Spotlight: Mary Young
This passionate entreprenuer is leading the way in the fashion industry.
Tell us about yourself and your role within your company.
I'm the CEO and designer of my namesake lifestyle lingerie clothing brand where we ethically produce everything in Canada. I launched my business shortly after graduating from Ryerson's Fashion Communications in 2014 and started selling products online in September of that year and the following year began retailing in Canadian boutiques. The concept for my brand was formed during school while I was working on my thesis and after studying the lingerie industry so intently I realized there was a gap in the market to offer women more relaxed, comfortable lingerie that embraced their natural shape.
What is the most rewarding part about being an entrepreneur? What keeps you passionate and driven to succeed?
Being an entrepreneur is quite the journey and I personally find seeing all my hard work come to life to be the most rewarding part. Those late nights or long weekends happen for all of us but once I see that time and effort come to life, whether it be a new design or a campaign, it all is worth it to me.
Hearing feedback from my customers and community really keeps me inspired to keep doing what I do, without them, I wouldn't be able to continue growing.
We know how important productivity is for developing and continuing to grow a business. For you, what are some key concepts or tools you suggest for small business owners?
Some of my favourite techniques for staying productive is finding ways to save time, that can be from labeling emails and using my calendar to remind me of tasks, to having accounting apps on my phone. Staying organized is a huge part of remaining productive and I always find writing out a to-do list for the day and week is a great way to keep on track.
What advice do you have for aspiring and prospering business owners when it comes to taking their business to the next level?
I am a huge fan of goal setting and think it's important to write out both short term and long term goals. If you don't know what you're working towards, how will you know when you've achieved success or a certain level of growth. I write down short term, three month goals and long term, 6 month and 12 month goals, every quarter to track growth. It's also a great way to see your accomplishments when you can easily get caught up in the day to day and think you aren't making any progress.
Network. Learn. Grow. Click the image below to RSVP to our upcoming Small Business Centre Event in Aurora with Mary.
When: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rogers Small Business Centre
14879 Yonge St. Unit 1, Aurora, ON L4G 1M9