Our Entrepreneurship Center clients are doing great things – read about their entrepreneurial journeys and get inspired!
Twitter & Instagram: @BeePresentHoney
Bee Present Honey is both a service and product company. We are beekeepers! We sell products from the hive (honey, lip balm, creams, beeswax food wraps and more), and bee-themed arts and crafts from local artisan partners. All of our bee derived products are only from our own hives. All local! Our packaging is always recycle-able or compostable. We want to support the environment we share with our bees by being a great planet partner!
Our service side has us attending events to bring awareness about bees and beekeeping with fun interactive games, activities, and crafts to our community. We do fairs and festivals, talks at libraries and schools, scout troops and home school groups, gardening clubs and more! We have been keeping bees over seven years and have been Bee Present Honey for four years.
What drives you to be a business owner?
Our love of bees and supporting the local economy drives us to build and grow our outreach and our business.
How has the Entrepreneurship Center at WCC helped with your business goals?
The WCC Entrepreneurship Center has been a fantastic resource for us! Early on I was encouraged to “go for it” when I first approached Kristin about my idea. It feels good to have someone listen to your idea who has heard a lot of business stories and encourages you to move forward. Her and the team at the EC gave me resources to be successful. I attended the Starting your LLC or DBA session and submitted my business with the State. I attended sessions about learning to Pitch my business and was encouraged to compete in the Pitch@WCC competition which included several valuable workshops from resources such as EntreSlam, a workshop on pitching during WCC’s Free College Day, and Pitch Training with Victoria Bennett. And after the competition, they have still supported Bee Present Honey with an individual counseling session with Al Newman, a great business connection, and hooked me up with a fantastic web designer Janelle Reichman of Ellanyze who is putting the finishing touches on my website. The EC has been pivotal in our success!
If you could offer one piece of advice for fellow entrepreneurs or prospective entrepreneurs, what would it be?
As an entrepreneur, the best advice I could give is think big and grow small. You can’t have everything right away, you have to grow with your business, it is a very organic relationship. Make big goals, create projects and make small steps that move you forward. You have to start somewhere and each day is an opportunity. Today is an opportunity!
“Believe in yourself and what you are doing. If you don’t, no one else will. Investors and customers have to believe in you before they will work with you. Also, don’t give up. If you are doing the right things, for the right reasons, it will happen!”
“When you put your time and dedication into your business, thinking of even doing a small change is not something you may want to do or embrace because you feel so connected to what you are building as an entrepreneur. However, business is all about change and evolving – look at change as a positive thing and you will be amazed at how things can grow for you and your business!”
“Talk to people about your idea! Don’t be afraid to tell people what it is you are planning to do. Seek people out who can give feedback on the idea followed by the design of a new product.”
“I love brainstorming new ideas, meeting people, and proving that successful entrepreneurship is possible regardless of age.”
“I love the fact that I can create and shape an environment designed to make me most productive … I’m happier and believe I am making a bigger impact to society by creating solutions that did not previously exist.”
“Consistency is key! Every day strive to be better, be a sponge within your industry and the biggest piece of advice I could give would be to never be afraid to take a risk, that’s why we are entrepreneurs, we are willing to take risks when others are more hesitant.”
Kristin Anne Danko
“Starting a business is just one long learning process. I had a mantra I said to myself when we were starting out: ‘Leap and the net will appear.’ I knew I just had to take the risk and now it’s paying off!”
“Light Orange Bean is a food blog that I post recipes I developed along with eye-catching food photography I captured. My audiences are from every part of the world and they are lovers of healthy recipes (especially gluten-free and vegan). Besides running the food blog, I’m also a photographer providing photography services to local businesses, especially restaurants.”
Karen L. Driggs
“The opportunity to support a healthy lifestyle for busy people (motivates me to be a business owner). I appreciate the income stream and the ability to be part of the community with this service.”
“I’m driven to be a business owner because I fervently believe in the positive power of business. I see a lot of negative stigma surrounding capitalism and big business– especially in my generation– and it’s warranted. I started Liv Buttons as a social enterprise; I wanted to use it as an example of how to break norms and conduct business differently.”
“Until people know your product or service exists and has value for them, there may be little or no demand. Be ready to put yourself out there in front of people!”
“Stepping into entrepreneurship has been a tremendous growth experience: I’m a better human being because of it and I’m looking forward to the life long journey this path is taking me on.”
Kate Jackman and Jennifer Wooley
“It’s great to have a passion you want to share, but businesses are 80-90% all the ‘other stuff’ and only 10-20% the fun stuff…Be aware of that and make sure you are willing to do all the hard work that gets your passion in the hands of those that will appreciate it.”
Mary Lou Stropoli
“Creativity is not only a great way to spend our time, it’s also a fantastic way to keep minds active and elastic.”
“Don’t ever settle. It is possible to create a career and business that fulfills all of your goals, be they professional, artistic, economic or community impact related.”
“Your character will develop right along with your business. You will start to learn new fascinating things about yourself as you dedicate your time to your dreams.”
“When you have a business, the most important thing is filling a need that you’re passionate about. Because passion drives determination and having determination to do something right will lead you towards success.”
“What drives me to become a business owner is the ability it gives me to serve my local community.”