Small Business Spotlight February 2020

Small Business Spotlight February 2020 2020-03-05T17:35:17-05:00

Small Business Spotlight

For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with Events by Elle

1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

At Events by Elle we offer full service coordination for weddings, corporate, social and non-profit events. Every day, we strive to create an enjoyable and memorable planning experience for our clients. We devote ourselves to clientele satisfaction. We pay special attention to detail and recognize that it’s the little things that make a big difference. When you choose Events by Elle, you can expect first-class service and execution. Throughout the planning process, you can take comfort in knowing that we will make your event an experience you will never forget. Our mission is to exceed expectations and provide an unforgettable experience at every event.

2. Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?

I’m always looking for ways to get involved and cultivate relationships in the community. When I figured out that I could accomplish both of these things by joining United Way, it was an easy decision for me. I am able to continuously meet new people, while giving back to the community. I love that there are so many different groups within United Way that you can be a part of as well. It gives members ample opportunities to get together with like-minded people that have similar interests and goals. It is such a welcoming group and the United Way culture inspires you to want to continue to find ways to give back!

3. How did your business get started?

I’ve loved planning events since I was little; from bake sales to prom and everything in between. It was something that made me really happy, and I always enjoyed doing. I worked on many different events throughout college and in different event planning roles, gaining a lot of knowledge and experience in the field. My last year of school, I took a business course that required us to create a mock business plan. Needless to say, I created Events by Elle. I graduated and opened my company three months later at the ripe age of 21. I truly love what I do, I love making people happy, sharing important life moments with clients, and building all the amazing relationships that I have along the way.

4. What is a lesson you have learned?
A big lesson I have learned is making sure to always look at the big picture. There is a phrase I like that says “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. In business and in life, I have learned that the shortest or quickest route typically doesn’t have the best long term results. Before making any decisions, I always try to analyze my options from all angles. Looking ahead to the future and making conscious efforts to avoid being short sighted has been a huge help in my life and career.

5. What’s your favorite quote?
“Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” -Ray Kroc.

Ivan Mladenovic, President & CEO of Preemo