Today we’d like to introduce you to Lavonne Scott.
Lavonne, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
For the majority of my adult life I have been in and out of hospitality jobs. At the age of 21 after living in Maui for a year I ended up in Las Vegas for 9 years and I worked all up and down the strip in restaurants such as Joe’s Stone Crab at Caesar’s, Dos Caminos at Palazzo and even Lavo for a stint. I will not lie, I was a TERRIBLE server! We had to go through very extensive training for customer service to work in restaurants such as those and that training has stayed with me for all of the years since.
In the fall of 2010 I moved to San Diego where I have resided since. I fell into a very monotonous office job that had nothing to do with the marketing degree that I had left Las Vegas with. My creativity was put on silent mode and I went through the day to day life of doing the right thing, a steady paycheck, insurance and comfort of having a job that I was not happy at and I did not like.
In the summer of 2016 I lost out on yet another job that I had been interviewing for. At this time, I had been living on a sailboat with my now current fiance for 6 months, as I am crying with disappointment he reminded me… “You are making the decision to work there, drive there and be there.” The very next day I put a date on the calendar and quit that job that was sucking the soul out of me, literally.
I enrolled in a program at SDSU for Meeting & Event Planning, took internships and volunteered anywhere that I could in the event industry. There was one night where I was working for another very large catering company here and I decided, I knew how to cook that, plan that and decorate that. I was known for having dinner parties and themed parties pretty often and with the meeting planning certificate, I thought why not now. The very next day I started on a business plan. That was December of 2016, by spring of 2017 I was officially in business. It has been the greatest adventure to date, so many ups and downs but I am doing what I love day in and day out. I get to be creative, run my own business and be in control of my life.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way? Any advice for other women, particularly young women who are just starting their journey?
It definitely has not been a smooth road but the achievements along the way out number the challenges, or that is how I look at it. Going off on your own for any reason at all, whatever your story may be is never easy. I now look back at ALL of my past jobs and realize that the respect was never there, it wasn’t there because I would let “things” slide. Women are taught to keep their head down and not speak up, I realize now that I have always had a problem doing that “keeping my head down.” What I have learned by starting my own business is nothing will happen if you don’t do it, no one really cares if that project or task gets done, no one will give you respect if you don’t take it. Your the one that will suffer for not following through and in turn your business growth will suffer.
My advice for other women, not just young but anyone looking for a change is write it down. Keep past journals, notes, pictures that remind you of what you want and where you want to end up. I have hundreds of recipes filed and sorted away from sitting at a desk job I hated to pass the time, I keep those as a reminder next to my desk that this is what I was meant to do. I have pictures of what my food labels will look like when and if I ever go down that path….It is really energizing to see old notes from past parties I did, now it is a small business and I am loving every minute of it!
Sage Bleu Catering – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Sage Bleu Catering is part catering, personal chef and event coordination. I have had jobs for each but the cooking part is what I just have fallen in love with. Being able to create something from nothing has really become a challenge for me and it shows with each and every job I complete.
I specialize in creating an experience first and foremost, I can come up with the menu, plan the dinner or event, decorate the table then execute, all the while with excellent customer service. If it is a personal chef job and you need the table decorated with beautiful dinnerware, I can provide that or help set it up prior. If you need help with the final touches for a large party that you have been planning for months, I can help with the decor or theme. My services range with each request and no one job is alike but I am able to do it all without having to have one-person prep and cook or another plan then decorate, I am able to see the full picture from day one.
What I am extremely proud about is that I stopped talking about starting this endeaver and actually did it after talking about it for close to 5 years. I have followed through with my words and my actions and with each accomplishment it only makes me stronger as an individual and a woman owned business. The thing that I believe truly sets me apart is my service, my attention to the smallest of details along my communication style. Time and time again I am told you were the quickest and the most thorough, that is what has set me apart from day one.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is following through and taking the first step. I had no idea how to do so many things a year ago, the learning curve won’t be as great this year but it will be a different set of skills to acquire. One of my absolute favorite books is “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown. In my office I have one of her quotes framed so that I look at it every day to remind me to keep at it.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
That statement is so true when you are running your own business, just show up, take the step, let things fall into place and learn from the stumbles as they arise.
- Website: www.sagebleucatering.com
- Phone: 619-940-9324
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