Today was a big and busy day for my company. I was able to represent The Next Step at my first vendor's fair for the Board of Ed. I am an official vendor with the Board of Education with a vendor number and everything. This has been a big part of my strategy for my company since I launched in July 2015 and envisioned my College and Career Readiness seminars and training in early 2016.
The event, held at Wagner College, was a great way for me to build out my brand and my reputation. My new table with the banner and flyers looked great. I had ordered 50 copies of my books on college and career readiness when I found out I had the table at the event but they did not come in until I got home from the event (bad timing) but I was able to give out copies of my first book on Entrepreneur-ING for careers or launching a business and it was so fun - they set it up with a game of trivia and whoever got the question right, got a copy of my book. I felt like I was part of a game show bringing the book to all of the winners.
My table was near McGraw-Hill Education, which was nice because I worked at MHE for a few years. I was able to network and meet with some other vendors and of course share my message of college and career readiness (and entrepreneurship training) to some wonderful school officials on Staten Island.
Building a business takes time and patience and I am lucky to be able to focus and balance my home life with my business life - there was a very large possibility that I would have had to cancel today due to some personal situations but with the help of my family, I was able to make it happen! Special thanks to District 31 staff in setting up the whole event and making me feel at home!
How do you balance growing your business with your personal life? Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen