Friday, April 16, 2010
We often reflect back on our original business plan when first laying out the business model for Cache' Connections. Back in 2007, it was nothing but a dream on paper... we even recall one marketing expert in Colorado telling me it was nothing but a "pipe dream." For the most part, we have seen most of our plans come about, as far as the website, events, matchmaking, etc. But, it sure has been a lot of twists and turns to get there! Never in our wildest dreams did we know it was going to put us on this crazy roller coaster ride of ups and downs, never knowing how things are going to turn out. Well, once again we see the business taking a turn. Last year we were crazy busy with a lot of events, but for some reason God seemed to slow us down on the tedious work of event planning this year. And by now, we have learned not to push open a closed door, but the "okay, what's next?" is always the challenge. So, along comes mentoring which we talked about yesterday, so I'll just briefly say this service is such a blessing to Linda and me as we get to work on a personal level with clients applying our expertise and showing them that we really care and want to help!
But, again reflecting on the business start-up, it was such an honor this week to serve on an advisory board for Illinois Central College, which is looking into starting an entrepreneurship program. The college selected people from the community who were successful in starting a business. It was so exciting to share our knowledge with the college administrators and professors and afterward. It was definitely an "ah ha moment" - as we were able to reflect how far we had come and how much we had learned. We found that a lot of business owners in the area actually are pretty much behind the times in knowing about the internet and how important it's going to be in the future in establishing and operating a business. I had to hold myself down from disagreeing with another well-respected business man in the room who stated in a matter-of-fact way that you must have a degree at being an entrepreneur to be successful. Linda and I don't do too bad as far as knowing how to run a business and neither one of us have a degree in entrepreneurship. We have found that drive, passion, commitment, persistence and a lot of faith is the winning combination for going after the information and knowledge necessary. Let's just say it's in our DNA:)
Have a great weekend!