Q&A with Michelle Petrocelli, owner of Precious Angels Child Center

Q. What is the biggest challenge you face as a small business owner?

A. As a small business owner I faced once large challenge – it was being a woman. Being a woman was tough for the banks to take me seriously along with the real estate agents to show me properties. So once I showed them that I knew what I was doing with my prior knowledge and my background they finally took me seriously.

Q. What is the proudest moment you’ve had as a small business owner?

A. As a business owner the proudest moment I’ve had, and I have it almost daily is when a client comes in and says they are here on a referral – by them coming in and telling me another client referred them due to what we’re doing here with the early childhood ed. We’re very happy each and every day that someone comes in and gives us the recognition for what we do and what we stand for.

Q. What advice would you give to anyone thinking of starting a business?

A. My advice for anyone starting their own business is to have passion and energy for what you’re going to do. Don’t go into a business just to make money. If you don’t have the passion for it, you’re not going to have the energy for it. And also the other thing is have money. Money that is going to back you up and that is going to get through in case you go through hard times because you will go through hard times with the economy. But if you can have money put aside and your passion is still there and your energy level is still there you’ll make it through.

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