This Summer On Martha's Vineyard

It's mid August and we are in the throws of "The Week" on Martha's Vineyard.  The week where Illumination Night, The Agricultural Fair and the Annual Oak Bluffs Fireworks Celebration all take place in a matter of a few days.  Traffic is heavy, our 44th President and First Lady Mr. & Mrs. Obama are here on vacation, along with lots of other well known celebrities getting their Vineyard fix.  Bill Murray and Peter Simon gave us some media drama and excitement after some shenanigans at Lola's Restaurant in Oak Bluffs last week. And most of the Island's local business owners are hoping to retain what summer staff they have left, while they strive to make big sales through Labor Day to help them get through a New England winter.

on July 27th Hustle & Thrive Company and NAMIC New England had another wonderful and successful event with the 2nd Annual Evening of Entrepreneurship & Media event held at The Crossroads Gallery.  We had a dynamic panel of women that brought a truck load of entrepreneurial education, raw emotion and shared journeys that inspired the crowd. Catered by the fabulous Cardboard Box with wine sponsored by Jim's Package Store, both located in Oak Bluffs, our evening was complete. New friends and connections were made and it was an amazing way to head into a busy August.

As a year-round Island resident, I was also proud to have played a small role in i-Fashion Magazine's Summer Fashion Show at the Harbor View Hotel by helping to include our local business community in their event.  It was a beautiful afternoon on the porch overlooking the Edgartown lighthouse, showcasing  Lloyd Crawford's L'Antonio Resort Wear line, accompanied by Dr. Laura Quiros my amazing friend and Diversity and Inclusion business partner.  Local models and vendors participated in the day's festivities and everything and absolutely everyone was so beautiful.

Both of these events fell during Legacy Week On The Vineyard.  Founded by my good friend Sheryl Wesley, Legacy Week highlights HBCU's, school pride and their alumni through various events across the Island.  And if you are part of the Black Travel Movement's HUGE Facebook following, you already know that they plan to include the Vineyard in their travels July 20th-27th 2019 to coincide with next year's Legacy Week activities.  Don't be surprised if Island hotels and rental homes start to fill up before THIS summer even comes to an end!

I may have had some of the most fun during Legacy Week at this Wakanda/Black Panther Movie themed kid's party.  Who had more fun, me or the kiddos?  I already know the answer and there's no shame in my Wakanda game! (M'Baku did not show up though, damn it)

There's still a little bit of summer left to enjoy all that the Island brings us, so I plan on enjoying every moment left before my favorite season (Fall) is upon us.  Then it's all about football, hoodie sweatshirts and pumpkin spice after that.

What's your favorite thing about Martha's Vineyard in the summer?

As always, if I can ever be of any help to you and your business,
don't hesitate to reach out!


Martha's Vineyard Public Relations Launched!

If there's one thing I am good at, it's identifying potential and building upon it once I've found it.  When I met Olive and Hana, I took the same exact approach.  These two gals are brilliant, customer service savvy and a whole lot of fun to be around.  So I did what any small business owner should do.  I presented an opportunity to be a part of something great and empowered them to to embrace their entrepreneurial spirits and be a part of the Hustle and Thrive Company team.

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Martha's Vineyard is such a huge hub of entrepreneurial energy.  From the artisan and farmer's markets to the vibrant art community that line our galleries and coffee shops. The untapped talent and potential on the Vineyard is simply outrageous.  I knew Olive and Hana would help me bring the small business Island community to the next level.  So I made it official and Martha's Vineyard Public Relations was born as a valuable H&T service for the small business community. Olive and Hana will be assisting with all things PR as well as coordinating and working with our local virtual assistants.  You may learn more about them here on the About page!

If you are a small business owner in need of exposure and business storytelling, please reach out to me today for a free consult!

You Cannot Win Without Hustling

I'm a big fan of Evan Carmichael.  He delivers genuine, authentic and relevant information for entrepreneurs that is inspirational, motivational and thought provoking.  His YouTube following is growing by the masses everyday and for good reason.  As a straight hustler, I love this week's video.  It resonates with me and it is great advice for my clients and all of you.  And what better way to start your day on the first official day of spring, then with a little hustling motivation? 

There may be people way ahead of you in your field and craft, but if you hustle harder and work smart you can surpass them all.  

One of the biggest mistakes that I see with businesses on Martha's Vineyard is complacency and resistance to change.  Staying ahead of the curve, being a trend setter and differentiation is a  must. Everyday we see big box stores closing.  And although sad to see (RIP Toys R' Us) this opens the door to Main Street businesses everywhere that differentiate themselves and provide stellar customer experiences.  As THE Martha's Vineyard Business Coach, I help small business owners who want to get ahead and be successful, every damn day. 

Where is one area in your business that you could be hustling harder to get ahead?

If you need help launching or growing your business, reach out to me today.

Get Your Hustle On.

Coming Soon to The Hustle Shop!

I'm excited to share with you a couple of the designs that will be showing up in The Hustle Shop! Each week you will see The Shop filled with inspirational, stylish and educational products and services.  Which of these two is your favorite?

Got a Haters Fan Base?  I know I do! Tell them to make sure they spell your name right and then send them on their way to keep them moving!

Got a Haters Fan Base?  I know I do! Tell them to make sure they spell your name right and then send them on their way to keep them moving!

Do you hustle with caffeine?  Do you turn coffee meetings into income?  However you function, make sure you are turning that coffee into money by the end of the day!

Do you hustle with caffeine?  Do you turn coffee meetings into income?  However you function, make sure you are turning that coffee into money by the end of the day!

Need help expanding your Haters Fan Base?  Reach out to me today for a free coaching consult! 

Hustle & Thrive Company Launches!

Happy 2018 Folks! We're so thrilled that we've officially launched and we can't wait to share what's to come! So who are we and what do we do?  We are a consulting firm that specializes in small business, career, relationship and life coaching.  We're also a lifestyle brand that seeks to educate, empower and inspire women and girls.  In the coming weeks and months you will see The Hustle Shop growing with digital products along with wearable gear and functional home goods that motivate and inspire the entrepreneurial woman's mind and spirit.  We consider it our own little success shop with a preppy flair.

We (India and Dawn) will have lots of events and workshops on the calendar for 2018, so check back often and make sure that you subscribe to our email list (we respect your privacy and promise to only email you awesome and useful tidbits) so that you never miss a beat. 

In addition to changing the lives of our clients, we are always looking for ways to collaborate and support small business, so please never hesitate to reach out to us with ideas on how we might work together! 

Happy New Year from Hustle & Thrive Company!

India & Dawn