We had the good fortune of connecting with Chloe Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chloe, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Starting C. Reece Consulting was easy. I knew I had a passion for leading and mentoring young individuals and when I combined that with my knowledge from pageantry, I knew I could tap into that market. I have worked with many incredible coaches and consultants throughout my life, so taking knowledge I had gained throughout many important milestones helped me formulate my program. I had a ton of support locally and throughout our great state of Colorado right from the start. Although I couldn’t have done any of this without the people who love me the most. They saw my potential and gave me that extra push. I give a lot of credit to my dad, Paul Brown who allowed me to renovate an office space in a historic downtown building in Grand Junction, CO in which he owned. I also am very thankful for my now husband, Chad Smikahl for doing all the re-model work inside and of course to all my first year clients who believed in me to help them achieve one of their goals. I think this story goes to show, if you have the right people in your corner, you can achieve anything.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
C. Reece Consulting helps individuals find their unique brand through the power of self belief. It is very powerful to watch someone become who they truly want to be. In many cases by the end of this program, the client is a completely different person. They project confidence, they have a voice, can share their opinions and they know exactly what they want to do and why. C. Reece Consulting is different than other programs because it is tailored to each individual, it is not a one size fits all, or a cookie cutter mold that was created and used over and over again because it worked for predecessors. I am very excited to coach new clients this year, but also to continue to work with previous clients again. This company is where it is at today because of the long hours I’ve put in to make it work. When I started it, I was working full time in the medical field and after work, I’d focus on creating C. Reece Consulting. Of course it wasn’t easy but it wasn’t that hard either. I say this because I was fueled by passion and I wanted to see where I could take it. One lesson I learned was to continue to check my website and double check my work. About a year ago, I found that there was a glitch with my question box on my contact page. Although it said it was connected to my email, I never received messages. I had missed many inquires. I was ashamed, embarrassed and scared that I let myself down, that my reputation was shot and that I wasn’t going to grow due to this mistake. I reached out to each person who had sent a messaged to apologize for the delayed response and tried to explain what had happened. We live and learn, and when you are running a company all by yourself, you do learn a lot. Lesson learned, understand and check yourself and the technology you use.
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?
How fun! My best friend from college is actually visiting me for the first time next month. Fort Collins is a very fun and unique town. I would start by grabbing coffee and breakfast at Bindle Coffee, their breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls are to die for! We would walk around and shop at HeyDay and grab some fresh flowers on the way out. After I would take her to do a yoga or pilates class at Act Fusion. Grab a snack at Rush Bowls or lunch at D.C. Oakes Brewery and Eatery. One night I would take her to Taste and Savor Wine Bar, another night we would go to Social down town. While downtown, we would explore the great local shops and fun places to eat! I would also love to take her up to the mountains to go snow shoeing, she’s a California gal so snow will be new for her!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family, Paul, Kobi Jake and Ben Brown, who have all been by my side from the start of pageantry and this business. My loving and very patient husband Chad Smikahl who helps me with anything business related and of course much more.
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