“In 2007, shortly after arriving in Portland I found the Association of Home Businesses after reading an article in The BEE newspaper. My move to the Sellwood neighborhood had me arriving smack in the middle of the economic downturn. ‘Home Business Ownership’? ‘Entrepreneurship’? I was a surprised participant and not quite sure of me strategy for moving forward.
“So, I created a brochure to take with me to the October 2007 meeting. (By the way, this brochure and its contents has a way of sneaking into Eric Norberg’s introduction of Zoe during meetings.) Having NEVER done any public speaking and arriving from a support services background, I didn’t anticipate the ‘elevator speech’: standing up in front of an audience of strangers and telling them about my business. Despite my lack of knowledge of the inner workings of a networking event, I was immediately encouraged, welcomed, and left the meeting having made many new acquaintances.
“Discovering I had skills that simplified re-careering, I dove in head first, observing, learning, and applying what I learned during the meetings. Those skills were honed each time I gave a presentation to the group, creating new possibilities and adding more items to my service offerings.
“I’ve had many growing pains with my business over the years, but the Association of Home Business has been a constant. With the ever present support of the organization, I’ve overcome my ‘elevator speech’ stage fright, been mentored, encouraged, and learned to relish the rewards of being a home business owner. I owe so much of my personal success to this fine group of entrepreneurs.”~ Zoe Morrison