This week we are having an open house – our door is literally open – and people can come and visit us to learn what it’s like to work at a startup. The evening is organized by Startup Open House and Startup Calgary, and we’re thrilled to take part in the inaugural Calgary event. Participating in Startup Open House alongside 36 other startups in the city gives us a chance to meet with other people in the entrepreneurial community and potential new team members who are interested in Helcim’s available positions. Most importantly, there’s free sushi.
Since we are focused on building community this week, I want to talk about one of my biggest mistakes. When I was first building Helcim, I didn’t spend enough time networking or meeting other people, and I really regret it.
When we started doing this vlog we decided to really put ourselves out there and as a result, I have met more people in the last eight months than I did in my entire first ten years of business. I’ve gotten the opportunity to connect with all types of people from clients, to vendors, and other entrepreneurs. Now I have this whole community of people who support us and are interested in what Helcim is doing.
Having a community is awesome, and it helps your business stay connected. By reaching out and building a community, you’ll be able to surround yourself with supportive and inspiring people who can help move your business forward and share new opportunities with you. I’ve learned to let go of my hesitations around if my business is “big enough” or if I’m “successful enough” because no one cares about those things, entrepreneurs just want to connect with other passionate entrepreneurs.
Whether it’s a business community or a personal community, I can say from experience that putting yourself out there and making connections is worth it, so don’t shy away from building a community for as long as I did.
While we’re on the topic of putting yourself out there, I have to thank everyone who visited Helcim during the Startup Open House and took part in our Helcim Vlog Experience contest. We invited attendees to film the outro to the vlog for a chance to be featured in the upcoming vlog (and some cool prizes). It’s not easy to step in front of the camera, so I applaud everyone who stepped out of their comfort zone to do so. Be sure to watch all the way to the end of this week’s vlog to see who the winner was.