I'm so excited to share that I have launched a new feature series on the blog!
It is called, "Women Who Own It", a showcase of female business owners I admire. Maybe you need a little inspiration or have zero idea how to get started in a certain industry, or perhaps your new business has officially opened its doors but you don't know how to increase your income stream, or perhaps you need help finding an amazing vendor and you want to hire a woman as a show of solidarity! I'm interviewing Women Who Own It because I am proud of these ladies and because any challenge you face, these women have faced it, too.! I want you to be able to read advice and success stories that will help you!
If you're interested in being featured, please contact me and I'll put you in touch with my super amazing assistant who will find out more! If you have a question about any featured Women Who Own It, please include your question and any important information we may need and we'll be sure to follow up with you!
If there are any features or questions you'd like to see added to the new series, leave a comment here!
Without further ado, Sandra Dugan and Michele Martins of Two Gals Cocktails!
Tracy Sweeney (TS): Thanks for sitting down for this interview, ladies! First, please tell us where your business is located. Sandra & Michelle (2GALS): We're a portable catering bar service in Rhode Island. We enjoy working within our community but we'll travel anywhere in Rhode Island!
TS: Will you tell us your story? How did you get started? 2GALS: We worked together in the industry, for over 20 years, at S.S. Dion Restaurant, in Bristol. We began volunteering at the Bristol Warren Education Foundation's (BWEF) Bodacious Bee annual fundraiser, which is now in its 11th year. We run the bar and all proceeds go to the foundation. One year, Lynne, from 195 Franklin, encouraged us to start a business and to do this professionally. We worked with Lynne for about a year before we ventured out on our own; she was absolutely instrumental to our success!
TS: Tell us about your business. What sets you apart? 2GALS: We customize the bar for any event. We book house parties, weddings, anniversaries, graduations, retirements, corporate events, fundraisers, yard parties, informal gatherings, you name it! No event is too big or too small. We're different from other catering services in that we don't offer a standard price per head. We work with our clients to provide beverages to fit their budget. Affordable or elaborate, there is no mold, and we make it amazing no matter what their selections are!
TS: What did you struggle with along the way to success? 2GALS: We started by offering service only. Once we were confident this business was a good fit for us we worked on obtaining a full catering license and liquor license. We worked with Liz Tanner, a business liason for small businesses for the State of Rhode Island. She is so knowledgeable and helped us through the process.
TS: Do you have any upcoming events you'd like to share? 2GALS: We love helping our community with fundraisers! We will be at the BWEF's Bodacious Bee on March 9, 2019, in Bristol. You can purchase your tickets here! We'll also be found at the Bristol 4th of July Ball on June 21, 2019, at the Herreshoff Museum. Tickets for that event can be purchased at fourthofjulybristolri.com. We hope to see you there!
TS: What is one piece of advice you would offer to a female business owner early in her journey? 2GALS: As long as you remain committed to the client, and love what you do, you will be amazing. #dowhatyoulove #lovewhatyoudo
Thank you, Sandra & Michelle!
You can find Two Gals Cocktails on Facebook and Instagram. You may also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact them at (401) 200-1010 or (401) 243-7980.