Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked owners about their small-business mentors, and what was the best piece of advice they got from them. This is what they said.
▪ “Marie Forleo has a phrase ‘It's all figureoutable,’” said Kelly Phillips, CEO of Boost Interactive Media, a website design and digital marketing firm for small and medium-sized businesses. “When I get frustrated or discouraged in my business, I say this to myself and dive back in. She's right. I always figure things out in the end.”
▪ “Raymond Gleason, my former coach with Building Champions,” said Joel Graybeal, managing partner of Triangle Rock Club, which has three indoor climbing and fitness facilities in North Carolina. “‘Make daily improvements in your business.’ When you aggregate a lot of small steps over time, you cover a lot of ground. When you stop improving you start losing. Never stop striving to get better.”
▪ “Back when I started my first business, we were just a bunch of ‘girls’ mentoring each other and doing the best we could to break into the good ole’ boy network,” said Sheila Ogle, CEO The Matthews House in Cary and Cary Innovation Center. “But we all did pretty good. When you look back at what a lot of us have accomplished in the past 40 or so years. We are now trying to mentor those that are coming behind us to be sure they get the support that would have made life a lot easier for us.”