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Gift Box + Small Biz Planner + Canvas Print Giveaway

Congratulations Ashley R. on wining the Gift Box +Small Biz Planner + Canvas Print!

To end a wonderful Influential Gal launch week (seriously though, I am amazed by all the support you have shown!), we are giving away a beautiful gift box from With Grace and Gold that include the cutest little champagne candle, handmade notebooks and beautiful pens. Writefully Simple is giving away, the perfect small business planner. If you are starting a blog or business this product is a must! Primavera Studio is giving away this handmade “Trust” canvas print. The blue is absolutely beautiful! This is the last giveaway of the week so be sure to look back through and enter into all 4 giveaways while they are still live!

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I want to introduce you to the first brand, With Grace and Gold (p.s. they will be on the IG podcast in the coming weeks!).

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1.Tell us a little bit about your blog/business and how you got started?

With Grace and Gold is a branding boutique dedicated to creating purposeful and authentic branding for small businesses. The idea for our business is rooted in our faith and friendship – and our shared goal of serving women in business. One half of our team is an experienced small business owner, while the other is an experienced blogger. Combined, our skills and experience prepared us for our journey as a small business and have allowed us to be set apart in our industry.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

We enjoy having an opportunity to serve women in business – to provide encouragement, to make an impact in their work and everyday living, and to learn a lot along the way! Through our business, we have an opportunity to connect with women and businesses all over the world. We enjoy sharing our hearts and sharing what has helped us to grow and be successful in our business.

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

Our advice for entrepreneurs and small business owners is to get started now! Often times, we can feel overwhelmed or worried about what to do next, but we promise that everything will fall into place once you get started. For us, the result has always been better than we planned or imagined – all because we stepped out and got started.

Lindsay from Writefully Simple is the second brand I want to introduce you to.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

Writefully Simple got started completely as a fluke.  I have always enjoyed creating something out of nothing, so when a girlfriend of mine was talking about how she wanted to save money on her wedding I offered to design her stationery.  Once I began I completely fell in love with it – everything from the fonts, colors, design and paper.  The next thing I knew I was dreaming of everything that I could offer other couples and found myself in a constant daydream.  My husband, who is extremely supportive, signed me up for a PhotoShop class and encouraged me to pursue and create a heartfelt business.  So after designing stationery for friends & family, I started to get inquiries from people I did not know and it just took off.  One of the best things is when I am able to design wedding stationery for a couple and they come back to me for baby announcements and then birthday party invitations for their children.  Other than wedding and event stationery I also design personal stationery (notepads, planners, etc) I also design marketing materials and advertisements and recently started to offer the whole branding package from logos, marketing materials to website design.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Designing something beautiful, unique and meaningful for each couple for their wedding or for their special events, or to help create the unique identity of a business.  I have always loved keeping hand-written notes, journals, address books…anything that shows the true beauty of paper and stationery.  The different textures and colors of paper, the endless array of fonts and captivating colors – each design tells a story and I love being the one to bring that story to life.  Plus a huge bonus for me is that every day, every job is so different from the last – I never know what to expect and love to get to create something completely out of the box my and comfort zone!

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

One of the most important things I have done is network – locally and online.  I have found an amazing local network of wedding professionals who meet once a month.  I have met so many amazing people, gained new friend and it’s something I look forward to each month.  And I have found an online community of such amazing, talented and supportive woman.  Even if we never meet I feel as though I know some of them, and enjoy working with them, bouncing ideas of one another and helping each other out when we have questions.  It’s awesome to know that you have people that know what you are going through, especially on those really difficult days, that can throw words of inspiration or just be there for you.  Networking should be something much more than selling yourself; it should be about building relationships!

Last but not least, Erin from Primavera Studio is the the third brand.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

Primavera Studio is a design business that aims to encourage and equip creative women in their pursuit of passions and business through branding services and a shop full of helpful (and pretty) tools for the every day. I especially have a heart for other mamas who run their own businesses because motherhood is hard work and doing business on top of that can feel like pure insanity. Creating helpful resources to simplify and inspire that process is really where my heart is. I got started in design through blogging, actually, customizing templates for myself and friends. It grew into something I really loved doing beyond the blogosphere, and so when I had the chance to do design full time, I took it. Being able to walk alongside other women in their business dreams by creating custom brands and helpful resources is really the greatest job on earth for me and I’m so thankful I get to pursue that full time.
 
2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I enjoy seeing women, especially mothers, spurred on to pursue their biggest dreams and passions. When I get to be a part of the process of turning those into a reality, I feel so fulfilled. When I see the end result of a branding project or send off items from my shop, it makes my heart beat a little bit faster.
 
3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?
It can be such a struggle at the beginning of starting a business to get things going and see the fruit of all the hard work you’ve put into it. Remember that if you are going after what you’re passionate about, and you strongly believe in the work that you are doing, it will bear fruit and others will want to be a part of that. Never be discouraged by how much you sell or don’t sell, or how many people you get to work with. It’s a process that takes a lot of patience and endurance. Do the best that you can with what you have and let that be enough. 

