By Tina Zawila
Over the last few months I have had the privilege of working closely with two new entrepreneurs on their new business ventures, watching the idea grow, develop, and come to life, culminating in the doors opening and the first sale being made. For both entrepreneurs (and for me) it was incredibly exciting to reach the end of one stage of business and to start a new one.
Having been on the journey from the start, I have watched both entrepreneurs overcome many different obstacles and challenges and spend many, many hours researching, learning, planning and re-working their business model until they were ready to launch.
For both of them, their start date was pushed back a few times due to the unexpected. However, coping with those unexpected challenges in the planning stage and overcoming them with persistence and passion will set them up well to cope with the future challenges of being in business.
They have sought and taken professional advice and have done all things possible to successfully launch their business, and now the real fun begins!
As a local community we should admire, support and encourage entrepreneurship. While Gladstone may have been built on the back of big industry, it is small business that keeps our economy rich and vibrant and provides many locals with employment. It is often the small business owner that brings something unique, different and personal.
I heard a quote recently in response to a question – What is a city? Dave Troy said “Some might say a city is a geographical area, a collection of streets and buildings, but I believe a city is the sum of the relationships of the people who live there.”
So let’s nurture our community by supporting each other, and in particular, our local small business owners who are putting their heart and soul into their business to enrich and sustain our city and our economy.
If you need support and advice on your business journey, call our professional team at Sothertons Gladstone on 49721300.