Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in wellness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Melissa Mueller-Douglas, Owner of MYRetreat Inc., located in Rochester, NY, USA.

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

I own MYRetreat, helping companies with team building to decrease stress and increase mindfulness in the workplace using chocolate instead of trust falls. Our Chocolate Mindfulness Wellness Workshops are customized to the needs of companies that want to show their leadership team they are appreciated and that their well-being is a priority.

Tell us about yourself

A friend who owned multiple Mathnasium franchises asked me what type of business I would run. Hearing a successful business owner ask me that question as a licensed master social worker got me to visualize the type of business l could create.

Hearing colleagues in top leadership positions say how tired and anxious they feel in their roles is what motivates me to continue creating Chocolate Mindfulness Wellness Workshops to decrease stress and increase mindfulness in the workplace.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Converting connections into satisfied B2B customers is the greatest accomplishment. Watching skeptical eyes transform as intentions are explored, the body scan is practiced, and dark chocolate bars tasted for the first time is satisfying. It’s an honor to introduce mindfulness to the workplace.

Hearing feedback like, “You should tell our HR director to bring you back monthly for Chocolate Mindfulness” feels great.

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

You are either the one setting boundaries or not setting boundaries on your greatest asset, time.

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

  1. Celebrate your business anniversary year.
  2. Listen to customers who critique your product/service, the root cause of their complaint is beneficial to understand.
  3. Save all of the emails, texts, posts, and articles that highlight your brilliance. Refer back to them as needed.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Shout out to my Chocolate Mindfulness Sponsors: ZORA Chocolate, Eldora Chocolate, and Lake Champlain Chocolates!

Sending gratitude for this opportunity to contribute my story.

Where can people find you and your business?


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