Our Entrepreneurship Center clients are doing great things – read about their entrepreneurial journeys and get inspired!
At Brainstream Creative, we help our clients prove their value through the art and science of filmmaking. I’ve been in the creative communications industry for 20 years, and I established Brainstream as a result of growing demand by people for my freelance video production services. The common theme among our clients, regardless of organizational size or type, is that leadership and staff recognize that the success of their clients is in their best interest and they work hard (and innovate) to achieve that goal. Businesses that will benefit the most out of working with us have already invested in developing their branding and online marketing presence and are looking to optimize their existing efforts.
What drives you to be a business owner?
The challenge of entrepreneurship is what draws me to it and I also believe that I can have more of an impact in favor of my clients than if I was their employee. As an entrepreneur I have flexibility to ensure the success of a client’s project, that you don’t always have in a traditional 9-5 job. Finally, stepping into entrepreneurship has been a tremendous growth experience: I’m a better human being because of it and I’m looking forward to the life long journey this path is taking me on.
How has the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC helped with your business goals?
I discovered the Entrepreneurship Center in its early days: Kristin was very welcoming and helpful while I was investigating the first steps of forming a business. Starting a business is stressful and the staff really works hard to make sure entrepreneurs at all stages have the education, training, and resources they need to take those steps. The “Bootcamp” series around the creative industries are a regional hidden gem for networking, and information that is often limited or elusive in an academic environment.
If you could offer one piece of advice for fellow entrepreneurs or prospective entrepreneurs, what would it be?
Be sure you’re ready before you start (financially, understanding your product/service and its place in the market, and being willing to fail) but most importantly make sure you start… so many stars fizzle out before the universe ever witnesses their light and that’s sad.
“Until people know your product or service exists and has value for them, there may be little or no demand. Be ready to put yourself out there in front of people!”
Kate Jackman and Jennifer Wooley, Fresh Coast Photography
“It’s great to have a passion you want to share, but businesses are 80-90% all the ‘other stuff’ and only 10-20% the fun stuff…Be aware of that and make sure you are willing to do all the hard work that gets your passion in the hands of those that will appreciate it.”
“Don’t ever settle. It is possible to create a career and business that fulfills all of your goals, be they professional, artistic, economic or community impact related.”
Mary Lou Stropoli
“Creativity is not only a great way to spend our time, it’s also a fantastic way to keep minds active and elastic.”
“Your character will develop right along with your business. You will start to learn new fascinating things about yourself as you dedicate your time to your dreams.”
“When you have a business, the most important thing is filling a need that you’re passionate about. Because passion drives determination and having determination to do something right will lead you towards success.”
“What drives me to become a business owner is the ability it gives me to serve my local community.”