Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Susannah Robinson, Founder and Principal of Partnership for Talent, located in Nokomis, FL, USA.

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

At Partnership for Talent, we specialize in providing strategic, executive-level human resources and organizational design consultation to small and medium-sized organizations. Our role is to ensure every organization benefits from a partner to help think through things like organizational structure, succession planning, key training and leadership development activities, support for managers in conversations with employees, and employee processes. Our main focus is to leverage strategic human resources in an approachable way to drive business outcomes.

Tell us about yourself

I have more than 25 years of experience in human resources, communications, investor relations, board interaction, and business management. I am excited to bring this experience to bear in my own venture helping small and medium sized organizations. Large organizations have CHROs (Chief Human Resources Officers) to support them every day, small to medium sized organizations, who employ the majority of people in our country, often go without this needed support simply because they don't need the support on a daily basis and can't afford the steep price tag. I, for one, see myself in a position to help change this.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment is watching organizations achieve their business results in part because of the organizational design and human resources strategies and plans I helped design and implement.

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

The hardest thing about being a business owner is remembering that the buck always stops with you. When you work for someone else, it is easy to look for someone else to tackle the hardest issues. When you own the business, that person is always you. There is a gravity to ensuring you are always doing the best you can for the teams you work with and for you.

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

  1. Always remember why you decided to strike out on your own. When days are hard, this positivity about your ability and desire to make a difference in your field will carry you through.
  2. Be sure you work on your business as well as in your business. The most successful businesses spend a significant investment of time on strategic business planning. This should be no different for your business.
  3. Remember that no one gave you your success, you earned it. There is no luck about it, you are successful because you have done the right things right, don't let anyone ever sell you short.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

For small businesses, one of the most important things we can focus on is our own professional development and that of our business. I would encourage those of us who own businesses not to forget that.

Where can people find you and your business?


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