“Oooooo….you should talk to him, he’s got connections.”
This used to mean that person could get me into the bar. Now it means something totally different.
Once I’d rolled around the bag idea enough I told Josh. Sitting in his office I came out with it, “I have an idea. For a business.”
Josh looked at me from across his desk, “Really?”
“Yes, it doesn’t have anything to do with ePrize or marketing though.”
“OK, let’s hear it.” He leaned forward and waited. After hearing me out he replied, “That’s great! In fact, I think I know someone who has the equitment to make something like that. I’ll send out an email introduction.”
I walked back to my desk a bit stunned. That’s all it took? I tell my idea to one person and I meet someone who can create the bag?
I shouldn’t have been so surprised. Entrepreneurs are drawn to one another.
Jonathan & Lauren Sanchez open Blue Bicycle Books
Since putting myself in the entrepreneur catagory it seems I’m surrounded by them. The first people we knew in Charleston were entrepreneurs. Our friends Jonathan and Lauren Sanchez own Blue Bicycle Books downtown.
Bob Farina in Et Cetera
Jonathan is a writer and runs the store. Lauren is an interior designer and has her own firm, L_Design. She also makes beautiful fabric purses.
Our favorite restaurant, et cetera, is owned by Bob Farina who spent the majority of his career at Bloomingdale’s. Now he runs a gourmet food shoppe which has received rave reviews for its evening tapas selections.
Angel Roberts leads Daniel Island Hip Hop
I take my excercise classes from Angel Roberts, a second generation entrepreneur. While she used to live in LA and work as the stylist on “That 70′s Show” she now has her own interior decorating company while also teaching hip hop for children and adults. Her mother started the largest dance competition in the country.
Recently, I’ve met Katie Johnston, a jewelry designer whose pieces are worn on the Lifetime hit “Army Wives” and Amy Pastre and Courtney Rowso of the award-winning design company Stitch. Even the founder of Twitpic, Noah Everertt, lives in my neighborhood.
When Josh made that connection for me, he wasn’t looking to gain anything from it. He just wanted to connect two people who he thought could help one another. As I make my way in the entrepreneur world I hope I can do the same thing.