Each new year brings reflections about the past as well as dreams of future goals. And when you’re a business owner, that translates to your business as well as your personal life.
We checked in with our makers and asked them what their new year’s resolutions are for their business this year. From expansion to reorganizing to hiring more employees, each one of these business owners has big plans for 2020.
1) Nikki Smith, founder of Nikki Smith Designs
I have three things: organization, smart growth, and supporting my employees! I’m most excited to spend some time seeing what my employees envision for the business in 2020.
What we are doing great at, what do they think could be better, how can I make their job better, and what goals do they have for themselves and their workload? I’m having everyone write all these things down so they have time to think deep and we can all help each other grow!
2) Erika Henik, founder of Sweet on Vermont
I would like to see Sweet on Vermont expand its footprint beyond New England into other regions of the U.S. I’d also like to continue to grow our social media presence. We made huge strides on social media in 2019, and I’d like to build on these in 2020 to get greater exposure for SoV among consumers and businesses.
3) Erin Rose Myers, co-founder of Lush Wine Mix
2019 was a bit of a “fly by the seat of our pants year.” With a total rebrand, new packaging, new suppliers, etc. there were so many changes that took place for Lush. In 2020, we are focusing on re-establishing new long term goals for the business.
We’re also continuing to press into our commitment of awesome customer service for our retailers by providing more organized selling support (media kits, pop displays etc.) as well as a more streamlined ordering system for our retailers through the Abound platform.
4) John Bronson and Femke Veelenturf, founders of Finger Licking Dutch Caramel Stroopwafels
We are looking to excel into additional sectors, add some unique items, and increase the growth and sales with our current retailers.
5) Cathleen Miller, founder of Catalina’s Cottage
We are so excited about 2020. We here at Catalina’s Cottage are gearing up for expansion in our soap business. This will require a hard focus and goal setting for big success in 2020. This will include increased production of soap, and some new products. (We are already preparing now for the big push by 2nd quarter.)
6) Jamah Dacus, founder of ModestMix Teas
To create long lasting relationships with other small businesses, to help support and promote each other.
7) Brian & Megan Dalrymple, founders of Anchored NW Candle Co.
We have a number of them, but first and foremost, we would like to begin giving back to heart health. We are looking into options we have and hope to have something to announce soon.
Otherwise, continue to grow our business, become more connected with our customers and their needs, as well as fine tuning and streamlining certain production aspects. Also, look for individual candle packaging from us, as well as new POS display items for our wholesalers.
8) Erik Howe, co-founder of SIC Cups
Our new year’s resolution is to eliminate 55,000,000 plastic bottles from the earth in 2020. “Americans purchase about 50 billion water bottles per year, averaging about 13 bottles per month for every person in the U.S.! That means by using a reusable water bottle, you could save an average of 156 plastic bottles annually.
9) Bobby & Jenni Mills, founders of Studio 29 Eleven
Remain focused and go big.
10) Tatiana & Nate Alder, Owners of Fuze Body
Our new year’s resolution for our business is to invent five more unique product lines to offer our customers that improve their quality of life, hire ten more struggling moms looking for flexible work, and lift up others in need along the way.