Thank you to With Grace and Gold, Writefully Simple and Primavera Studio for their generous giveaways! 

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Rocksbox + #Likeaboss Stationary + Lipstick Print Giveaway

Congratulations Shanda C. on wining the Rockbox + #Likeaboss Stationary + Lipstick Print Giveaway!

The next giveaway is from the glamorous company Rocksbox, the beautiful custom stationary company Little Sprout Design and the ever so chic Little Black Blog! Rocksbox is giving away a free month’s subscription of jewels. You get three pieces of jewelry mailed directly to your house that are worth on average $200. Little Sprout Design is giving away a pack of #Likeaboss stationary and Little Black Blog is giving away this glam lipstick print. This giveaway won’t last long so be sure to enter!

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1.Tell us a little bit about your blog/business and how you got started?

Little Sprout Design was founded in my little college room my second to last semester! I always knew I wasn’t cut out to be in the corporate world and wanted to build my own foundation and business. I truly wanted to make something out of what I felt God chose for me. While most girls my age planned their degrees around their corporate futures, I began the process of starting a business. Little Sprout is a design firm that specializes in Wedding Stationery, Blog & Web Design, and creative styling. I have a passion for all of these things and love having a creative outlet as a career!

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

While I love working with young ladies who are engaged and seeing their smiles when I pass over their stationery or entrepreneurs themselves who are looking to build their brand, I strive to give back to women who are setting their lives apart from the “expectation” of our generation. I want to help people go after their calling that God chose for them! Helping people has always been a huge passion and whether it’s just simple advice on a brand, wedding stationery, or launching a blog- I love the feeling of watching someone else excited over my work!

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

The best advice I have ever heard for running a business is to always do it for a purpose and not for perfection. I heard this is a Lara Casey video and it just hit me! At the time I was trying to hard to be perfect for my clients and the passion fell between the cracks. Since I heard this awhile back I haven’t had another day like it! I love what I do and knowing their is other women out there too living their passion is just the best!

 

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1.Tell us a little bit about your blog/business and how you got started?

My blog is the Little Black Blog, personal style blog sharing affordable, dashing and classic ways to keep you sparkling no matter the occasion. I started it about four years ago while I was in college, but really started dedicating more time to improving it over the past year. Along with that, I also started an Etsy shop where I sell graphic design prints. One of the first reasons I started my blog was to mix my love of fashion with graphic design. I’m excited to have finally opened a little Etsy shop to really share my design skills, too.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love the networking and connections that comes with blogging and having an Etsy shop. The Chicago and Midwest blogging community are filled with other amazing woman who are inviting, inspiriting and great ladies to be around! I’ve made some great friend just in the past year through doing both.
3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?
My advice is to do it because you love it not because you want to get some where. Many times I see bloggers who just want to become “popular” or make money, but don’t realize you have to be so much more invested. It’s important to remember why you started your blog or business – probably because you love doing it. You’ll be surprised all the amazing things your blog or business can turn in to with genuine love and effort.
Thank you Rocksbox, Little Sprout Design and Little Black Blog for your generous giveaways!

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Girl Boss Notepad + Graphic Tee + Monogram Necklace Giveaway

Congratulations Racquelle R. on wining the Girl Boss Notepad + Graphic Tee + Monogram necklace!

Boy, are you lucky? These products just keep rolling in for me to giveaway! This second giveaway is a great mix of products including this girl boss notepad, inspirational tee and of course a monogram necklace! Read more about the brands behind these products below. Also, don’t forget to enter this giveaway from yesterday.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

I started Papered Hearts in late 2014 and it was a dream that happened overnight. I have never had any intentions of opening a business or even pursuing something creative. I come from a family who pushed us all to succeed academically and so I went off to university to study biochemistry. When I graduated it was a real struggle for me because I had no idea where I wanted to be or who I wanted to be. I was really scared (and I still am sometimes) of throwing myself into something so different from where I thought I would be, but ever since it became something that I can’t stop dreaming about and that brings me so much joy and happiness I knew I was heading in the right direction. I can attribute all of Papered Hearts to the wonderful girl bosses whose lives I got to take a peak into on social media. It was their passion and joy that lit a spark in my heart and helped me take the leap. There has always been a stationery addict and a stylist inside me, partnering that up with my type-A personality and Papered Hearts fell into place.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
Papered Hearts is very young and so I still enjoy all of the aspects of running a business – even the book keeping. In the life cycle of a product though I’d say there are three high points that don’t quite compare with anything else. When you are finally holding that finished product in your hand, after you’ve dreamt about it and stayed up all night working on the fine details is a fantastic moment because you finally have some tangible proof of what you have been working on. Launch day is always exciting as it is so challenging to keep something you love so much from others and it is always fantastic to see peoples responses and finally, seeing people use your product. I have designed all of my products to try and bring some enjoyment into your work day so seeing people use them for that very reason makes the whole process worth it.
3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?
The hardest thing for me was doing it all alone. I had a lot of supportive people around me pushing me to follow my dreams but no-one that understood what I was going through or the struggles I would face. My research in a day has changed dramatically since I went to university because now I follow blog posts and watch webinars instead of hardcore research. There are such fantastic communities online and so many people out there that are going through what you and I are going through now that are all willing to share what they have learned. My three favorite resources are Elle & Company, B is for Bonnie Design and the lovely ladies behind With Grace and Gold.
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1. Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

