Happy National Small Business Week! To celebrate, we’re honoring the nation’s entrepreneurial heroes by sharing their invaluable insights. Follow along as we feature some standout small business owners, like Greg Golden from Mustache Pretzels and Keitha Dendy from Home Made Luxe, who are pursuing their dreams and making an impact in their communities.
The cyclists glide gracefully through the course, navigating the curves like pros. Hair whipping wildly in the wind, they pedal faster as the finish line approaches. Can you picture them finishing the race? Believe it or not, these riders are two years-old!
For little kids, learning how to ride a bike can often be a scary task. For others, it is a skill that comes naturally. So naturally, in fact, that they are able to compete in cycling races at a young age.
To help children, ages 6 months to 12 years old, dress the part of some serious bike riders, Michele Lucas and her husband opened Spindaroos. This online store offers a premium line of performance cycling apparel for children who not only compete, but also bike for fun.
Now, Michele is looking to put her business into the next gear. We caught up with her last week while she was in Dallas for the 2017 American Small Business Championship winner’s training and networking event hosted by SCORE, and sponsored by Sam’s Club, and she shared some incredible takeaways that will help her grow her business.
Q: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us after such a busy week! Can you tell us about your experience being among the other ASBC winners?
A: The trainings in Dallas gave me a strong sense of community and showed me that I am not alone. I loved getting the chance to speak with business owners from all walks of this small business journey. I met so many amazing men and women who shared their stories with me, and I felt like they truly wanted to see Spindaroos succeed. It was overwhelming for me to see so many people anxious to help and share their experiences.
Q: Wow, that’s great. Is there anything that stuck out to you in particular from the conversations with the other small business owners?
A: Most small business owners start alone and I think that at one point or another we all feel like no one understands what we are going through. Sometimes, you might feel that you are the only one enduring these struggles, but the reality is, we all are. We all started from the same place and face the same struggles, no matter the industry.
Q: Sounds like the learning was happening inside and outside the training sessions! In addition to your peers, are there any other key players that are on this journey with you?
A: Yes, there are bigger organizations like Sam’s Club and SCORE who are there to help you. All you have to do is ask!
Q: Lastly, is there any advice that you would give a younger version of yourself?
I think I would tell a younger me to never give up. When you’re struggling through something and feel inferior, don’t give up. If somebody can do it, you can do it too.
Our celebration of National Small Business Week continues! Next up: A small business owner pays it forward through one creative kitchen.