand
& a little of my story, too 

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What does small business / entrepreneurship mean to you? 

To me, entrepreneurship means having the creative flexibility to share my skills, abilities, and talents with the world. A Linderella Story started as a mere dream—it would be a platform of inspiration where people could land when they needed a burst of motivation and encouragement when pursuing their own endeavors. But, since beginning my journey in March 2018, A Linderella Story has evolved in ways that I could have never imagined it would. To me, that’s entrepreneurship in a nutshell. When you are your own boss, you can unapologetically say yes to the twists and turns, leaps, and bounds that life throws at you because nobody is standing in your way but yourself. 

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What do you think is one characteristic that sets entrepreneurs apart? 

One characteristic that sets entrepreneurs apart is drive. When you are an entrepreneur, ideas, projects, and events don’t just land on your desk; you have to dream them up, seek them out, and build them up on your own. You have to be incredibly self-driven and willing to put in the time and effort to make even your wildest fantasies into realities. If you lack the drive, the need, the craving, to move forward in your endeavors, entrepreneurship is not for you.

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How do you support your fellow small business owners?

I support fellow small business owners by sharing their stories on my website. I crave human connection and love nothing more than to be able to share my conversations with the human behind the brand—the human that built their business into what it is today. Furthermore, I love to support fellow small business owners by going to events they are putting on and, in turn, hosting events that they want to take part in. In small business ownership, there is no room to compete with one another. We need to build a community of support for one another because that is the only way we will all survive.


 

Question of the Session

How do you support small businesses?