Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Beth Parker, Owner of Earle's Loveland Floral and Gifts, located in Loveland, CO, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We are a female-owned and ran florist and gift shop in the beautiful Loveland, Colorado. We specialize in custom fresh flower arrangements, unique gifts, and an awesome in-store experience. Our customers are from all parts of life, from a first homecoming and needing a corsage to weddings and even 50th wedding anniversaries! We have some of the best customers, and that is what really makes this business fun!

Tell us about yourself

I started working for my friend Steven, an incredibly talented designer, about 40 years ago. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to open my own store. It will be 30 years in January that I have owned Earle's Flowers. I love to make beautiful flowers and enjoy the people I work with; I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

We have made it through a lot of challenges throughout the 30 years that we have been here, and we are still standing and better than ever!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

There are always different challenges, and adapting to those challenges.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

Work hard, love what you do, surround yourself with people you like to be with daily, and bonus - KEEP GOING - you can do it!

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Owning your own business is fulfilling. Showing up for yourself and others every day will take you great places!

Where can people find you and your business?


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