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A Courageous Spirit Leads an Entrepreneur

I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I’m not afraid of falling into my inkpot.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Julia Rabago is the executive  director of Crescenta Valley  Chamber of Commerce.
Julia Rabago is the executive
director of Crescenta Valley
Chamber of Commerce.

Have you ever thought about starting your own business? When starting a business it can be exciting but it is also very difficult and challenging. However, owning your own business has numerous advantages such as setting your own schedule, doing what you love, and being your own boss! So I guess the real question is: Are you an entrepreneur? Becoming an entrepreneur requires creativity, thorough planning, and hard work. Here are a few things to consider if you have the characteristics that are commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs.

Are you comfortable with taking risks? Being your own boss means making tough decisions. It involves uncertainty. If you are one that doesn’t take risks entrepreneurship is not for you. If you enjoy calculated risks, than read on. Persuasive. You may have the greatest idea in the world, but if you cannot persuade customers, employees and potential investors, you may find entrepreneurship to be difficult. If you enjoy public speaking, engage new people with ease and find you make compelling arguments grounded in facts, it’s likely you will make your idea succeed. Able to negotiate. As your own boss, you will need to negotiate everything from leases to contract terms. Well-rehearsed negotiation skills will take you far, helping you save money and keeping your business up and running. Support System. Before starting your own business, it is important to have a strong support system. In the beginning of opening your business, you will be forced to make tough decisions. So to have that network of people to help you is in the best interest of your new found business. Still think you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and start a new business? Great!

Merle Norman Montrose is a local business, independently owned and operated. Kris Kline and Kim Kelly have been chamber members for over six years. They are located at 2341 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose. Stop in some time to learn about their advanced skin care and cosmetic products. Their staff is carefully trained and dedicated to helping you select the products that are right for you. They offer a chance to “try before you buy” in a calm, unpressured atmosphere – and free Merle Norman makeovers! Get personalized beauty tips, fabulous gift ideas and much more. For more information, call (818) 249-1743.

The Hometown Country Fair is coming to town, April 6! Do you have something to promote or sell?  We welcome vendors, profit and non-profit. Have a hot rod or collectible car? Display it at the car show. Need service hours?  We are looking for volunteers to help during the fair. Our fair is the ultimate family-friendly event. Don’t miss out on the fun, rides, game booths, performances, and food! Free admission, so bring the entire family and friends! Please call for information about how you can be involved with the upcoming fair. We hope you mark your calendars for April 6 and join this community-wide event.

Important CV Chamber dates: March 13 – Business mixer at Bob Smith Toyota; March 17 – Day at the Races; April 6 – Hometown Country Fair.

Please contact our office for more details on any event. How to reach us: (818) 248-4957/ crescentachamber@aol.com / www.LaCrescenta.org / 3131 Foothill Blvd., Ste. D.