I started a business in special events with my husband in 1991. There were all the trials, challenges, and lessons entrepreneurs face in those 29 years of building. Nothing quite prepares you for the day you have a growing family, three successful small businesses, and the unexpected loss of your husband, business partner, and father of your three children.
When my husband died in a tragic accident in 2013 while on vacation with our 19 and 21-year-old sons and three-month-old daughter, I had some serious decisions to make. I was not sure I could run the businesses by myself while getting through grief, and raising a newborn with two older sons who just lost their dad.
This trauma took me on a journey to find my passion, to realize that life was too short to work it away, and to understand that when people are allowed to bring their head, hearts, and hands to work, they will rise to the challenge.
I bet on myself. I decided that I was going to run these businesses a little differently. I had a major mindset shift and I started putting people before profit.
What happened? In 2018 and 2019, we made our highest profits ever and I had a business that gave me financial resources, time to enjoy life, and fulfilled me.
Through this lifetime of learning strategic and tactical tools to grow a small business successfully, as well as gaining clarity on who I am and how to effectively leverage and empower a team, I believe I know the process for getting small business people off the treadmill.
I am passionate about granting small business owners the permission to live a life that includes their family, their hobbies, the time freedom, and the money that they want and need.
Dawn is remarried to a wonderful man who also happens to be a small business owner. Together, they have a blended brood of six grown children and their seven-year-old daughter that her husband now calls his own through adoption. Add a full staff, extended families, and amazing friends, Dawn has many human beings to love and be grateful for.