Tonight was the Women in Business and Slavic Village Entrepreneurs Social event, held at Seven Roses Deli on Fleet Ave. I left much more inspired than I expected to! I was completely floored earlier this month, when an email appeared in my inbox congratulating me on winning one of ten scholarships for a Women’s Business Center membership. What a great opportunity for networking and learning from fellow business owners!
I loved hearing from the Saucisson ladies about the energy and excitement of creating their business and growing step by step. As Penny (so awesomely) said, “Slavic Village is gonna be the San Fransisco of Cleveland.”
My favorite part of the night was meeting Deborah Armstrong, entrepreneur and founder of Hand-n-Hand LLC. Deborah was the keynote speaker of tonight’s event, and shared the story of her journey into the business of providing blankets for preterm babies in NICU wards in hospitals. Her passion and dreams shone brightly in that little polish deli, as we gathered around tables with potato pancakes and beer.
What a great presentation about real life- humorous and painful and hopeful- Deborah had us all laughing, but also wove a beautiful picture of sorrow and joy and invention. She told us of her inspiration to solve one of the challenges she found while visiting her son in the NICU. She now has created a blanket that can swaddle a baby in less than 20 seconds, and maintain it’s internal body temperature. She saw a need and figured out a way to meet it head on. “As a woman, your business… will be induced from your passion or your pain.”
As she shared about the value of being in the right place at the right time, and the power of doing your own market research, as the owner/founder of a company, I noticed myself leaning forward in my seat.
This was what I needed to be reminded of! My passion is to create. My joy is giving something to others that was not fully discovered until I unearthed the concept (or built the website, or hand-drew the logo, or painted the picture…)
So, I’m thankful for the time I was able to spend listening and learning along with some of Slavic’s best business people tonight! Here’s to our little corner of the world, may our neighborhood thrive and blossom, just as our own businesses do! I can’t wait to get together with the Women’s Business Center members next month, and I’m so inspired to learn and keep growing as an entrepreneur.