Some people know early on that they would like to own and run a business, while others unexpectedly find themselves in the position of business owner through unplanned twists and turns. As our “Re-Invigorating Work” series evolves, we begin discussions with entrepreneurs who share how they are both inspired and challenged in their role as entrepreneurs. This week’s guest always aspired to own a business and saw his dream come true, in his hometown at a business he once worked at while in high school.
Austin Schultz began working for Plumb Gold as a part time sales associate in 2001 while he was attending the Prairie School in Racine, WI. He purchased Plumb Gold in 2015.
He attended college at Miami University of Ohio. There he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design. Austin specializes in custom design and loves to work with colored gems.
For more information about Austin and Plumb Gold, go to http://plumbgoldjewelry.com/.
Starting a business from just an idea can be both a daunting task and also an overwhelming opportunity. With a blank sheet and just the spark of entrepreneurship, anything is possible. When that idea leads to a successful business with employees, a growing list of clients and a series of awards, it is worthy of admiration! What does it take to build a business driven by creativity and communications and loyal clients? This week we speak with an entrepreneur at the center of this business to find out what is at the core of its growth and success.
Jennifer Dooley is the owner and founder of Dooley & Associates, a creative marketing agency based in Downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin. Dooley started the firm from a small one room home office in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Dooley & Associates specializes in tailoring marketing plans, web design, search engine optimization, social media marketing, video production, branding, print media, advertising and public relations for clients ranging from businesses to municipalities to nonprofit organizations.
Dooley & Associates has ten employees plus contractors and has won national and local awards. Jen was recognized as the Kenosha Susan B. Anthony Woman to Watch Under 40, the firm was recognized by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance in 2013 as one of the five fastest growing firms in Kenosha County, and it has been named the Best of Kenosha First Place Winner for the past three years. Jennifer Dooley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, the Secretary of Downtown Kenosha Inc. Board, President of the Rotary Club of Kenosha West, a UW-Parkside Foundation Board Member, a Gateway Technical College Advisory Board Member and she serves on many special event committees throughout the year.
For more on Jennifer and Dooley & Associates, go to http://dooleyandassociates.com/.
Running a business takes creativity and innovation, but it is an especially daunting challenge when the industry you are in has giant competitors with significantly louder voices. What does it take to create a unique identity in this type of business environment? This week we speak with a brave entrepreneur who has taken on the dynamics of the competitive nutrition, wellness and pharmaceutical industries to learn the secrets to her success.
Sunday Muniz and her husband Jody own Nutritional Designs & Pharmacy, a resource for wellness in Racine, WI. They are both board certified nutritionists, award-winning pharmacists, and busy parents to three active children. A key goal of the business is to empower people in ways that can positively impact the lives of families, the community and beyond. By establishing their own independent pharmacy, they wanted a completely different business format from the large chains to provide a more personal approach to health. Operating as family owned and locally operated has allowed the freedom to help customers with whole health needs through direct personal attention and authentic advice. They are able to share their personal philosophies for wellness solutions by which they themselves live. Sunday and Jody show their dedication to families’ wellbeing through a series of free cooking demonstrations, health programs and a newsletter that addresses current and useful information.
You can learn more about the business Sunday and the business she owns with husband, Jody, at www.nutritionaldesigns.com.