August 2011

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work up the ladder Business Sense Ever dreamed of branching out on your own? Three local business owners share their insights about what it takes to launch a company As you grow, hire wisely: "Running a business takes patience. Your employees are your most important asset but also the greatest expense. I suggest looking at partner- ships, contracting for specific projects, and other ways to get the work done while you are looking for the ideal long-term employee who can meet your needs perfectly." Sharon Chamberlain President and founder of Chamberlain Research Consultants, Inc. 34 BRAVA Magazine August 2011 Venture into a business you love: "Being an entrepreneur is a 24/7/365 adventure. If you don't have passion for it, it will be difficult to weather the inevitable storms. In many ways, be- ing a business owner is like a marriage or raising a child: You're making a long-term commitment and you have to nurture it through every step of its growth. The risks are great, but the rewards are great as well." Laura DeVries Co-owner of Cupcakes-A-Go-Go Always prepare for a bumpy ride: "I think anyone interested in owning a business must possess the ability to persevere in the face of adversity. There will be several highs and lows, and embracing change is key. I always try to learn from my mistakes and keep a balance between being a business owner, mother, spouse and friend, while watching out for my own health as well!" Julie Lombardo Owner and founder of Capitol Physical Therapy

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