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A Well-Designed Business® | Interior Design Business Podcast

In today's world being a talented interior designer isn't enough to ensure that you have a profitable and successful interior design business. Design school doesn't always teach you the critical business skills to be sure your interior design business be everything you imagined it would be! A Well Designed Business is here to fill in the gaps and give you real live business skills from some of the top interior designers. Your host, LuAnn Nigara shares her 35 years of success in the interior design industry, and she finds the most successful guests to share their interior design business best practices.
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May 17, 2024

Today With Katie Krimitsos:

Today with Katie Krimitsos, we explore the transformative power of meditation and mindfulness, especially for entrepreneurs. As the founder of the Women's Meditation Network, Katie shares her personal journey of using meditation to navigate the challenges of life, motherhood and entrepreneurship.
In this episode, Katie dives deep into the practical tools and strategies she uses to stay grounded and focused, even in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. From the importance of creating space for self-reflection to the power of listening to your intuition, Katie offers insights for creating a well-designed life and a thriving business that truly align with your purpose.

Pick It Apart

[00:55] LuAnn shares the story of how she first met Katie at a podcasting conference in 2016 and how their friendship has evolved.

[05:33] Katie explains how her meditation podcasts provide tools for women to get to know themselves, listen to their intuition, and make decisions to build a well-designed life and business.

[12:20] Katie reads the beginning of a raw, relatable meditation she wrote about losing her temper with her child, illustrating how she creates meditations to help women process real-life experiences and emotions.

[20:58] LuAnn and Katie discuss the importance of asking for help and support when you need it, and being willing to receive it, as Katie shares an example from her own life.

[25:53] Katie and LuAnn explore the idea of using meditation as a tool for self-discovery and making space to hear your inner voice, not just for relaxation or sleep.

[34:44] Katie emphasizes that our seasons change and our needs change, especially as entrepreneurs, encouraging finding what works for you in each moment.

LuAnn Nigara and Katie Krimitsos's Ah-Ha Moments

“[Meditation] is is a tool for self awareness that allows us to not be held down by the guilt or the shame of what it was and the humaneness that we're experiencing in moments, and allows us instead to open a space to this deep spiritual person that we are, and it allows that intuition to speak to us. And then we can then move forward based on what that intuition tells us, because she's always right.” - Katie Krimitsos

“Taking time for…meditation exploration — that's giving the place in my mind for all of the thoughts that come during all of those activities to show up…the really important things that my goddess voice wants me to know will bubble up in that complete quiet and rest.” - LuAnn Nigara

“In that recognition that you are the observer of the thoughts and not the thoughts themselves, there's an enormous amount of space that gets created there — this sort of separation…So it just allows space for that voice to start coming through and start having you pay attention to it or having you having it guide you to whatever needs to be done.” - Katie Krimitsos

More About Katie Krimitsos

The new beginning of the Women’s Meditation Network began when Katie was going through a painful ending. She had just discovered she was pregnant with her second daughter and all of a sudden, she knew the podcast and business she had been running was no longer for her. Confused and uncertain, she slowed down and got quiet. Within that quiet, the Women’s Meditation Network – and her daughter -was born in 2018.


Never perfect and always real, Katie has been using meditation as a tool to come within so she can create an intentional life. She’s a mom of two incredible daughters, wife to a soulful husband, and loves animals so much, she won’t kill a bug. Most of her wisdom has come from the depths of pain, and her writing seeks to connect us all in this human experience.

Connect with Katie Krimitsos

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

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Other Shows Mentioned:

#253: Katie Krimitsos – Discussing the Common Struggles of Entrepreneurship

#533: Power Talk Friday: Katie Krimitsos: Listening to Ourselves

#881: Power Talk Friday: Katie McDonald: Self-Care is Key to a Thriving, Well-Designed Business

#974: Power Talk Friday: Katie McDonald: How to Prioritize Your Well-being in Your Interior Design Business

Other Resources Mentioned:

Schwartz Design Showroom on May 22nd

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May 14, 2024

Today With Kathy Kuo:

Hi, welcome to a Well-Designed Business. Have you taken the time to identify your core values? To actively write them down and define what they mean to you? And if so, have you taken it a step further and pulled those values into your interactions, your hiring, your firing, and your feedback?
Core values might be easy to push to the side. But if done right, they reduce conflict, make decision-making easier, and provide important clarity for your business. 
Today, I’m joined by Kathy Kuo to unpack core values and discuss how to embody them in your business and your processes.

Pick It Apart

[4:52] LuAnn and Kathy discuss the importance of values not just to you but to your clients, your employees, and the culture of your business.

