Grit. Grace. Grind.
I started Candice Luter Art + Interiors in my house. I always loved making things and I wondered if I could make some money using remnants I had around my house. I taught myself to use power tools and processes so I could recreate what I loved making. I recruited my young daughter to help me with everything from making the art to packing up a UHaul for selling at farmer's markets.
As my business grew and I realized I needed more help than just family. It was incredibly important to me to be the kind of leader I always wanted: stay true to myself, true to my team, and true to those I sell to.
As I migrated out of my home to a design studio (aka The Warehouse), it was important that I hired women to make the magic happen. I also believed in setting a direction for us to work toward from the very beginning. I took time to write down our mission statement which turned into a list of core values that I think are a little off the beaten path for a business but are EXACTLY what a collaborative business like Candice Luter Art + Interiors needs.
At The Warehouse....
- We find purpose to dream bigger, reach further, and jump higher in ourselves FIRST and then to those around us. If you can’t be good to yourself, you can’t be good to anyone around you.
- We are in this together. Building a community of strong women who lend a hand, lean on each other, and lift each other up. Always.
- We work hard. And when the going gets tough, we get going. We are the Rosie Riveters of our uncertain times. Looking past what is happening around us but focusing on what is before us. One common goal, one common heart.
- We listen first before speaking. We encourage open communication seeking to hear and understand before responding. Above all respect for one another no matter their age, background, and history.
- We share knowledge. To learn from one another not in fear of competition but in favor of collaboration. Each of us has unique God-given talents that should be encouraged, fostered, and supported in a positive uplifting way.
- We fail hard. Failing is necessary and obstacles are opportunities. We look to discover new ideas, new efficiencies, and new avenues to expand knowledge and experience growth
- And finally, we do "WE". Regardless of the name on the brand, this is a team of "we". We are all on the same playing field, just different positions and every position is important. One cannot work without the other.
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