Last night, someone asked me if I owned a business. For the first time ever, I was able to say, “Actually, I do.”
That’s right ladies and gentleman, I, Miranda Crace, am a business owner.
Just Do It
For years, I’ve been toying with the idea of opening an event planning business. I’ve talked about it, sort of planned it, helped out with friends weddings and baby showers, I even interned with an amazing local event planning company. One day I finally realized, there’s never a “good time” to do it. Starting a business is always a leap of faith. It’s always scary – but it’s also exciting.
As I began to tell friends and family about this business I was starting, many had questions for me, good questions. They wanted to make sure I had really thought this through, taken all the time and resources a business requires into consideration. Even with all of their questions, there was always excitement. I tell ya, I have some of the most encouraging people surrounding me. People who speak life into me. When you’re starting a business, that’s a huge blessing.
I have a photographer friend, (Northern Native, hey girl!!), who has been down this road herself. She knows the pain points of starting a business but she also knew it was time for me to stop talking about it, and do it. She was so encouraging and kept asking me when she can start referring me to clients.
Spoke’s First Event
I was having coffee with another friend of mine, Krystal from Branded by Detroit, about a month ago. As luck would have it, they own loft space in the city and were in the middle of working on an event that would take place there, a reunion for local graduates and inductees to the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
Now that I had my business, she asked if I’d want to help her out with styling the event. A chance to work with my friend on an event for other small business owners? Obviously, I said yes.
Last night, the event finally happened. Spoke’s first event.
When I arrived at the loft, Sal (Krystal’s husband) was hanging lights, I started arranging flowers, then styling the room. I’d done this before, setting out high top tables, draping them, placing the arrangements, styling the photo backdrop, and adding touches of greenery to the bar and the food tables. This was not new, but this was the first time I wasn’t doing it for someone else’s company. I wasn’t doing it for a friend. Spoke Events was setting up.
Guests started to arrive and I mingled for a little while, then grabbed a water and sat at one of the tables for a few minutes. Two women walked over to the table and asked if they could join. I said, “Absolutely,” and motioned for them to join me. We chatted for a few minutes then one of the women asked me, “So, do you have a business?” I smiled brightly and replied, “Actually, I do. It’s called Spoke Events. I helped set up the event tonight.”