[12:52] LuAnn reflects on what happens when you don’t establish company values.

[19:06] Kathy and LuAnn talk about how to decide which values are important enough to make the core values list.

[38:36] Kathy shares the process she uses to make tough employment decisions.

[47:28] Kathy discusses her design trade program and what it offers for designers.

LuAnn Nigara and Kathy Kuo's Ah-Ha Moments

“The real question is, are you hiring and firing based on these values, and how does that actually translate to your customers, because your clients actually buy your core values.” -Kathy

“When we sat down to write out the values, I had a list of 10, which I knew was too many. And the integrator said, these are all important to your business. But this was the money line. He then asked me, what are the things you would hire and fire on? And that was the lightning bolt of clarity for me.” -LuAnn

More About Kathy Kuo

Kathy Kuo is the CEO of Kathy Kuo Home, a recognized tv personality, and a celebrated interior designer. Published in the press as an international guru within the home and lifestyle space, Kathy has an unmatched eye for curating, sourcing and designing luxury furniture and homewares. Today, she continues to develop the fastest growing online platform in the home and design industry.
Kathy has 20+ years of experience in the home industry and now serves as a speaker and activist for female entrepreneurs. It is her mission to support women to intentionally grow and scale value-focused teams.

Connect with Kathy Kuo

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

Get The Goodies!

For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

Connect with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn’s Website
LuAnn’s Blog
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Other Shows Mentioned:

#190: Kathy Kuo – How Kathy Kuo Home, the Online Boutique, Can Assist Your Interior Design Firm

Other Resources Mentioned:

Schwartz Design Showroom on May 22nd

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May 10, 2024

Today With Rachael Bozsik Johanson:

Hi, welcome to a Well Designed Business. It’s Power Talk Friday. 
We all know by now that we should niche, but the struggle lies in the how. What IS my only? What IS my superpower? How do I figure it out? 
And that’s where my guest today, Rachael Bozsik Johanson, really shines. Her superpower is finding the superpower of others and teaching them how to use it to elevate their business, their services, their marketing, and their sales process. 
Today, Rachael is here to share how to discover that superpower of yours, and more specifically how to take it and use it to land the right clients, market yourself strategically, and transition to the true luxury market.

Pick It Apart

[1:50]: Rachael and LuAnn talk about the “5% tweak” that changes the game for branding, messaging, and positioning.

[13:46]: Rachael unpacks how to transition from the “general practitioner” to valued specialist.

[18:45]: Rachael and LuAnn discuss how to tap into your past experiences to discover the special something you’re sitting on.

[24:43] Rachael highlights how to use your superpower to craft your messaging, services, and processes.

[46:55] Rachael and LuAnn talk about the power of standing out (and how to do it right).

[57:06] Rachael shares how to use your superpower to attract clients, including leveraging partnerships. 

LuAnn Nigara and Rachael Bozsik Johanson's Ah-Ha Moments

“A lot of the women I work with aren’t clear on their story. And how can you expect your clients to get clear on your story if you aren’t clear on it yourself?” -Rachael

“The level of detail and research that you do, and the level of what’s included in the ultimate deliverable when you work with you is incomprehensible actually.” -LuAnn

More About Rachael Bozsik Johanson

Rachael Bozsik Johanson is an international keynote speaker and Thought Leadership Coach for female entrepreneurs within the creative field.

It is Rachael’s mission to empower entrepreneurial women to position themselves as world-class thought leaders and public figures in their niche via the press, paid speaking, and partnerships. Think – a feature in Arch Digest, mic at High Point Market, and Partnership with Loloi. Rachael’s clients include award-winning interior designers, HGTV personalities, and internationally recognized creatives.

Rachael has been applauded for her work in numerous international publications as a top-tier expert in elite brand positioning in 40 national outlets including Forbes, Glamour, Business Insider etc.. Through her work as a professional speaker, she has empowered close to 100,000+ women on stages including Harvard Business School, Design Influencers Conference, (ASID) American Society of Interior Designers NYC, IIDA, Cornell, Bermuda’s SBA, SPANX HQ just to name a few. She has also had the opportunity to partner with incredible brands including Oprah’s Leadership Academy, Loreal, Sephora, Kendra Scott etc.

Connect with Rachael Bozsik Johanson

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

Get The Goodies!

For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.
To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

Connect with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn’s Website
LuAnn’s Blog
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Other Shows Mentioned:

#830 Anne Gillyard: Capitalizing on Your “You” to Grow Your Interior Design Business

#759 Power Talk Friday: Rachael Bozsik: Discover Your Goldmine and Unleash Your Marketing

#651 Power Talk Friday: Rachael Boszik: Gaining Credibility in Interior Design

#976: On Air Strategy Sessions: Is a Disconnect Causing Your Ideal Clients to Walk Away?

