Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Erin Anderson, Founder of Eadem Arbor, located in Billings, MT, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Eadem Arbor is a living practice of personal and social wellness for cities, companies, individuals, families & friends. We offer wellness and creativity assessments for personal lives and business. Our customers are working professionals, families, and city-based entities to help cultivate deeper physical, mental and emotional health. Our specialty is cultural wellness events. We love to think outside the box to deliver an experience for our clients and to achieve the goal of creating culturally inclusive and loving spaces. We also help our clients with social media rebrands rooted in wellness and creativity and focus on deepening and diversifying their online networks.
Tell us about yourself
My mentor Malia Lazu first got me working on my business. My background centered on community organizing and social justice work - focusing on art, culture, and food. I continue to practice Yoga, and Malia pushed me to get certified to teach. My business grew from The Urban Labs accelerator program giving me the structure of what it means to run and operate a solid community-focused platform. The thing that motivates me daily to do what I do is my love for people and culture and my belief that together we can build a sustainable and peaceful world.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
As a business owner, my greatest accomplishment is that, as a service-based company, we have been able to pick up our model from Boston, Massachusetts (Urban) to Montana (Rural) settings and implement that same programming to create a platform that allows our clients and partners to cultivate a deeper sense of personal and social responsibility and to improve their overall wellness - health, physical and spiritual wellbeing.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is that it takes time. You have to learn how to be patient with yourself. The world is always changing and evolving, and your business model should also be. It's important to be open to trying new things. Also, it's important to remember that it may not be the right time just because it's a good idea. So give it the time, and in the meantime, take that time to educate yourself, deepen your relationships and refine your model.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
If you have a vision, you are the person and vessel who is supposed to bring it into the world to blossom and grow. The business world is structured as a competition, but you will achieve more through relationships and partnerships. Don't force the relationship; if something is not working, leave it alone and let what is meant to come, come
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
We owe all of what we have built as a company to Black and Indigenous Women.
Where can people find you and your business?
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