We asked some of the brightest folks in the community to open up to us about the most important lesson their business or career has taught them. We’ve highlighted some of those responses below.

Sarah Gartzman | Pastry Chef & Restaurateur

The most important lesson I’ve learned in the past 10 years of owning Sweetie’s Sandwich Shop and The Biker & The Baker is to live in the present moment. My husband Rob and I have worked side by side along with our growing staff to ensure we provide the most quality foods, service, and a safe and joyful environment to work and dine in and we’ve learned to take one priority at a time. We try our best to find the best solution to each problem that arises to ensure the best possible outcome in the moment. We value the comfort, support, safety and empowerment of each individual we serve and we keep all of this in mind to make the best decisions in the moment and that helps keep us present every day through it all. Read more>>

Julien Jeannot | Pastry Chef and Owner

Be prepared for the unprepared Read more>>

Christi Sullivan | Personal Health, Performance & Spiritual Coach

The most important lesson my business/career has taught me is the value of personal development. If I wanted my business to grow and evolve, I also, needed to grow and evolve. Read more>>

Sade Adeyemi | Entrepreneur, Herbalist & Educator

Founding The Herbal Alchemist Co. has really taught me the value of community, and especially how loved and supported I am by my people. The saying “it takes a village” usually refers to raising children, but my business is my baby, and I know that my growth and success is dependent on the amazing people around me who have offered advice, encouragement, and support. In the past, I was too stubborn to admit when I needed help, and that held me back from reaching a lot of my goals. Now, I’m able to see that by naming when I’m struggling or when I need help, I’m making room for the people who love me the most to meet me where I’m at and fill in the gaps. Read more>>