Name of Company? Holistic Chamber of Commerce Temecula-Murrieta
What is your website address? www.HolisticChamberTM.com
Give a brief description of what the company is and does:
The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is a member-based consortium of holistic businesses, practitioners, healthcare professionals and wellness experts who offer integrative services and products compatible with mind-body-spirit living. Operating as a typical chamber of commerce, membership is exclusive to businesses in a broad variety of holistic wellness industries.
The Holistic Chamber’s mission is to foster and advance the holistic healing practices of mind-body-spirit living that bring about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformations toward a healthful life.
Our members are highly trained individuals specializing in the natural health/wellness practices and who are committed to sharing, teaching and helping each one of us to live a more balanced and happier lifestyle. We are health care professionals, fitness trainers, nutritionists, spiritual teachers, counselors, stress-reduction therapist, educators, beauty consultants and many other experts in holistic living practices. Our businesses are rapidly increasing due to the widely accepted alternatives to better living, which more and more people are experiencing every day.
How long have you been in business? The Holistic Chamber of Commerce began operations on February 1, 2011.
What made you want to become a part of Create To Launch Conferences?
My professional background is economic development so speaking about business creation is a familiar topic.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of being a business owner? As a business owner, my ideas and goals are unfettered. I have no limitations on creativity. Ultimately, I am the decision maker, and I must “own” my decisions whether they succeed or not.
Another truly fulfilling aspect of my business is that I’m in a service industry designed to help others succeed.
How important is a support system for you to succeed? A support system is the foundation for success. Very few highly successful people would claim they did it on their own. Most would credit a parent, family member, spouse, friend, teacher, boss or mentor who supported them against all odds.
What do you wish you would have known five years ago/or before you started your business? I wish I would have started the business five years ago.
What has been the most challenging part of being a business owner? The delicate balance between commitment to the business and commitment to self/family. Both sides of life need equal nurturing, respect and thoughtfulness if they are to flourish.
What would you tell someone who wants to move to the next level in their business? Carefully weigh the rewards with the challenges. Be sure that you consider all the responsibilities and facets of “ramping up”: cash flow, production, professional development, time management, project management, expenses, profits, and personal commitment. Plan for success, but plan for sudden unexpected shifts too. Also, if you want to move to the next level, treat your business like a business, not like a part-time hobby.
What personal changes have you had to make as a business owner?
Contrary to what some people think, owning your own business is more demanding of your personal time, not more accommodating. My personal schedule is dictated by my clients and those who I enjoy working with. I can’t “come and go” during the day as I please; I have a commitment to valued clients and members to be available and responsive, often times during off-business hours.
What advice do you have for attendees? What you can believe, you can achieve. Don’t let it happen, make it happen. Discover what you can become, not what you’ve already been.
What can one expect from you at CTLC? Motivation, inspiration and good ol’ common sense.
Tell us something others don’t know about you? I was homeless at 15 years old for nearly a year. During that time and into young adulthood I lived under my own care and self-supporting finances, without adult supervision. I was responsible for finding a job, getting myself to work, managing my daily affairs, managing my safety and wellness, and making my own decisions.
Thank you Diane for sharing so much of yourself with CTLC and others. We can’t wait to hear the rest of your story.
Next week, we will feature Eydie Stumpf, our resident social media guru. She’s originally from New York, so you’ll love to hear her accent when delivering her no nonsense approach to doing business online. We look forward to hearing from you Eydie!!