We’ve started a new video series with I Am a Mom & Pop where we focus more on the “heart” of stories. We originally started BB to get stories from entrepreneurs on how they started and what they’ve learned but now we are sharing the true struggles of what it’s like running a business and how it can affect your everyday life too. There are so many small and family businesses that have so much knowledge to share and we wanted to share our stories first to kick off the new series.
I have had so many emails this past year where people have asked where we’ve been, what direction we’re headed with BB, Mom & Pop etc. I haven’t fully gone into detail with everyone I’ve spoken with only because I wasn’t even fully sure what was next for us with everything. For the first time we know what we need to do and where to go from here so the best way we can do that is to first share our story.
I’m excited for this new chapter of where we are sharing small business stories of struggle, triumph, heartache, tragedy, success and faith from people across the country. What we’ve been through this past year changed our perspective in life and business. Some might say we’ve changed but we haven’t changed, we just see things a little clearer than we use to.
New stories are coming to iamamomandpop.com in Jaunuary 2014. Send your stories to iamamomandpop(at)gmail.com
Learn more about our mission with Rachel’s Ring too.
A few months ago when the whole thing happened with Obama talking about how small businesses “didn’t build that,” fiasco, I started scanning Twitter and business owners fired back across the boards. I was taken back with how many people were letting him know what they thought about his comment. I was taken back in a good way…
Business owners have been put in the backseat with just about everything in this society. As I’ve gotten older and really seen the other side of what it takes to run a business, I see how so many out there work hard but never have a voice . We only see the flashy things in front of us as in the big companies like Apple, Google, Wal-Mart etc. Most large companies have great compelling stories of how they started but they are told over and over. It’s almost like a new song that gets overplayed on the radio, you finally get to the point where you tune it out over time because you’re tired of hearing it. There are so many stories out there whether they’re in small towns, a startup trying to make a name for themselves or someone who is dropping out of the corporate to pursue their dreams.
I was speaking with someone the other day about our mission with IAmAMomandPop.com and they said to me, “I started my first business when I was 15 and I’ve heard stories all of my life but if you didn’t bring these to light, nobody would ever know about them.” It’s so very true. Even though we launched this project just a few months ago, we have a long way to go and oh so many stories to share with you from people across the country.
Have a story you want to share? Send it to iamamomandpop(at)gmail.com
We Are Family…
It’s become very apparent to me that many are fascinated at the fact that I work with my family and we actually get along. Ha! I’ll be the first to tell you that it’s not always easy but I truly do love it despite the small spats we have occasionally.
We have really put a lot of the show focus on talking about family business topics that are not always discussed (actually hardly anyone talks about this stuff!). We are taking questions from everyone who wants to start a business with family members and being very transparent about what to expect when you take that leap. We’re blessed to have such a great family dynamic that carries over to our businesses as well. Not all have that but sometimes in business that’s where you truly bond or sometimes even stop speaking to each other.
Nobody seems to talk about these topics or at least be honest about what to expect so we are not holding back with any of it. We also are seeking out other businesses in different industries that are family-owned and can offer advice from their own experiences to share with our audience. We’re excited to really dive into these topics and bring them to the table for everyone. Please don’t hesitate to ask us anything on this topic and of course anything having to do with running a small business.
Taking a Stand For Small Businesses
If you saw the post from the other day about our new added launch called IAmAMomandPop.com, here’s the video that goes with it and the reason behind it all. Do you agree?