Other Resources Mentioned:

Schwartz Design Showroom on May 22nd

May 7, 2024

Today With Jennifer Chukwujekwe:

Today with Jennifer Chukwujekwe, we’re heading to Nigeria (virtually) to learn about the incredible work she is doing to transform the interior design industry in her home country. As the President of the Interior Designers Association of Nigeria and the founder, CEO, and creative director of Jenniez Designs, Jennifer shares her entrepreneurial spirit and problem-solving skills as she navigates the unique challenges faced by designers in Africa.

From building a furniture factory to address sourcing issues to starting a school to educate aspiring designers, Jennifer's resourcefulness knows no bounds. She also offers valuable insights into the cultural nuances of Nigeria's 250 ethnic groups and how she adapts her design solutions to cater to these diverse needs.

Throughout the episode, Jennifer emphasizes the importance of collaboration and networking within the design community, both locally and internationally. Her call to action is a powerful reminder that by working together, sharing knowledge, and supporting one another, we can all take our businesses to new heights.

Pick It Apart

[13:05] Jennifer discusses the challenges of interior design in Nigeria, and what she is doing to help solve these problems.

[23:48] LuAnn asks Jennifer about her business model and what kind of projects she normally takes on.

[27:49] Jennifer and LuAnn discuss the interior design school Jennifer started, Jenniez Designs, what it offers, and why it is so exciting to have this in Nigeria.

[35:59] Jennifer shocks LuAnn with more entrepreneurial ventures she has developed as solutions for students at her school.

[41:22] Jennifer explains how her design business coaching program works, and discusses common challenges with LuAnn.

[50:15] LuAnn and Jennifer discuss the diversity in Nigeria, with over 250 ethnic groups each with their own language and cultures, and how that impacts design.

[1:05:55] Jennifer shares a common custom in Nigeria and expands on why it is important to be respectful of your clients and their culture.

LuAnn Nigara and Jennifer Chukwujekwe's Ah-Ha Moments

“I’m on a mission. I just like to solve problems. And I tell people, I only solve problems within the industry. Once it's outside the industry, I'm not interested…I'm just passionate about the industry. I'm passionate about interior design, and passionate about transforming lives and businesses to interior design.” - Jennifer Chukwujekwe

“I don't think [anyone] expects each of you to be perfect…But it's taking the time to understand your client. That's what the onus is on the design industry — is to not just to make assumptions that this person has the same values and the same beliefs that you do about the items and the colors and the selections.” - LuAnn Nigara

More About Jennifer Chukwujekwe

Jennifer  Chukwujekwe is a Wife, Mother, Experienced Interior designer, Author and Coach. The first interior design business coach in Nigeria.

She teaches interior designers how to build, grow and scale their business, so they can make profit, become successful and live a fulfilling life through Design.

She is a three-time graduate of Commercial Interior Design, Business and Branding and Interior Design from the Interior Design Institute UK. She has a first degree in Geology and Masters in Applied Computing and IT from the University of Bedfordshire UK. A Graduate of Entrepreneurial Essentials from Harvard Business School Cohort November 2021.

Prior to coaching, she launched her interior design company- Jenniez Designs.

Connect with Jennifer Chukwujekwe

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

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To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

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Connect with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn’s Website
LuAnn’s Blog
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Other Shows Mentioned:

AWDB #908: Jessica Bantom: How to Be a Culturally Competent Design Activist & Why You Want to Be One (Part 1)


AWDB #912: Jessica Bantom Continued: Take Action With the Six Habits of Culturally Competent Designers

Other Resources Mentioned:

Jessica Bantom’s book: Design For Identity — Jessica Bantom - Leadership Coach & Consultant

May 3, 2024

Today With Shelli Warren

Today, on A Well-Designed Business, I am joined by Shelli Warren, distinguished Women's Leadership Advisor, and the host of the Stacking Your Team podcast. Do you believe the misconception that success is only attached to working for a corporation? If so, you may have little faith in hiring the right team, because as you will hear from Shelli, you have much to offer the right person in the form of a career.

Pick It Apart:

[6:07] Shelli shares her philosophy that her clients should understand that they have value and can provide valuable careers for employees.

[12:28] Before you even post a position, get clear on their job responsibilities.

[16:01] When and how to build a leadership team.

[20:08] How to guide someone towards making desirable decisions and being accountable.

