Small Biz Salute

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Do you have a cool story on how you met your best friend? I met mine in the delivery room while getting my spinal with P. If that doesn’t take the cake for one of the craziest ways of meeting, I don’t know what does 😉 But I met her that way because she is a photographer and I had hired her to do birth photos for us. I had just moved to the area and hadn’t had a chance to meet her yet, so that just happened the first time we met.
I’m sure you’ve seen her name around here before, because she also takes my blog photos each week. She is Amy Hess from Amy Hess Photography and she’s absolutely fabulous. She began working as a property manager for a few years before she realized she had a passion in photography. She started messing around with a camera and taught herself everything. With a background in business, she decided to take her passion and run with it. And three years later, she has her own studio in Columbus, GA and has shot multiple births, newborns, weddings, and more.
She’s one of the many business owners that decided to take a risk and go into business themselves. Small business owners spend their own money, sweat, blood, and tears and follow their dreams of pursuing their passion. From clothing lines to farm equipment to craft beer and more, small businesses are the backbone of the economic machine that runs our country.
Remember last week when I mentioned a super fun event I went to in Atlanta on Thursday night?! This was it! It was The Small Biz Salute hosted by The UPS Store in honor of small business week. It was held at Sky Lounge in Atlanta, GA from 5:30-7:30 pm… and we had a blast!






We enjoyed drinks, apps, and networking with various small business owners from Atlanta. I also had the chance to meet a few other bloggers and it was SO much fun meeting them “in real life”. We all clicked and had so much fun together. Amy was also able to meet them and we are currently planning an event to meet up again and have her come to photograph it 🙂




A few different speakers took the mic to talk about how they started their small business or the importance of small businesses. The CEO of King of Pops was absolutely hysterical, and I loved his story and how he took a dream and made it a reality. It really resonated with me when he said if you have a dream you should take it and run with it. There’s never a perfect time but if you don’t try, you’ll never know if you could have succeeded.
The UPS Store offers over 4,400 locations nationwide and are committed to helping small business owners succeed. Each location is locally owned and operated, and therefore making them small business owners themselves! Amy and I had a discussion about how she ships and receives all of her print orders, business materials, etc and I was excited to hear it was via The UPS Store 🙂
I’ve teamed up with The UPS Store to give away FOUR $25 gift cards! So whether you’re a small business owner or know someone who is, enter the Rafflecopter below to win one of them! Winner will be chosen next Monday… good luck!




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