I just returned from a trip to Chicago, my former home. I was back to attend the International Housewares Show and check out the most recent kitchen and housewares for my shop.
I've exhibited at a number of trade shows, including NYNOW and Atlanta International Gift and love the energy at a good show. Believe it or not, many booths are staffed by the founders/owners of the exhibiting company and there's a real excitement in being around people who love their business and want to show it off to the world.
If you're feeling in a slump with your business, it's time to see who's in your hive. If you're not surrounding yourself with other dynamic, exciting entrepreneurs, you're doing yourself and your business a disservice. Surround yourself with people that are excited about what they do, take action and reach for the stars. It's easy to pick up on other people's energy and let it affect your own mood. You need to either choose not to let it affect you or surround yourself with those that will have a more positive effect. It's an easy way to get back on track to have an inspiring business.
Sarah E. Holmes is a Philadelphia business attorney and strategist that helps start ups and established businesses looking to expand, protect their assets and increase their profits in an approachable, down-to-earth way.