Columbus Chamber cbuzz: Women in Retail featuring Thirty-One Gifts, Fox in the Snow & Singleton Construction

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The Columbus Chamber and Capital University have partnered to bring the first business-themed podcast to Columbus. During cbuzz, Columbus-based brand journalist Mikaela Hunt will speak with local business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders and allow them to tell their story and highlight their organization, while further inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit that is buzzing in the city.

Fox in the Snow Founder Lauren Culley started sweeping the floors of New York bakeries – for free – just to be closer to the action. Thirty One Gift’s Cindy Monroe propelled a side hustle and desire to get out of the cube and make a bigger impact into a business employing 60,000 plus sales consultants. Singleton Construction President & CEO Denise Doczy-Delong followed in her mom’s footsteps to be the leader of a national commercial construction company in a male-dominated industry.

Each woman shared the unique path to her success during The Columbus Chamber’s Women in Retail panel at its 2018 Retail Summit.

From ‘Why Columbus?’ to the importance of mentorship, and the advantages and disadvantages of doing business as a woman, the wide-ranging discussion held insights for businesses large and small, established and new.

Talent and cost of living are among the major advantages of doing business in Columbus. When Thirty-One Gifts’ rapid growth meant it was time for some strategic hires, Monroe found the industry expertise she needed in Columbus. For Culley and her younger workforce, Columbus’ ability to retain talent coming out of OSU has been a plus.

If the city is an advantage, so is being a woman. When asked about the disadvantages of the industry, both Monroe and Doczy-Delong focus on turning potential negatives into positives. For Doczy-Delong being a woman in the male-dominated construction industry makes her memorable. Monroe rises past expectations to advocate for what she wants for her business.

Listen to the full podcast featuring
Cindy Monroe, Lauren Culley
and Denise Doczy-Delong

The panel of women is also focused on bringing others up with them. Monroe is looking at ways to make professional coaching affordable and accessible. Doczy-Delong’s attitude is to always lend help when you can – you might need it down the road. Culley explains her willingness to share detailed business insights with other new eateries. Avoid the mistakes others have made, and everybody benefits when the industry grows stronger.

Tune into the full conversation as the panel dives into building a local brand, what they see for the future of retail and more!

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