The MBA Entrepreneur – PAWSitively Poochie, LLC

1 Nov 2011 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

When Rena George-Beck decided to return to school for her MBA, her primary goal was to advance her career at Olympus. She also thought it might be nice to teach later in life when she retired. She never even considered that she would become an entrepreneur. If someone asked her 10 years ago if she would own her own business, she would have said, “absolutely not. “ Yet Rena caught the entrepreneurial “bug”!

It all began when she took the CR507, Executive Skills Development, class; this class featured speakers who shared their experiences with starting their own businesses and encouraged the students to do the same. She began to realize that the skills she was acquiring in her MBA studies were preparing her to start her own business, and, more specifically, giving her the confidence and desire to pursue it. Shortly after this, Rena was trying to make an appointment to get her dogs groomed. There was a 3 – 4 month waiting period! That’s when the light came on and she saw an opportunity. Ironically, for an MBA class, she had already done some of the market research when writing a paper on her former dog groomer’s business. This put her ahead of the game in planning and understanding the start up costs. After seeing there was a good return on investment, she wrote a business plan and convinced her husband to give it a try!

One of the other assignments in her MBA coursework was to write a “life plan”, a set of goals for a certain period of time in her life. Rena looks at that plan every day and attributes the plan to her success in achieving many of the goals so far. Slow and steady wins the race. Rena continues to move forward keeping her eyes on her goals. Her motto has become, “It’s going to work out; failure is not an option!” With this drive and determination to succeed, Rena’s business, PAWSitively Poochie, LLC, has maxed out her part-time schedule. In January of 2011, she moved the business from her home to a storefront at 929 Main Street in Northampton. Now she is considering making the leap to a full-time enterprise, hiring personnel and increasing her business.

Though her time is at a premium between running her business part time, working for Olympus full time and managing family life, Rena is always thinking of other things that she can do. In November, Rena’s business will be sponsoring “A Cause for Paws” – a month-long fundraising event to support Peaceable Kingdom of the Lehigh Valley. The fundraising event will be seeking donations of animal food, bedding, toys, carriers and more. If you would like to make a donation, they can be dropped off every Saturday in November from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at: PAWSitively Poochie, 929 Main Street, Northampton, PA 18067.

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