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Building a Dream Business is Hard Work!
July 11, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am$25.00
Speaker: Annette Jaehn, fought to purchase her dream home. Now, in partnership with her husband Sean, they are working to create a dream business – their Greeley Farm Weddings & Event Center at SASH Ranch is evolving out of that dream home!
Before giving birth to Greeley Farm Weddings, Annette started Mile High Stucco with husband Sean in 1998; then she started Slaughterhouse Derby Girls in 2006 after falling in love with roller derby. She helped build the Junior Bulldogs nonprofit at University Schools, where her son and daughter attend school, to support young athletes. While renovating their new home, Annette also started a short lived blog while living in their camper for 132 days. She also creates beautiful jewelry, which is yet another way she releases her amazing creativity.
Annette is a true entrepreneur. She says, “I just keep searching for my “dream job,” keeping busy with little projects along the way that fulfilled little “mini dreams” while searching for the big dream business.
You will walk away from this workshop knowing how to:
- Stay focused and motivated towards your goal.
- Accept changes along the way without feeling like a failure.
- Take what you currently have and make it your “dream.”
Annette will share the businesses and ideas she has built in the past with us. She will discuss the challenges of the current business and how those challenges have been faced. She explained, “Our business plan is honestly in flux right now. Our original idea was to be a wedding venue primarily, but we are now thinking of doing farm dinners, crafting events, fundraisers, etc. We are feeling more like we want to be a host of events rather than just a venue. Weddings are still on the table, however the vision continues to grow and expand.
Annette will also guide us through how to make your current situation your “dream” even without building a different or new business.
Meet Annette Jaehn:
Annette’s mother is a Greeley native and her dad grew up in Denver. They moved to Iowa before she was born and that’s where she started her life. They moved to Florida when she was 7. Her dad was always a “head honcho” wherever he worked. He never owned his own business, but he ran all the businesses where he was employed. Annette explained that his attitude and work ethic is part of who she is today.
The first “big thing” she ever did was move to Colorado. That took courage as an only child, moving 2,000 miles away from her folks was a big leap of faith for Annette. When she started college in Florida – she was miserable. So her Mom suggested she apply to CSU. She did and found out she was accepted one week before she had to pack up her things and move. She believes taking that risk and it working out so well fueled her fire and showed her that taking risks can pay off.
After college, two things happened. One was getting a job working as a Vet Tech at a new vet hospital in Fort Collins, where she quickly moved from nurse to hospital director and at 23-years-old she blossomed with all that responsibility of running the hospital. She did all the hiring, firing, ordering, and managed the entire hospital operation.
The other thing that occurred, was witnessing her then fiancée working a dead end job when she knew he could be running his own company doing the same thing. She knew his talents were being wasted so two months before they married (and only 10 months after they had met), Annette encouraged Sean to start his own stucco company. She helped with the paperwork to get things started and supported him as he started building his business. In 2004, they came together as a couple in a big way. They took on all the risk and debt of the company and Annette started working with Sean full time.
Since we met in 1998, they have restored 3 historic homes, and grown immensely as a couple and a team. They work hard together, play hard together, and fight all of their battles side by side. Annette hopes that their passion is a good example for their kids and that they have instilled in them the drive to fight for what they want in life too.
As far as the farm house, it was always a dream to be in the country, close to the mountains, in a house with siding. They started with a 2 bedroom bungalow in Eaton and after restoring that home together before our kids were born, they had been bitten by the restoration bug. Their second home was in historic Cranford in Greeley. That home was also restored and they lived there 7 years.
Their current house was a lucky find. They fell in love with it even in all of its disrepair. The wedding venue wasn’t even on their minds. They just wanted a small acreage where the kids could run around. And they wanted to raise animals to feed their family. The venue idea came only after they had done a year’s worth of work and people kept telling them how beautiful it could be for weddings.
Currently the Jaehn Family has 8 Nigerian Dwarf goats they intend to use for milk, 11 chickens they use for eggs. They raise 2 or 3 hogs a year, and have cows they raise for meat. Last year they had bees, but this year they didn’t get a swarm. Raising their own food brings Annette a great sense of pride.
We are now in the process of figuring out exactly HOW we want to use the property Annette said. She explains, “Sean and I remain on the same page as we are figuring out together and continuing our journey through these unknowns as a team. I’m very grateful for that as I know many couples can’t work together like we do.”
“One big thing I have learned is that it’s difficult for someone to “have it all.” I don’t know anyone who has lots of money, a happy marriage, an easy life, great kids, a job they love, etc. There’s always part of everyone’s life that’s difficult. Sometimes “having it all” is making the absolute best of what you do have and appreciating the life you’re living. I think that’s what drives me.”
Once you are paid and registered for this July 11th Workshop, I will email you the Jaehn’s address and travel instructions north of Greeley off Highway 85. Since this is also their home, we are protecting the location. It’s not a long drive; it will be worth every minute of travel for this wonderful networking morning together surrounded by nature and a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains! I just made the trip from Aunt Helen’s Coffee House downtown in 8 minutes and from Aims in 16 minutes (traveling on O Street).
Catering by: Amy Hutson, Aunt Helen’s Coffee House
Check-in Hostesses: Chelesia Beller, East CO SBDC & UNC Biz Hub & Evelyn Stiefel, A-Frame Mortgage
Greeter: Kimberly Gilbert, Nerium International will be sharing the volunteer option sign-up sheet for future workshops.
Clean-up: Sheryl Lutteringer, Color Street (Nails); Verniece Thomas, United Way of Weld County; Allison Dunning, Balloon Art by Merry Makers; Pam Groeger- Five Rings Financial
Our Sister-to-Sister/Pay it Forward: will benefit: The Weld Food Bank. This month’s philanthropic effort will be coordinated by Allison Dunning, Balloon Art by Merry Makers. Bring an extra $5 + your business card for the drawing and help us support those who are hungry throughout Weld County!
Thank you for registering promptly! Have a wonderful 4th of July!!