1. How did you come up with your business idea?
I came up with my business idea while I was working at a pharmacy chain. I got frustrated with how service was working at the store, and one night my husband suggested I open my own store. At first I wasn't sure, but I did some research and worked on it.
2. What were you doing before this, and is this your first business?
Before opening Melrose Pharmacy I was working at a pharmacy chain. This is my first business.
3. What have you done that has been very effective in helping to grow the business?
I had business coaching from 3 different entities, which has been very useful. Business coaching really helped me know and understand what I needed to do. I’ve also worked with SBDC, and I was in an AAAME program. I’m always trying to educate myself and continually trying to learn more about businesses and owning a business. I also attend conferences frequently to stay up to date on the latest information.
4. Are there specific advantages, disadvantages to being a women business owner?
I don’t think so. Getting money in general was difficult, but I don’t know if that had anything to do with me being a woman. I think many businesses struggle with that. It’s just a matter of being confident in yourself and your business.
5. What advice can you share with other #Girlbosses in training?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help. Don’t be afraid to do it [start your business]. You can do it! Women are amazing. We can do anything.
6. What are you reading? What’s currently on your nightstand?
I haven’t finished the third 50 Shades of Grey (laughs).
I am currently working on a book about work-life balance. It's called The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship by David Whyte.
7. What do you like to do for fun?
I love to swing dance and garden.