In 2015, Melodic Elements became a champion, an American Small Business Champion. A friend of mind, a successful business owner herself, came to me with the championship information and encouraged me to enter. This friend believed I had something valuable and thought I had a great chance of winning. I’ll admit I was scared and hesitant. I was only a few months in from officially starting my business and thought there was no way I could enter such a contest. There were so many things I still needed to learn and do, however I decided to enter.
To enter, I had to answer the question, “What dream would you be able to achieve if you were to win this Championship?” through a video of 30-60 seconds, or with a photo and written response of no more than 1,500 characters and needed at least 100 votes to be eligible. I decided to submit my business logo and a written response.
Full of self-doubt, I sat down at the computer and starting typing. I told them my story. I talked about my passion, my reason for creating Melodic Elements and where I would like the business to go.
The SCORE Foundation and Sam’s Club picked two small businesses from each state to become champions. A month or so had past and I honestly had not thought about the contest anymore. One day I received a message from that same friend saying that I had won the championship for the state of Kentucky. I must have been in shock because I honestly thought she was asking me if I won and my response was simply I don’t think so because I haven’t heard anything. My friend’s message was screaming at me through the computer screen as she was trying to explain to me once again that I actually won. I proceeded to go to the website and there listed among the other 101 National Champions was the business name, Melodic Elements.
I think I screamed at this point. Did I really win? Is this really happening? I was overwhelmed and overjoyed at the same time. As a champion I was gifted with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card and SCORE training at the regional Training and Networking Event to help achieve my business dream. I attended a business symposium and celebration in Jacksonville, FL…all expenses paid. This would be my very first time ever on an airplane and what a wonderful way to experience that very first time.
I met so many wonderful people there, other small business owners. Some were at the same level with me, some were literally just starting out and others had created a very successful business and had been operating for a while. I can say I learned something from each and every one there. I also learned a lot about myself, my motivation, tenacity and strength.
Winning that championship has opened many doors for Melodic Elements and the future is looking bright. I am proud to say that I AM A CHAMPION!