New Business in Town to Host Chamber Networking Event
May 20, 2015 03:00PM
● By Kevin
The event takes place Thursday, May 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1285 N. Main St., Suite 101-7. Chisholm Business Services joined the Mansfield Chamber of Commerce in April of this year after opening its doors in late-2014.
We had an opportunity to ask owner Allenna Rogers a few questions about the business and its future.
Mansfield Magazine: Tell us your story - how did you go about coming to Mansfield, opening shop and getting to the point in which you operate today?
Allenna Rogers: In 2005, I accepted an admin position for a local commercial real estate company. Through a series of life events, I ended up without a job and without a place to live. I stayed with a friend for a while and then I met and married my wonderful husband in 2011. God was definitely working in my life to bring me to this adventure. I came back to work for the commercial real estate company and when I ended up back at my original desk, I was excited. Then, ownership changed and they were no longer offering “Executive Suites” services. Once again, I was going to be out of a job, but this time with a husband that is a true partner, and a severance package, I came up with a plan that would keep me in my beloved office, and offer a new beginning for us.
I had been researching ideas in anticipation of unemployment, and began looking into the virtual office plan. I began thinking of the folks that work from home and would need a business address and a place to meet clients so I created a plan and presented it to the current management company and they accepted it. I knew that I wanted the room to reflect my deep pride in being a Native Texan and I wanted an upscale Texas feel to the room. I have gotten incredible feedback on it and know I accomplished that. I knew that I would need to offer a unique set of services and I knew what I wanted and needed in an Executive Conference Room. I knew I wanted it to basically run itself so my clients and their clients could have seamless and productive meetings. I have gotten wonderful feedback from the folks that have used it.
MM: How have things been so far? What are some of the things you've done this year already and what do you plan on doing the rest of the year to promote the business?
Rogers: We joined the Mansfield Area Chamber of Commerce and had our ribbon cutting on April 1. It was a wonderful experience. We are also having a Business After Hours on May 21.
I have made some great new relationships through the chamber and a couple of networking meetings I have visited. We are trying to figure out the best marketing strategies for our limited budget. We are also planning a property wide Fun Family Day where everyone that leases at North Main Business Park can set up marketing ideas and the public, as well as families of tenants can have some family fun together and network, at the same time. A win-win.
MM: What are your plans for the shop within the next 5 years?
Rogers: My 5-year plan includes having a space for a seminar/classroom, as well as having small offices to be rented by the day. Another part of my plan is to have other locations for Chisholm Business Services.
MM: To you, what makes
Rogers: What I feel makes Mansfield great is the fact that it is
growing and has a great economy, and yet it keeps a lot of its small town
charm. It blends the old with the new
MM: Anything else you'd like to add?
Rogers: One of my favorite sayings goes something like, “If you always do, what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.” I try to always keep this in mind because I do not want to repeat past mistakes. I want to take Chisholm Business Services and Enchanted Errands as far as they can go and beyond. I have this vision for my businesses and I never see failure in my vision.
I know I have a great product and getting the word
out to the folks that need it is my obstacle, at the moment, but I was raised
by two very hard working parents and was taught a great work ethic, for which I
am eternally grateful. They are gone
now, but I feel them every day helping me remember how far I have come and how
far I can still go.