We’re highlighting great local businesses as part of Springfield Small Business Week.
The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the efactory assists dozens of great small business through trainings and business consulting. Read on for our Q&A with Rosette Studios co-owner and SBDC client Bridget Koonce.
Meet Rosette Studios
About Rosette Studios
Rosette Studios is a Springfield-based business that offers customers a unique art experience. This includes local artists’ products for purchase, monthly gallery shows, and in-store products.
Bridget and her husband both have extensive backgrounds in art and exploration that have given them their business foundation. Bridget’s goal is “to make artwork in peoples’ lives a standard instead of the exception.”
What’s your number one piece of advice for people considering going into business for or by themselves?
Reach out to all your resources. As a business owner, you can be pulled in a million different directions and it is hard to know which way to go.
Reach out to the people around you, the Small Business Development Center, networking groups, and others to get feedback on your ideas. If you are only selling to friends and family, the idea may not be ready to turn into a full-time job.
What was one hurdle you’ve faced in business ownership and how did you overcome it?
Wanting to be everything to every customer. We are continuing to refine what we do, staying true to our mission with help and input from others.
What are the best and also the hardest parts about being a business owner?
The best: Doing what you love to do. I am excited and proud to work on my own projects and make things happen the way I want.
The hardest: Commitment over time. Once the newness of having a business wears off, it is long hours and thankless tasks ahead. Staying motivated and engaged is key to continued success.
What’s the best part about being a small business owner in Springfield, MO?
“Springfield has a ton of resources if you are willing to put time into them. Networking groups, business help, entrepreneur groups, and more.
There are also some big businesses that are amazing to work with. Some of the resources include: The Small Business Development Center, 1 Million Cups, MOB Networking group, and friends/family that tell the truth.”
Ready to grow?
If you’re ready to grow your business, the team at the Small Business Development Center is ready to help.
The SBDC at Missouri State University can assist business owners at any stage, from initial business planning to succession planning or sale.
Springfield Small Business Week
Springfield Small Business Week is part of the National Small Business Week, which is designed to recognize small business owners and entrepreneurs in Springfield, MO.
More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create almost two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
The efactory is proud to serve small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs through office space, coworking memberships, ongoing trainings, and business consultation in cooperation with the Small Business Development Center and Management Development Institute.