Interview with Vickie MacFadden, MD, that’s Marketing Doctor! , CEO ~

Tell us about your business?
We help businesses with their marketing promos, tradeshow giveaways, corporate and employee gifts. If it can be imprinted or embroidered, we know the best items at the best prices!

Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
Being a business owner means the buck truly stops here. No excuses. It also means  calling the shots and having freedom and flexibility. I became an entrepreneur initially because I was jealous of several entrepreneurs who I knew. How’s that for brutal honesty?! They made their own schedules. They were challenged…I liked that! This is actually our 4th business in the last 10 years! So I really embraced entrepreneurship!

What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why? My greatest influences in business are many!
I am an avid reader and constantly trying to grow and learn. I read everyone and everything as it relates to growing the business, providing ultimate customer service, etc. 

What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
Growing into an online competitor!

What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Best advice: never rest on your laurels. Keep growing! Keep learning!

What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
Embrace Change!

Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you succeed?
Jeffrey Gitomer’s books. John Maxwell’s books and tapes. Yahoo store owners forum.

What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
We have a new website in the works and a new retail business. The goal is to have both up and running in the next 6-12 months. There, I said it!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
There’s a quote from Michael Jordan that says the reason he is so successful is because he failed so many times. How do I interpret that? Try. Follow your dreams. If you fail, you will learn. And you will get better.

How can our readers find you online?   twitter:  @PROMOrx_Vickie