So, let’s start with you are you from this local area?
I am. I was born and raised in Blackwater, and now I live in Pongo.
Being an event planner in Virginia Beach is a saturated marketplace. Why did you choose this line of business?
I chose to get into event planning and coordinating because, growing up, we always hosted parties and events for family and friends. For the last 6 years I’ve done everyone else’s birthdays, weddings, showers, etc. I am very crafty and creative. As a mom I wanted to take my career in a path of doing something from home to be able to be with my children and still being able to help people. I love seeing it unfold and all coming together.
When did it start? What Year?
I officially started in August of 2019. It’s brand new but I have been doing family and friends for years. Starting a business is a tough thing to do! I just kept reaching out to people and just kept going. I was asked by one of my good friends and neighbor, last year when she was planning her wedding, to be her planner and coordinator, and that’s when my heart started to lead me into starting my own business so I could also be a stay-at-home mom.
What inspired you to keep going as you were getting it off the ground?
I already had something started so I was already motivated to make it work and continue with it. I keep reaching out to family and friends and just keep going. Starting out you try not to go over budget but keep it perfect at the same time and putting it all back into my business.
When would you really say your business went from a concept to an actual functional
In September of this year after I did my first wedding. I had got my photography done for it and made sure I took care of everything business wise. And being local, I know a lot of local people out here, so it made it easier to reach out to others.
Looking back, what was the most difficult challenge(s) you had to face? What is one thing you would have done differently?
Probably the hardest thing for me was putting myself out there and being scared to not to succeed. I am the type of person that always learns from everything, and I can’t go back and change it, so I wouldn’t change anything because it is what made my business the business that it is. I learn from my mistakes.
What do you enjoy the most about the Virginia Beach communities your business takes care of?
Everyone is very helpful, always willing to help in the process. My community is all very connected and helpful and they want to be just as involved in everything, and they trust me to help them. They become like family.
If a potential customer had to pick from 3 different event planners in Virginia Beach providing the same services you provide, what would make your company really stand out, and make them choose Teal Rose Co. as their event planner Virginia Beach company over the others?
I am very good at listening and putting together what people have in their head, putting it all together and giving them what they are looking for.
Has internet technology played a big part in your growth and making your company more
I think it’s played a good part in it. Also, word of mouth and putting myself out there as far as marketing material such as flyers, business cards, posting every day on social media. But I would say it definitely helped.
Do you feel that internet technology could play a bigger role in your business if you had the
Yes, I am sure it could.
What is the toughest thing about being in business in 2019?
Probably making myself stand out and getting myself out there along with the other people in the same industry. I like trying to help people to achieve their dream for their special occasion by making things as affordable as possible
for them to be able to achieve that.
Where do you see your business event planning in Virginia Beach in the next 3-5 years and why?
I hope to see it grow to where I actually have a team instead of just myself and my one assistant and to where we are reaching further out and expanding, even possibly out of the Virginia Beach area.
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