When we started Party On The Rocks, there were so many unknowns that we had to face as new business owners. One thing that we certainly didn’t expect is the sense of community that came along with starting a business in the event and wedding industry.
At first glance, it may seem like venues, caterers, bar services and the like would have fierce competition among them. Instead, we’ve found a great deal of support for everyone working in the event industry in Washington. Today we want to talk a little bit about the idea of community over competition, and what it means to us.
As a business, our primary goal is to make sure that our clients have the best experience possible. This means we not only need to offer superb service, but we also need to know how to profitably run a business and keep up with evolving trends and policies.
We are so thankful to be a part of organizations like the Snohomish Wedding Guild, ILEA, Seattle Wedding Network, and others that help make it possible for us all to share in the wealth of knowledge out there and help each other to tackle obstacles.
By taking the time to learn from others in the industry and have open dialogs about challenges and trends, we are all able to grow and serve our clients better.
We’ve also learned that we have a lot to gain by banding together. Events like the Snohomish Wedding Tour and Sky Valley Celebrates Tour brings together groups of venues and vendors for one big open house. With joint marketing and organization, ALL of the vendors can meet potential clients and grow their businesses.
We also recognize that not every client is right for every service. We love being able to refer clients to other services if we are not available or are not the right fit for an event.
Entrepreneurship can feel like a lonely journey at times. But it doesn’t mean that you have to go through it alone. We are so grateful to have a community of other business owners who are going through the same process to learn from and bounce ideas off.
What does community over competition mean to you? Comment below or join the conversation on social media. Let’s all keep supporting and lifting each other up!