Russella Lucien wanted to combine her experience with event planning and her interest in project management in a business platform. Out of this, Tangy Blossom was born. The business name comes from embracing the difficult (tangy) and the beautiful (blossom) in planning any event. When planning events there will likely be some difficulties, but Lucien says that at the end of the day seeing the smiles and hearing the laughter, makes the struggle worth it. She believes that uplifting and joyous events provide bonding experiences and positive memories for family and friends. The mission of Tangy Blossom is to help facilitate these experiences by providing tools for people to plan and organize events that lead to happy memories.
Lucien’s tools solve the problem of having a lot of great ideas for an event but not having a coherent system to organize these ideas. Her tools also provide the space to map out how these planning activities will lead to meeting the goals of the event. In addition to tips that use project management techniques for small event planning, these tools include fillable forms for breakdowns for scope, schedule and budget, and work breakdown structure so that people can get a visual of the elements of the event and see any potential planning gaps.
The pandemic has been challenging for Tangy Blossom. The business provides tools for in-person events and the successive lockdowns made in-person celebrations impossible. Lucien is early in her product development but expects to sell more tools as the economy improves and in-person celebrations become feasible.
Lucien chose the WEC Start My Business Bootcamp Program because of the program’s excellent reputation of supporting female entrepreneurs. The program provided her with the tools to set up and run a small business. The weekly meetings and the systematic approach to all the elements of running a business forced her to take her business seriously. In addition, she learned to adjust to the roadblocks and unexpected obstacles that are a part of the entrepreneurial journey.
Glodeane Brown is the Founder and Editor of the Culture Fancier blog where she regularly writes about arts and culture events, and interviews creative professionals. She is an arts management professional living and working in Kitchener, Ontario.
The Women Entrepreneurship Centre (WEC), as part of the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University, is dedicated to empowering women entrepreneurs of every age, stage and culture to achieve their business dreams. We believe in fostering leadership. We believe that everyone deserves an equal shot at success. We believe in connecting you with the right people, skills and support to make it happen.
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