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#BoldBossTribe :: Alison MacDonald of Doris Loves USA

Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Alison MacDonald of Doris Loves USA
Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Alison MacDonald of Doris Loves USA

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

My business creates hand-crafted marquee letters that people rent for events - weddings are our #1 draw, but people love them for Bar Mitzvahs, anniversaries, proms, and really any kind of party. I started based on the advice of another "girl boss," a great friend of mine who owns the original Doris Loves, which is in the UK. She told us what a hit the business was and that there are hardly any light-up letters available for rent in the USA. I decided to go for it, with a big initial investment of money, time and talent. I started by creating letters to order: we knew that LOVE letters would be popular, and our first commission was an engagement - MARRY ME - to be held on a private island on Cape Cod. We were so excited but so nervous to create our letters, string the LED lights, install the battery boxes, paint and finish them to perfection. But the proposal went off perfectly, we got great word of mouth, and our business had legs to keep moving. The bookings were coming in! It went from crafting a few letters to having, in one year, nearly 100 figures to rent with bookings coming in through 2020!

Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Alison MacDonald of Doris Loves USA

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

It would have been easy to sit back on the success of our marquee letters. However the desire to innovate and of course, invest more time and creativity in our business was too strong. We developed a totally fresh and innovative concept for our region, the Temporary Tattoo Station, again available for any event. We designed our own exclusive line of temporary tattoos (which, we have to say, look totally real!) and people can rent our station for the most casual to the most fancy event.

Bold & Pop #BoldBossTribe Feature with Alison MacDonald of Doris Loves USA

Eclectic couples love this option, as do people who want a fresh take on an interactive guest experience - a great alternative to the photobooth. The big risk paid off, as our Tattoo Station travels to events constantly and we are in the process of building a second because it's been such a great success! We learned that the investment was big but we should go with our gut - we know our market and knew this would be a success, even though no one else was doing it.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

I'd say to really make connections with other women in their industry. Through social media networking opportunities, both online and in person, meeting other entrepreneurs who have similar interests and experiences has been critical for my own success. The input of other pros can be worth its weight in gold!

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Sonya Highfield of Real World Creatives

Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Sonya Highfield of Real World Creatives
Bold & Pop : #BoldBossTribe :: #BoldBossTribe Feature with Sonya Highfield of Real World Creatives
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Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I'm an intuitive biz & mindset coach with a focus on wealth mindset. I started this second business after I built up my commercial photography business by word of mouth in Boston, was finally making a good income & landing big clients, and got hit with the urge to help other creatives have an easier time doing what they love and making money. I was running both businesses for 2 years, then went full time with coaching in 2018. I'm honored to speak around the country on money mindset, work with lovely women 1-1 and in group programs, and connect on a daily basis with a great creative & spiritual community of entrepreneurs I host on Facebook. I take a holistic approach to biz, want to help people craft the coziest relationship to money, and generally guide them to creating a life they're proud of.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

It may sound simple but I think listening to my intuition has been one of the boldest choices I ever made. And it's led me to starting a second business at age 26, flying across the country to speak to a room full of professors about mindset, hosting my own events for artists, leading live meditations on the fly, and choosing to talk about money with strangers!

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What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Keep connecting to the good that comes on the other side of your fears- the pride, relief, joy, connections, income, opportunities, sense of accomplishment. Those are the things that will motivate you to keep moving forward, to keep on the path of your calling.

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#BoldBossTribe :: Carla Balzano of Creative Contour by Carla

Bold & Pop :  #BoldBossTribe  Feature with Carla Balzano of Creative Contour by Carla
Bold & Pop :  #BoldBossTribe  Feature with Carla Balzano of Creative Contour by Carla

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I’ve always loved makeup! From a very young age I was playing with my mom's makeup all the way from the 1980's. As I grew up, she would buy me makeup kits from the drug store. Little did she know, she was nurturing a love for a career as a makeup artist.

In middle and high school, you would see me rocking every color eyeshadow known to woman. In high school I learned that you can indeed have a career as a makeup artist and decided that one day I would pursue it!

After college, I became a licensed esthetician and certified makeup artist. For the first 4 years of my career, I worked under another makeup artist. I started as an assistant and worked my way up to senior artist.

In my fifth year, I decided to start Creative Contour by Carla. I LOVE my job! It is so much fun to play with all the different colors of makeup and make every client feel their most beautiful! 2019 is my second year in business and I cannot wait to see what is to come.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

One of my biggest bold boss moments was finishing my first year in business with a profit!

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Bold Boss Tribe?: 

Never give up on your dreams, ever! You never know when they will come true! Also, hard work pays off. I wouldn't have finishing my first year in business with a profit without hard work!

Also, believe it or not: don't be afraid to network! I used to be super super shy. This year I pushed myself to start networking and have met so many wonderful folks! Also, I have met so many makeup artists who have proven to be very helpful and have given me so much advice!

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #BoldBossTribe Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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