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Let Us Create an Experience for Your Guests - Bluegrass Chic

We are a wedding and event floral design company located in Orlando, Florida. We service events within the Central Florida area for clients ranging from intimate weddings to large corporate parties.
Let Us Create an Experience for Your Guests - Bluegrass Chic

Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in floristry but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Michelle Lewis, co-owner and lead designer of Bluegrass Chic, located in Orlando, FL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a wedding and event floral design company located in Orlando, Florida. We service events within the Central Florida area for clients ranging from intimate weddings to large corporate parties.

Tell us about yourself

I am a co-owner of Bluegrass Chic with my mother, Jan. We started the business because we love flowers and love design. It started with designing flowers and holiday decor for our church and helping her maintain the garden in the backyard. From there, we helped family and friends to decorate for parties. When I moved to Florida, I was drawn back to that through floral design. I started the business out of my home and have moved four times to increase our space and staffing. We just signed on our largest space today and will be moving again over the next few weeks. Each day I am motivated by being to see the reaction on our clients' faces and to be able to provide jobs and relationships with my employees. Creating a memorable experience is a joy of the job when the clients get to see the room we designed together.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is being able to employ so many wonderful people. I wish that I could pay them more for the work they do. They are all so special and have a place in my heart.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

One of the hardest things about being a business owner is making time for everything and everyone. I have learned to say no, and set limits, and I am still trying to learn to take time for myself. We want everything to be perfect, and learning to trust your team is key.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Three tips for running a business:

  1. Know your strengths and limitations. It's not for everyone. When someone thinks you are going to make your own schedule and that life is easier because you don't have to answer to anyone, you are mistaken. You answer everyone. Reviews, clients, employees, bankers, lawyers, accountants, etc.
  2. Hire slow and fire fast. This was one of the hardest things for me to learn. Figure out what you want someone to do and how they can help you before you post the job. Growing a business has you going in a million different directions, but people need direction. I have hired knowing I needed help, but without a good job description, you won't do anyone justice.
  3. Put your family first, always. My rule at work is that family comes first, then school (if they are students), then work. I tell all of my employees that from day one. Don't abuse it, but know that we can find someone to help with your work; we want you to take care of your family and future first.

Where can people find you and your business?

Website: https://bluegrasschic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluegrasschicfloral
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluegrasschicweddings/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bluegrass_chic
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bluegrass-chic/


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