Nominee - nichole (nikki) halgren
Nichole (Nikki) Halgren
Tulsa entrepreneurs are unique in the world. How have your endeavor(s) added value to our community and the future of Tulsa?
As an entrepreneur I find it very important to give back as close to home as possible. I am most passionate about helping other entrepreneurs and mentoring other women in their journey of growing a successful business. We also regularly donate to local charities and even do our own fund raisers when Oklahomans experience catastrophes, like the Moore tornado earlier this year. We are only successful because of the love Oklahoma gives us, and in return we try and give as much love back to our community.
If you aren’t failing, you aren’t succeeding. Share with us some of your failures to better understand how you have taken the lessons learned and applied them to support getting to where you are today.
I always say that education is expensive. You pay for it whether you are inside a school or by making mistakes. I have had my fair share of education! Failures include product lines that didn't go so well, to not trusting my gut when hiring someone. Both have taught me to follow my instincts. If I am not over the moon excited about a new product, it needs to be ditched. If I don't get excited to get to know a new member of the team, I need to trust my instinct. All of these have taught me to not focus on what others might do or what the norm is. This business is an extension of my self and so I need to stay true myself on every decision.
Being creative is vital to an entrepreneurial endeavors success. Share an out-of-the-box experience that has made you stronger as an entrepreneur.
I often tell the business owners I mentor that the trick is to take your creativity that got you to create a product or service and use it in every aspect of your business. I try and use creativity in every aspect of my business, including sales. I would say the most beneficial use of creativity has been how I display my product at Market. I often use vintage pieces and old furniture to display our product. It gets people to stop and starts a conversation.
Tell us a story that involved you that either at the time or looking back makes you laugh.
This is a hard one. I am the clown of the office. The others are often treated to a impromptu dance move or a day where I sing almost all of my words. I would say the times when we break out into song all together are the best. As I write this, we have just completed a great Whitney Houston ballad together. However, the funniest moments are always on the day when we welcome someone new to our team and they can't believe this is all happening.
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