We had the good fortune of connecting with Amber Bailey Klovski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amber, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
“If you risk nothing, you risk everything” – Geena Davis. I believe risk taking is a necessity in life. You have to pursue success; it doesn’t just happen on its own. So many unforeseen opportunities can come from risk taking, and you always gain when you take a risk. Even if the outcome isn’t as you had hoped, you will walk away with internal growth. Risk has brought so much value into my life. When I think back on all my big life moments, risk has always had a starring role. Take chances, make mistakes, find new approaches, it will be worth it!
Please tell us more about your business. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What I love most is having the opportunity to create something that spreads joy. I make custom designed cookies for each of my clients, creating something that was designed and made for them specifically based on who they are and what they love. This provides the opportunity to give personalized gifts, or bring extra personalization to a special event. I spend a lot of time and energy on every set I make, learning about the person or people I am baking and decorating for, researching themes, and designing. This personalization is what sets businesses like mine apart from your run of the mill bakery. You’ve heard the saying “Baked with Love,” it is very true in my line of work.
I’m most proud of the work I entered into the Sugar Show at Cookie Con 2020, the biggest cookie competition and gathering of cookie artist in the world. I pushed myself both creatively and technically, bringing home 3 awards. 1 Frist Place ribbon, and 2 Third Place ribbons. This gave me my first opportunity to work with an artist outside of the cookie world. Turning her work into edible art pushed me to think outside the box and try something that I hadn’t seen done before. Entering the Sugar Show also gave me the opportunity to create a design purely based on my childhood memories.
I got to where I am today by setting achievable goals for myself, continuing to push my design capabilities, trying new recipes and techniques, and perfecting the techniques I regularly use. I surround myself with people who support me, and I do my best to give myself grace. I feel that this is especially important in this era of Covid 19 that we are living in. My goals and achievements look very different than they did a year ago, and that can feel a little unsettling.
One thing I learned when I started my small business was to not compare my journey to anyone else’s. This is a lesson I continue to focus on. Success looks different for everyone, especially in the world of small business. My life experience, skill set, and business goals all make my path distinctly mine.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I absolutely love playing tourist. I’m still new to Colorado and love discovering all that this beautiful state as to offer. I’m also a mom of a 2-year-old, so my itineraries always involve, or cater to, kid friendly activities. The places I would visit in Colorado Springs are Garden of the Gods, Pikes Peak, Seven Falls, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Manitou Springs & The Incline, and tour the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Center. The places I would visit in Denver are Union Station, catch a game at Coors Field, see a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Botanic Gardens, and an afternoon in RINO. I would also spend a day doing Brewery tours in Fort Collins.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The support and encouragement I have received from my family is the number one reason I have been successful in building my small business. They are my investors, my marketers, my repeat clients, and my biggest cheerleaders. I also have to give credit to the incredible cookie community who are my everyday teachers. We are a vast community worldwide, and many of the women and men who make up this community are so willing to share their expertise with others.