Startup Advice from Local Business Owners

“I would say, ‘Find a great mentor, someone who has already been through the many challenges of being an entrepreneur.’ I would have worked less on the daily grind and harder on the big picture in the early years. Perhaps be less of a perfectionist, and let the smaller things slide a bit.”

—Jodi Levine, Founder and Director of Jodi’s Gym in Mount Kisco 

 

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“Surround yourself with an exceptional staff. Running a successful business is a team effort—therefore incorporating caring, smart, loyal, and friendly people into the company is an essential and fundamental first step.”

—Richard Elias, DMD, MD, of Mamaroneck Oral Surgery in Mamaroneck

 

“Talk to more people in the restaurant industry. Hearing other people’s ‘do’s and don’ts’ about the business always helps when preparing to open your own restaurant. Write everything down in a notebook so no detail is forgotten. Stay strong and focused—and get a lot of sleep.”

—Denise Horton, Co-Owner of An American Bistro in Tuckahoe 

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“I would have advised myself to clearly identify exactly what type of business I wanted to create and how it will contribute to my own personal growth and to society overall. When you are passionate about your career, no matter how much money you have or will make, you will be happy with the legacy that you leave behind.”

—Innes Frey, Founder of Family Solutions of Westchester in Goldens Bridge 

 

“Loving what you do is half the battle of running your own business. Also, employees are not your children, and you are not their mother. Taking control is something you learn along the way.”

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—Gisele Guerrero, Owner of Gisele’s Premiere Boutique Salon in Larchmont 

 

“Organize a team of advisers with expertise in areas of business that you do not have. I would have created a board of directors consisting of people with expertise in the financial industry, medical field, sales and marketing, and a successful entrepreneur.”

—Gina Cappelli, Founder and President of Forme Urgent Care and Wellness Center in White Plains

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