The Glossary Panel at Five Palms Studio Detroit
Back in August my studio Five Palms Detroit hosted a panel with The Glossary - an online platform for women entrepreneurs and creatives to connect run by Mandy Lancia. What a special experience it was! We had a panel discussion around my favorite topic - creative entrepreneurship.
The panelists included:
Lisa Waud of Pot + Box - so much more than a florist, Lisa owns a beautiful flower and plant shop in the historic Fisher Building in Detroit as well as a mobile flower truck and was the creator of the amazing Flower House Detroit installation in 2014.
Eileen Lee of Aura Aura and Grey Area. Eileen runs the art gallery space and vintage shop in Southwest Detroit across the street from Clark Park. She is also a traveling aura photographer - a powerful method of connecting to yourself and your creative spirit through colors captured in a special photograph.
Meghan Navoy (me) owner of Rosemarine Textiles - textile artist and biz lady extraordinaire ;)
We hosted over 20 people at the studio and it was so great hearing and answering all of their questions as well as discussing our personal experiences in our businesses.
One of my biggest takeaways from the panel is that business is personal. We are all real people working everyday and struggling and celebrating our ups and downs. We are doing our best to make sure our work is the best it can be and that we are doing the work in a way that fosters community, positivity, ethical business practices and sustainability. When you support a small business it really matters and it makes a difference in the community and sends the message of voting with your dollars.
Running a business solo can be such an isolating experience and coming together with a group of like-minded people who care about building ethical and community driven businesses was so special and validating. I loved hearing the story of everyone’s journey of how they built their business to where it is today and the struggles and challenges they worked to overcome that you don’t always get to hear on social media or many business panels.