Working Women Wednesday: Emily Harpel

Working Women Wednesday is a weekly feature highlighting the hard-working, wonderful women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature is the Owner of Art of Sucre, Emily Harpel.

Photo courtesy of  Sharon Hughes Photography .

Photo courtesy of Sharon Hughes Photography.

Your Local Girl Gang: What is your mission statement? When did you launch?

Emily Harpel: Art of Sucre is an artisanal cotton candy company that has put a spin on a traditional, childhood treat. Our services include cart service with fresh spun cones, Champagne toppers, and pre-packaged containers of delicious cotton candy. With unique, custom flavors and creative toppings we promise to bring that touch of whimsy to any event! We launched in June of 2016!

YLGG: When and how did the idea for your business come to you?

EH: While I was planning my wedding I just happened upon these really cute cotton candy favors on Pinterest. I couldn’t stop thinking about them and when plans for graduate school fell through, I just knew this was what I needed to do. The funny thing about my whole story is that I don’t love cotton candy!

YLGG: What did you do before you started your business?

EH: I was a full-time college student and a part time event planner at a church. When I graduated I continued working as an event planner, I started Art of Sucre on the side. After about a year, I stepped down from my role at the church and Sucre became my full-time gig!

YLGG: What is the best piece of business advice you have received?

EH: DELEGATE! It can be so challenging in the beginning, but learning to outsource things you don’t enjoy or don’t have time for has been huge. I am still learning this skill, but this past year I have learned that I can’t do it all and it’s okay to rely on other people to get the job done. 

YLGG: What piece of advice would you give to women starting their own business?

EH: It may sound simple, but put yourself out there. Be seen, get to know people, and work to make genuine connections with people in your community! When you show up for other people, they will show up for you- and that’s for life in general and your business.

YLGG: What do you like most about your workspace?

EH: Now that I have an official studio space, I love that I have one place to go and be in work-mode. I can go in, buckle down and check everything off of my to-do list. It’s also such a gift to have a beautiful space to meet clients in for taste testings!

YLGG: Have any mistakes shaped the way you run your business today?

EH: YES! In the past I agreed to so many things that I should have never said yes to. From lowering prices when a potential client pressured me, saying yes to an event or show for free, or committing to too many obligations in one week and feeling run down, I have done it all. I have learned to say no when needed and to setting up boundaries for myself.

YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?

EH: This isn’t even really business related, but I don’t ever go a day without reading. Even if it’s just one chapter before bed. 

YLGG: Name a woman, past or present, who you admire.

EH: One woman that I truly look up to is Adriana Carrig (Botti) who is the founder of Little Words Project. She is not only business savvy, but she is truly making a difference in young girls lives with her company.

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