Entrepreneur Spotlight

My Review of Chateau 4 Paws

Chateau 4 Paws is a dog salon that is owned by Janelle Russell-Jones. From my first interaction with Janelle for my dog's grooming appointment, it was evident that she really loves what she does! She was actually featured in the July 2014 issue of Who's Who's Women in Business. Mello (my K9) was eagerly greeted and he instantly took to her. During the consultation, she reviewed our preferences to ensure complete satisfaction. Mello was promptly walked to the back and we were promised a call when he was ready. A few hours later that call came and we arrived to pick up our freshly bathed and excited four-legged family member. Mello's calmness (hence the name) was praised by the staff and they answered our questions for future care. To top it all off, the price was very competitive for what we had been paying at other groomers. I highly recommend that you take your pet to Chateau 4 Paws - you will not be disappointed!

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Lee Vermont

Name: Lee Vermont

Company Name: Dee And Lee Photography and photobycereal2k

Company Description: Dee and Lee Photography LLC - Event Photography, Baby Showers, Couples, Children, Travel photography, weddings, wedding receptions, music showcases.

Photo by cereal2k - Automotive photography, Automotive event coverage, track day coverage, track events coverage.

 

Why did you decide to start your own business?

Started out as a hobby and decided to account for equipment costs, travel costs and for non-booked events and eventually providing photos for sale.

When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

When we wanted more disposable income and trying to achieve that by doing what interests us.

What are some of the successes that you've experienced as an entrepreneur?

Hosting and booking automotive cruises with enthusiasts, doing auto event coverage for a few major enthusiast car shows for photobycereal2k. For Dee and Lee photography, providing services to coworkers and friends.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Booking new clients.

What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?

Build a client base. Advertise on social media.

If you could start all over again, what would you do different?

Refreshed web presence for Dee and Lee Photography. Have a website to refer people to with pricing. And a better logo.

How can customers and other entrepreneurs learn more about your business and get in touch with you? 

Dee and Lee photography - facebook. http://www.facebook.com/deeandleephotography
Photobycereal2k - facebook http://www.facbook.com/photobycereal2k http://photobycreal2k.smugmug.com

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Samuel Gisyer

Name: Samuel Gisyer

Company Name: Gisyer Benefits Solutions

Company Description: We consult our clients on financial wellness and health benefits programs.

 

Why did you decide to start your own business?

I saw the need in the marketplace to help middle income families and small businesses.

When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

At the tender age of 12.

What are some of the successes that you've experienced as an entrepreneur?

One of my greatest success has been working on the City of Atlanta open enrollment case.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The main challenge I've had has been creating a marketplace for my products and services.

What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?

My advice would be to always believe in yourself.

If you could start all over again, what would you do different?

I would sit down and map out exactly what I wanted my business to look like.

How can customers and other entrepreneurs learn more about your business and get in touch with you?

We can be reached on Facebook @gisyerbenefits.

Entrepreneur Spotlight: D. Keith Simmons

Name: D. Keith Simmons 

Company Name: D. Keith Simmons, DDS; PC

Company Description: Cosmetic and Family Dental Practice

 

Why did you decide to start your own business?

I had an opportunity to buy into the practice that was started by my childhood dentist. My original partners were great mentors; I couldn't have asked for a better way to start my career.

When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

2000

What are some of the successes that you've experienced as an entrepreneur?

I was able to join a great group practice and buy out my partners to become sole proprietor. In 2015, I made my last payment for the purchase of the practice and now have no more debt associated with the purchase of the business.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

The recession was quite a shock to all business owners, so having been able to navigate through the difficult economic times has been interesting.

What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?

Create a business plan, do all of the research that you can on the industry, and be well capitalized. Surround yourself with a good team i.e. Legal, accountants etc.

If you could start all over again, what would you do different?

Have more cash on hand prior to starting my business venture.

How can customers and other entrepreneurs learn more about your business and get in touch with you? 

Facebook and website: Smiles by K. Simmons DDS. Twitter @dksdental

Entrepreneur Spotlight: Lamont Moore

Name: Lamont Moore

Company Name: Much Moore Mobile Detailing

Company Description: Automobile cleaning and detailing - affordable and mobile

 

Why did you decide to start your own business?

I wanted to be my own boss and control my income.

When did you know that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?

After my first job, I had so many of my own ideas and couldn't share them. Also I didn't like to give my all and best only to be compensated for what someone else thinks I'm worth.

What are some of the successes that you've experienced as an entrepreneur?

Making the money I want and deserve while being able to take real vacations.

What challenges have you had to overcome?

Finding reliable employees.

What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?

Stay focused, seek and pray to God in the name of Jesus, and He will lead and guide you to the right people and situations.

If you could start all over again, what would you do different?

I would make sure my credit was up to par.

How can customers and other entrepreneurs learn more about your business and get in touch with you? 

Facebook-Lamont's MobileDetailing Moore, Instagram-Lamont_detailing757, (757)435-3757