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  • 17 November 2015
  • Bonnie Stack

The UPS Store and Martha Stewart Provide Entrepreneurial Expertise

The UPS Store President Tim Davis recently spoke to small business owners, innovators and leaders about the challenges and rewards that come with being an entrepreneur. Davis was one of four industry leaders to contribute to an “Ask the Experts” panel at the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit. The summit, which was held at Martha Stewart headquarters in New York City on Nov. 7, celebrates entrepreneurs, artisans and small-business owners who are serving their communities with great products and innovations.

Davis was joined on the panel by Martha Stewart herself, as well as Stew Leonard Jr., president and CEO of Stew Leonard’s Grocery Stores, and David Bobbitt, president of the SCORE Foundation. Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, served as the moderator.

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The panel discussed a variety of topics related to small business success, including work-life balance and how to best take advantage of available resources.

Davis shared that according to a recent online survey of small business owners, 75 percent of small business owners rely on outside partners to fill gaps in expertise. He said that trusting others to help with a small business is crucial to success.

“With a small staff or staff of just one, small business owners can run into challenges when it comes to growing their business, since it is up to them to also focus on all of the day-to-day tasks,” Davis said during the panel discussion.

“Leveraging local resources, such as The UPS Store or SCORE, is so important for small business owners so they can improve the efficiency and productivity of their business.”

Bobbitt agreed that entrepreneurs face a variety of unique challenges, and he said mentorships, like the ones the SCORE Foundation facilitates, can make a huge difference. He advised taking advantage of these resources and asking for help in times of need.

“Entrepreneurs put so much on the line – working all the time, sometimes working late and perhaps not often home with their families,” Bobbitt noted. “Some of the best advice I’ve ever received is to reach out for help when you need it. You are not alone!”

Leonard also spoke of the vitality of resiliency in owning and operating a small business.

“It doesn’t matter how many challenges you face – you need to always get back up. Don’t stay down,” Leonard advised the audience. “You may wobble a little, but there isn’t anything that should keep you down and out.”

Stewart, who said small business owners must constantly evolve to maintain success, encouraged audience members to take action with the advice they learned during the panel and continue doing great work in their communities.

“There is so much talent happening right here in America,” Stewart said to close the panel discussion. “Thank you for supporting it.”

Stewart also invited audience members to visit The UPS Store #PrintsToLiveBy booth, where participants chose their favorite quote or words of inspiration and on-site calligraphers hand-lettered and framed the words as a keepsake for attendees to take home.

Because each The UPS Store location is independently owned and operated, our UPS Store franchisees are small business experts. They can offer the type of advice presented in the “Ask the Experts” panel to the entrepreneurs that come into our stores every day.

“We want our customers to challenge us with their small business problems, and we are always ready to bring them a solution or advice to help them grow their business and be successful,” Davis said.

The UPS Store takes pride in being part of opportunities like the American Made Summit, continuing our celebration and support of small business owners and entrepreneurs across the country.

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