I’m very excited about this latest installment of the Exceptional Entrepreneur Series!
I met Donna Grossman when I purchased one of her handmade products. I was honored to contribute a guest blog post to her own product blog, and I felt that, as a creative entrepreneur, she was the perfect type of person to tell us about her journey to freedom and self-employment. Feel free to leave comments below to welcome her and ask her questions you may have about her various business endeavors.
Hi my name is Donna, and I am an entrepreneur. For 20+ years, I was an Executive Assistant to powerful men. Honestly, I really don’t know how I lasted that long. I think that the everyday chaos kept me going. I love solving the unsolvable and saving the day. Businessmen tend to rely heavily on that.
I think what finally burned me out was the constant taking credit for my ideas. They would be patted on the back and receive bonuses, and I would get a lunch. LAME. I was also tired of being a girl friday – so sexist! One Friday, I came to the realization that I would be giving my notice and starting a new life. A new life with no paycheck or benefits – I couldn’t wait!
My first business was That Girl Knitz, which I still have to this day and has grown by leaps and bounds. I have customers worldwide. Last year, it literally exploded when “What Does the Fox Say?” came out. I make a Fox hoodie, and my knitting needles were flying!
My second business was and is Rockabettie Bands (you can check out the Rockabettie Bands Facebook). In this business, I create products for the strong, edgy woman. I make headbands for lady bikers and pinups. I love these two types of women- they speak to me. I love the fact that they own who they are and don’t look for your approval. They give me strength.
My third and newest business is Rockabettie Boutique, which I will be opening in October 2014 on the square in my town. It will have edgy clothes for women and girls. It will also be my work studio, as I have literally overtaken my home!
Being that I am a woman and have 4 daughters, I strongly believe in the building and encouraging of women. This world is rough on us. We really need to stand together!
Thanks to Donna Grossman for sharing her entrepreneurial journey with us– a journey I can certainly relate to as a previous employee who was disillusioned with traditional employment. It’s exciting to hear about her preparations for her new boutique store. We wish her ALL the best. Make sure to check out her various handmade wares for sale. You can purchase online, and she ships all over!
Thanks to you for reading our Exceptional Entrepreneur Series. Look for more featured business owners soon!