Tulip is a specialty boutique that offers unique fashion options and encourages individual style. It’s for the gal who desires one-of-a kind, she wants to be recognized as on trend and stylish. Our locally owned boutique is located on the iconic Country Club Plaza. Tulip doors opened in 2008. Relocation to Kansas City in 2007, created a need to close and merge my then existing business.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

Tulip allows me the opportunity to be creative on a daily basis. It may be merchandising the boutique floor, working on a custom item, or pulling fashions for a style show. In addition, I spend a good part of my time on the sales floor working with our customers. It is a total joy for our Tulip customer to leave us excited with their purchase, and happy that we made their day.

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

It is an all in commitment. There are not short cuts, and not necessarily a balanced life all the time. I work six days every week, and sometimes seven. Be prepared for the unexpected, and roll with it. Realize that sometimes you think what is going to be the path of your business pivots as you go. Patience is key, as success always takes longer to create than we first imagine. I remind myself every day that it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

Leigh & Marie is a sister team that sells handmade necklaces and bracelets that incorporate your “brag abouts” via numbered charms. Our business was started with the idea of creating classic jewelry that was made to mix and match at an affordable price.  Leigh & Marie’s collections are made up of items that we can see ourselves wearing daily, with accessories that range from simple to statement pieces.  Each accessory includes a charm that lets you carry around a Bible verse or “brag about.”  Whether you’re tackling the boardroom or acing tests, carrying around “Philippians 4:13” {one of our charms} is always a good reminder of what you’re capable of. Style has always been something we’ve enjoyed. Creating a jewelry line that is uplifting, effortlessly added to any ensemble, and something we can do as sisters is accomplishing exactly what we wanted.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

We love working together. Something about sitting down with a table full of beads is relaxing – when you pair that with hanging out with your sister, it is unbeatable!

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

My advice is this: If you have a business idea that you know you’ll be passionate about working towards, why not do it? If the start-up is branding yourself and your skills or has a reasonable start-up cost, in comparison to your budget, do it – but don’t rush the process. Sometimes your initial plan gets the ball rolling, but the best creative ideas come when there isn’t pressure to find an answer {that’s how our Arm Party Collection was inspired, and it’s one of our favorites}! For anyone who is already established, there is nothing better than “spit balling” with other like minded entrepreneurs over coffee. Bringing together perspectives that are running parallel with differing skill-sets  offers the added benefit of continued learning during a chit chat session.

Thank you to Papered Hearts, Tulip and Leigh and Marie for their generous giveaway!

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Woodbury Lane Giveaway

Congratulations Megan G. on wining the Woodbury Lane blanket scarf and earrings!

In celebration of the launch of Influential Gal, I am doing a week’s worth of giveaways! The first giveaway is a beautiful blanket scarf and earrings from Woodbury Lane. The giveaway is only open for a few days so hurry and enter!

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I want to introduce you to the founder of Woodbury Lane, Katelyn Kosinski. I met her at a blog conference where she told me about her shop that she was launching. She ended up launching Woodbury Lane earlier this month and I have to say that I am completely obsessed with every single piece in the shop. Below is a Q&A with Katelyn on how she launched her dream career.

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1.Tell us a little bit about your business and how you got started?

After graduating college, my plan was to take over my dad’s insurance business. About six months prior to graduation, I had the realization that I could run a business from my home, in a field that I was more passionate about and had a better opportunity for growth. That business was an online boutique and about a year after I had that realization, Woodbury Lane was officially born. Woodbury Lane is a shop that is different from most online boutiques for a few reasons. We are not one of those stores that purchases the most inexpensive items that we find to gain a huge profit margin. Cheap wholesale items usually means cheap quality and we don’t believe in that. Woodbury Lane is also not a boutique that is solely focused on brand name items. We fall somewhere in between, at a point where we can still bring you great quality items, while also at a reasonable price point. 99% of our items are under $100. Woodbury Lane believes in style over trends and quality over quantity.

2. What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I enjoy the creative side of my job the most by far. What I mean by this is doing things like organizing and executing the photo shoots, designing and laying out my website, and curating new seasonal collections. With that being said, you should also know that this is the smallest part of what I do. Most days my primary focuses are on budgets, sales, inventory management, and marketing.

3. What is your advice for other entrepreneurs and small business owners?

I’ve only been operating an open business for a few short weeks but I suppose I would say that we small business owners need to stay cool, calm, and collected. Our jobs are high pressure especially if we have employees working for us. It’s easy to get stressed or have high anxiety, but remaining calm even when sales are low or your dealing with an unhappy customer will have a direct impact on your future success

Thank you so much Katelyn for your generous giveaway!

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