During this time (and always!) it is so important to support local and the small business in our communities. Plus it’s great for the economy too! We are constantly inspired by the ambition and resilience of small business founders. We feel that the risks that they take lead to innovation and help in moving the world forward.
Inspired by these entrepreneurs and their stories, we recently chatted with Rania Sinno Majzoub and Anghel Breton – owners of HeartMade Events, about being entrepreneurs, running a small business while also running a family, and how they have adapted to the changes that Covid-19 has brought to their business.
What is your business about and why did you start it?
When I was young I lived through the war, we didn’t have the chance to have birthday parties or sleepovers. HeartMade came as a wish to bring happiness and joy to children’s lives, making their birthdays unique so they can cherish these childhood memories forever.
I was lucky to find a partner soon and together we were able to make a heartfelt wish into a great business. We specialize in creating magical events, through teepees and tents, for children so they can have an unforgettable experience. We customize every event, from sleepovers to outdoor parties, or even a glamping night in the desert underneath the stars.
What do you love about your business?
There are many things we love about our business. The amazing feeling as we see the setting come to life after lots of planning and hard work! Although, nothing is better than seeing the amazed and joyful expressions on children’s faces when they see the setting for the first time, when they discover the teepees and can’t wait to share them with their friends and families.
How do you manage your time between running a business and a family?
Our work takes a lot of time for planning, set up, pick up, and many other things. So we need to have good communication and coordination between us. Teamwork is key! Sometimes we need to sacrifice some family time and some other times our children come with us, but we believe in showing our kids that we can be both successful professionals and amazing mums.
How has Covid-19 affected your business and how have you adapted?
Just like other similar businesses that involve gatherings we have been greatly affected by Covid due to the need for social distance and bans on large gatherings. We had to adapt fast to make sure we could stay afloat but also find ways to make kids have a special time despite the situation.
In the beginning, we focused on creating family activities like our giant doodles and ceramic kits. We partnered with a great company to make activity boxes for summer. As restrictions eased we were able to provide more services like our giant movie night or picnic set up. Families could enjoy a special time from the safety of their home. The current situation pushed us to be creative and some amazing new packages have been created to have an extra special day even if it’s on a smaller scale.
We are thankful to all our clients for trusting us. We are happy to be able to grow and overcome challenges.
Any piece of advice to other small business owners or anyone wanting to start their own business?
We would recommend to any mum who wants to start a business and having doubts to just jump in and try! We all need to start somewhere. Remember that fortune favors the bold. For all small businesses, it’s amazing that you were brave enough to get out there! keep going, adapt to the situation. Sometimes things just need a little time. Your hard work will eventually pay off, and one day you will look back and won’t believe how much you’ve grown.
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