We had the good fortune of connecting with Ellie Davis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ellie, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I’m typically a very risk-adverse person. It is not innate to my personality to take big risks. When it comes to business, however, I have a totally different personality that comes out. I see no limits and no bounds to where my business can go and all the work it will take to get there. For me, the word of the year as it relates to risk is “PIVOT”. Instead of backing away and running from difficult times in your business, I suggest my clients lean into the fear and the risk of pushing forward and just pivot their way of thinking and doing business. Haphazardly taking blind risks with no thought doesn’t have a place in a successful business. However, looking at a risk worth taking, combined with an executable plan and concrete goals in place, is A-Okay in my book.
What should our readers know about your business?
As most entrepreneurs and small business owners, it has not been a straight road to get to where I am today in my business. As a type-A person, I did not start out in the creative space, but rather on the business side. My career changed over time until I started an e-commerce business in retail a few years back. During that experience, I was able to tap into my creative side a bit more and “learned on the job” the current skills that I’m using now to help other small business owners. Having done so I get the real-life/real business impacts and come at it from the business owner approach versus agency approach. I am a marketing & social media consultant with a little tech thrown in. I like to think of myself as an extension of your team and your go-to virtual assistant. I cover a wide variety of tasks in the marketing & e-commerce arena. I provide services in the areas of Social Media Management, Website Builds & Maintenance, Content Creation, Graphics, Video Editing and Marketing Project/Campaigns. I approach my clients’ businesses not just from a technical standpoint but truly from an owner’s view & approach. The goal at Say Yes Business Solutions is to save you time, help make your brand stand out & empower you with new skills and knowledge.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Often, the initial pull is go into downtown Denver and show off the city, but I like to show my friends around the gems that are hidden in the northside of town. I love to take friends to Tangerine in downtown Lafayette or hit up one of Snooze’s locations for a little brunch . The food is always on point and great way to start the day and fuel up for adventures ahead. Next stop is usually some hiking/walking along the many trails either in Erie or at Chautauqua in Boulder. Some of my favorite lunch places are Woody’s Wood Fired Pizza in Golden, Rio Grande rooftop in Boulder or The Post for some yummy fried chicken & waffles. For a nice happy hour drink like to visit the back lawn at The Old Mine in Erie or outside at The Acreage in Lafayette with epic views. Both great options for amazing cider and excellent service. And to end the day I’d sit up on the rooftop at Eat at Birdhouse in Erie and enjoy some amazing French onion ramen – delish! Other spots I try to hit during visitors’ trips are of course Red Rocks and Pikes Peak or head up a little further north to Lyons & Estes.
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?
The entire reason my business exists is because of the support and encouragement of the small business community. While owning a business in e-commerce and retail I was cheered on by an amazing community of other small business owners who truly knew the day to day struggles, the emotional roller coaster and isolation that come sometimes come from owning your own business. When I decided to pivot my business and instead become a resource to other small businesses the support was overwhelming. Business, as its always been said, is about relationships. The authentic connections and interactions you have today will have a lasting impact on your tomorrows. Not only has it been financially rewarding to have grown my small business community, but it has been another “family” and support system in my life. The Erie & Boulder small business community is like no other…so thank you!
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