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Posted on 10.25.2012

Women’s Entrepreneur Event - Sharing Start-Up Advice

At the Entrepreneur Center's Women's Coffee Series, I was interviewed by Beth Chase, CEO of C3 Consulting. Women entrepreneurs and those considering starting a business asked some interesting questions during and after the session. Below are my favorites, along with my answers.

Q. The vast majority of start-ups fail in the first five years. As the founder and president of Lovell Communications, when did you feel like you could relax and know your business was going to make it?

A. This is our 25th anniversary, and sometimes I still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. But at the end of our fifth year, I was so happy to be "over the hump" that I had stood on my desk and had my photo taken. I knew the odds, and it was time to celebrate.

Q. How would you describe your leadership style?

A. Evolving. It's important to lead by example, but I think it's really critical for leaders to constantly learn and evolve, because the nature and the needs of the workforce change. Frankly, in my youth I was probably too impatient and fiery. I think I have finally figured out a way to back off a little without "losing my edge."

Q. What's your greatest fear?

A. Losing my edge.

Q. What are you most proud of as it relates to the business you started?

A. Many times people have used one word to describe the talent we have at Lovell Communications, and I am most proud of that word. The word is, "smart." I love that brand.

We had a good time at the meeting sponsored by the Entrepreneur Center; the meetings are monthly and open to anyone. For a schedule of speakers call the EC or review their website. They have some cool stuff over there.

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