“Crises are a normal experience for every small business owner. Things just don’t always go to plan! So, learning how to manage the fear that comes with crisis is a critical tool. Crises that affect a population at the same time are less typical but not uncommon.
The first thing we need to do is BREATHE! It is easy to get pulled into the panic of a crisis but we have to resist the temptation so we can step back and evaluate what is happening and how we want to respond.
The most important thing to remember about crisis – it means there is opportunity! When things go upside down, look for what might work in your favor and build a plan to capitalize on it.”
“Everything is virtual today. Businesses that have a physical presence give the consumer confidence they are real,” says Lake. “And through the sharing of resources they can do it less expensively.”
“Most entrepreneurs aren’t afraid to push the boundaries. They routinely step out of their comfort zone and won’t hesitate to go in a completely different direction if a new opportunity presents itself. They also take risks and understand the importance of flexibility, optimism and resourcefulness.
Even though Kate Lake, founder and owner of My Office & More, started her entrepreneurial journey later than most, she always exhibited the classic signs of a budding entrepreneur. Lake shared the story behind her journey and how her past experiences have laid the foundation for My Office & More.”
“More than a dozen budding executives from across Polk County, part of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, recently got to sit in front of five people they aim to be someday: successful business owners. . . .
“Why do you want to own your own business?” asks Kate Lake, owner of My Office & More, a shared workplace business that hosted the event. “Find out what makes you passionate. You have to study yourself.””
“I am so grateful for the incredible talent and skill that was applied to this project,” said Lake, crediting local businessmen such as contractor Ed Forgue, real estate specialist Kyle Vreeland, and architect Marlon Lynn. “In a way, that’s exactly what I’m in this for — to help businesses connect with each other.”
You heard me right – you can now rent office space directly in the middle of an active and stunning downtown area.Though beneficial for all types of business needs, I see it as a major advantage for the traveling businessperson and Central Florida vacationer.
“The space brings life back to the second floor of this historic building which had been mostly vacant for decades,” Lake said.
“Kate Lake aims to set the right atmosphere for entrepreneurs to prosper in a new kind of business incubator. The premium is on commerce over creativity.”