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02/17/2017 at 15:59. Facebook
When entrepreneur Linda Derschang has an idea for a new bar or restaurant, her first step is bringing her vision to a tangible place: “When I’m thinking up a business, I often have a blurry idea of what the interior looks like in my head. But years ago, I found it really challenging to explain it to people. So, I started making mood boards in Word, where I was almost able to create the room.”...
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02/14/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Linda Derschang opened her first business at a time when female entrepreneurs were few and far between: "It was hard, because I often felt like I was running up against a boys’ club. As more and more women have opened businesses, it’s been fantastic to have all of them around, because sometimes we have a different set of issues around our lives as business owners.” Learn about Linda's...
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02/13/2017 at 17:18. Facebook
Once restaurateur Linda Derschang started down her own path, she never looked back. Today, she owns several successful bars and restaurants, and continues to bring new concepts to life. Learn more about the #FirstDrafts that got her started, and her secrets to becoming an industry pioneer.
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02/09/2017. Facebook
We all have great ideas. The only thing that differentiates those who dream about their passions and the ones who live them is the courage and determination to take the first step. So, what will you do with your next 365? #FirstDrafts
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02/09/2017. Facebook
When Luis Rodriguez set his sights on opening his café, The Station, those around him eagerly pitched in to help: “My wife was 110% behind me. I remember being here with her until one or two in the morning, painting the place and stuff. And we’ve been working together, side-by-side, for two years. I’ve been very blessed to be surrounded by awesome people. We all help each other.” See more...
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02/07/2017. Facebook
Business owner Luis Rodriguez is always tuned in to his customers’ needs: “If they tell you, 'you should have scones,' and more than five people tell you that, you should have scones. And if you don’t listen to your customers, then you don’t care about your business, because they are the ones who are buying your product.” See more about Luis’ approach to running his neighborhood coffee shop,...
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02/06/2017. Facebook
Starting a new business? Listen. Luis Rodriguez, Owner of The Station, believes paying attention always pays off. See more advice from Luis on business ownership, and learn about the #FirstDrafts that helped his coffee shop become a neighborhood staple:
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02/01/2017. Facebook
Kailin Gregga of Best Practice Architecture explains the importance of open-mindedness in the beginning stages of a project: “We often look to our fabricators, vendors and contractors to help us. We say, 'This is the idea. How can you help us make it better?' Generally, they offer a piece of the picture we may have missed—some way to make the project bigger, better, bolder, or cheaper." See...
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01/31/2017. Facebook
Architect Kailin Gregga believes creating a connected community contributes to success: "A lot of our project successes really benefit from working with people we’ve worked with before. We develop a shorthand, we understand how they work, they understand how we work. We love the people we work with, and we love to see them be successful, just the same as we want to be successful.” See more...
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01/30/2017. Facebook
Architects Ian Butcher and Kailin Gregga take advantage of their unique backgrounds and perspectives when approaching new projects. See more advice from Ian, Kailin and others on helping your #FirstDrafts reach their full potential:
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01/24/2017. Facebook
When starting a business, taking the proper first steps toward financial planning is crucial: “We couldn't have gotten this place if we didn’t have concrete numbers. We have this huge spreadsheet where we planned out years of business.” – Aaron DelGuzzo, Owner and Co-Founder of retail shop, Likelihood. See more on #FirstDrafts from Aaron and others: [ Msft.social Link ]
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01/23/2017. Facebook
Aaron DelGuzzo's first step toward designing his sneaker boutique was teaming up with a friend to create a rendering: "I pulled hundreds of images from different stores—displays, lighting, furniture, seating—then, I started working with a friend of mine who’s an architect to create this rendering. That landed me a lot of the accounts. It started the whole thing.” See more about the...
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01/20/2017. Facebook
According to Aaron DelGuzzo, Co-Founder of sneaker boutique, Likelihood, the unexpected nature of business ownership isn’t easy, but a solution will always present itself. See more on Aaron’s approach to #FirstDrafts: [ Po.st Link ]
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01/16/2017. Facebook
After Jody Hall and her bakery, Cupcake Royale, were featured in the local paper, demand increased exponentially overnight. “My friend said, ‘You need to frost faster.' That evening, a woman named Lilly walked through the door. She grabbed the spatula, did a little swirl and a pat pat . . . it took like 6 seconds instead of 2 minutes. I think that cupcake symbolizes asking for help, bringing...
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01/13/2017. Facebook
Mellicia Marx explains how she landed on the idea that would define her future as a Personal Stylist: “I tried to think of what I could offer that they couldn’t get somewhere else. I came pretty quickly back to these photos I had been doing for my husband for years. I'd put together outfits and we'd take photos of them. He would use the photos each morning to figure out what to wear. People...
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01/13/2017. Facebook
"Being a pioneer and having a seat at the table to help change and shape culture—that’s really really exciting to me. We do stand up for things that are risky, like even selling the gay cupcake five years ago, before any corporation was putting their neck out on that.” - Jody Hall, Founder and CEO of Cupcake Royale. See more of Jody’s secrets to success, along with other motivating stories...
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01/12/2017. Facebook
Jody Hall, Founder and CEO of Cupcake Royale, describes the moment an ordinary spatula and a little bit of teamwork helped her small bakery rise to the top. See more about Jody’s experience getting started, along with the stories of others who are bringing their #FirstDrafts into action: [ Po.st Link ]
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01/11/2017. Facebook
“Sometimes, I feel like people can be super self-conscious about changing their paths. But it turns out to be this amazing strength that, over the years, makes you so much more interesting. And I don’t know what makes us feel like when we get out of college, we need to know what our path is going to be, when a lot of the jobs that exist now didn’t even exist when you were in college five years...
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01/09/2017. Facebook
Diving into an unfamiliar career path can be scary, but the results can be rewarding. Fashion expert Mellicia Marx talks about the first step she took toward becoming a Personal Stylist. See more words of encouragement on achieving your #FirstDrafts: [ Po.st Link ]
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01/04/2017. Facebook
One of the most important things to me on a day-to-day basis is having a notebook. I write every day. That’s how I help process ideas and develop things. It’s just the most organic way to figure out what’s going on in my head and to get that down. I encounter a blank page every single day, so when they appear in my working life, it’s easier for me to deal with them." - Phil Harvey, Writer,...
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