What women inspire you?
My mother inspires me because of her positive outlook, her ability to bounce back from any situation, and her incredibly giving heart. My best friend, Tiffany, for her loyalty and beautiful friendship, her brilliant mind and her ability to be objective. Oprah Winfrey has inspired me for decades; her staying in her truth, her need to learn, and passing on her beliefs to others is very powerful.
What do you see as the coolest or most important trend in your industry?
A very cool trend in my industry is the growing need for more natural, non-GMO ingredients and desserts that live in the freezer. This is not only motivating to always find the best ingredients, but I believe soon will be a necessity.
What are the biggest obstacles you see for young female entrepreneurs?
Some of the obstacles I see for young female entrepreneurs would be worrying about whether certain very successful male business owners will take them seriously. I still feel that women are viewed as not as capable as men, by men, and I look forward to the day when this is totally not an issue. It will happen as more women conquer!
What do you love about being a business owner?
What I love about being a business owner is the incredible vision of where I believe our company can grow and sharing the success and growth of our company with our employees. We are nothing without every person’s effort and dedication. I also love being a business owner because my partner and I are in charge!
What’s the hardest part about being a business owner?
The hardest thing about being a business owner is the pressure of having to maneuver all the moving parts. Even when all hands are on deck - the owners have to make quick decisions as well as calculated and strategized decisions. Sometimes it’s one thing at a time, sometimes it’s 15. I have to be OK with this.
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
Instead of sleep, I would be baking and testing more recipes. Nothing makes me happier or is more fulfilling than baking.
How do you unwind after a long workday?
Homework with my stepsons; Coltin, 10 and Levi 8. Then time with my husband, he always makes me smile.
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When I face a challenge, I... look at the scenario from all angles and always know that there is a solution.
If I could go back in time, I would tell myself… that baby steps are actually ok to take, and that I don’t have to make rash decisions.
The one thing I couldn’t live without is… the love of my entire family.
By this time next year, I will be… celebrating the success of Love Bites by Carnie with my partner, employees, my family and friends.
To get my creative juices flowing, I… put my favorite 70’s music on and start baking in my kitchen while the kids are at school.
Love Bites by Carnie
Love Bites by Carnie specializes in kosher certified, bite-sized gourmet desserts, including cheesecakes, cake bites, brownies and crumb cakes and proudly boasts a large number of gluten-friendly options.