October is recognized as National Women's Small Business Month and we couldn't pass up the opportunity to highlight a few of the women entrepreneurs, inventors, and Makers that are a part of our Grommet family. We're constantly inspired by the business innovations and achievements women are making –from product development, to forming charitable organizations, to building businesses that encourage the next generation of female makers.
We've asked a few of our Makers to share there thoughts on what it's like to be a business owner and what advice they would give someone just starting out on their entrepreneurial journey.
Click each Maker's name to learn more about them and their business.
What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?
"I am fearless, determined, confident, and always thinking out of the box." –Carol Bildahl of Lofti
"I’m persistent, I’m self-motivated and I’m kind. Many people undervalue kindness in their work. I think most of the things I accomplish with Pulleez would never happen if people didn’t know I would treat them well and genuinely appreciate their kindness in return" –Diana Wright of Pulleez
What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
"In order for my business to be stronger, I need to become comfortable with delegating certain tasks. When we started zkano, I was a one-woman show in many ways and handled most of the day-to-day tasks of the business. Because of this, the tendency is for me to feel like I still need to do these things on my own. We’re growing and I know ... I have to let go a bit and focus on other aspects of the business." –Gina Locklear of Zkano