These B-Schoolers made their
dream business a reality.
In 2011 I was a newly single mom after a 14-year marriage that strangled my creativity and potential. After the divorce I was determined to make sure my business, myself and my children thrived. I had a studio in my house and was in “business” for 22 years already.
That was 4 years ago when I was trying to survive. Today my business is in the 6 figures with goals of growing to a 7 figure business within the next 4 years.
My customers were mostly local and business was less than steady but I knew what I was doing was needed and I was great at what I did. My customers now are global and have included Apple, Comcast, Commando, PNC, Carat, Magnum Photos, SelectNY, Yahoo!, The Vatican, Chobani, Bash, Benue State Government in Nigeria, many photographers and galleries in the world, architects, high-end real estate investors and more!
I was a team of one, now I have 3 people working for me and have a small team of part-time workers who come in when we get crushed with rush jobs (which is often!). Since B-School I have moved in over 4 tons of new equipment and continue to buy equipment that helps production speed up-even though we do everything by hand. I have a studio manager who takes care of billing, invoicing and all that biz stuff that this creative person would rather watch someone else do.
Our books are beautiful and organized. I have zero debt. I am also putting my son through college on my own. My daughter is applying to colleges this year and I have no concerns about being able to pay for her college.
Professionally I am so much more confident in my work and because of B-School I really stepped it up a notch or two in the high quality of products we create. Overall, business continues to grow and I see so much potential in new products and offerings on a greater scale. I do not think there is anyone else doing the kind of work we do here.