[27:54] Realizing that you may have to fire people because the pace of your business has changed and you need to bring in new hires.

[48:25] When a business owner is ready to sell their business, many times it is an employee who buys it.

LuAnn Nigara and Shelli Warren's Ah-Ha Moments

“You can have a worthwhile career, and also offer people worthwhile careers.” - Shelli Warren

“People will stay working for you when they feel connected to you or their immediate supervisor.” - Shelli Warren

“The team that got you here may not be the same team to get you there.” - Shelli Warren

More About Shelli Warren

Shelli Warren is a distinguished Women's Leadership Advisor and the host of the Stacking Your Team podcast. Her expertise lies in helping small business owners develop and nurture a leadership team that can take over the daily operations of the business, enabling the owners to focus on higher-level growth decisions.

Drawing from her impressive background, which includes successfully managing multi-million dollar projects for Fortune 50 corporations and iconic billion-dollar brands, Shelli has spent nearly a decade coaching business owners.

Now in its fifth year, The Stacking Your Team podcast stands as a top-rated show with over 500,000 downloads. It serves as a source of inspiration and education for women leaders, guiding them on how to build capable leadership teams that can effectively provide the daily direction needed to exceed their company's clients' expectations.

Apr 30, 2024

Today With Becky and Nate Vandenbroek

Hi, Welcome to A Well-Designed Business. Today I have on Becky and Nate Vandenbroek from Hygge Design+Build.

If you are someone who wants to get into the design-build industry, this episode is for you. Becky and Nate know how to help designers who want to break into the design/build world and share what to consider when choosing to collaborate with builders.

Both possessing Erika Ward transferable skills, Becky with her upbringing with a builder dad and Nate as a previous project manager, they ditched their 9-5 and in 2020 formed Hygge Design+Build.

As you can tell, they are thriving. They are here today to explain the process of working with design/build clients, give advice to designers looking to start a relationship with a builder, as well as red flags.

Pick It Apart:

[2:07] Nate shares his perspective as a builder as to why one should break into the design/build world.

[6:49] Doing design or building separate from each other.

[17:03] Becky’s experience growing up on construction sites with her dad who is a builder.

[28:02] Nate shares how you can work with a builder, electronic project management system, or not.

[31:59] Becky and Nate explain how it works when you do find your builder.

[37:43] Explain how a designer can discuss their pricing to a builder.

LuAnn Nigara and Becky and Nate Vandenbroek's Ah-Ha Moments

“If you're not able to have a clear line of communication with a builder and you're not on the same page with his process, it's going to be a disaster.” - Becky Vandenbroek

“If you can find a builder who doesn’t have a designer on staff and the both of you mesh well with the design aesthetic, it could be a win-win for both of you.” - Becky Vandenbroek

More About Becky and Nate Vandenbroek

Ok, let’s get this right out of the way…It’s pronounced who-guh even though it looks like hi-gee.

Hygge Design+Build was formed in 2020 after Becky and Nate Vandenbroek decided to ditch their 9-5 and start their own design+build company in Grand Rapids, MI. Becky grew up in the construction industry while watching her dad develop land, build spec homes, and commercial properties. Nate had always been interested in building, renovating, and creating. They took their love of home building and design and turned that into what is now known as Hygge Design+Build.

Hygge Design+Build homes are designed and built with a focus on creating a warm, cozy, and inviting atmosphere that promotes well-being and comfort. Their Hilltop Farm home was featured in the national publication of Dwell Magazine in collaboration with Marvin Windows and was awarded a National Best in American Living award by the NAHB. Their most recent project, The Slate House was chosen by Marvin Windows for their national ad campaign and will also be featured in Dwell Magazine.

They are all about designing “outside of the box” when it comes to designing and building their homes.

Connect with Becky and Nate Vandenbroek

Website

Instagram 

Facebook 

Pinterest

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

The Power Talk Friday Tour

Watch the Docuseries!

http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

Get The Goodies!

For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

AudiobookThe Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

Connect with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn’s Website

LuAnn’s Blog

Power Talk Friday

Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

Other Resources Mentioned:

Duke Renders Strategy Session

LuAnn University

Other Shows Mentioned:

AWDB 542: Brad Leavitt: AFT Construction: A Builder’s Perspective on the Design-Build Process

WTFP: #264 Jessica Harling: Compensation Strategies: Part 2- Installers and Administrators

Apr 26, 2024

Today With LoriAnn Kuntz

Hi, welcome to a Well-Designed Business. It’s Power Talk Friday. Today I am excited to welcome LoriAnn Kuntz, founder of Profit Priority, a bookkeeping and financial management company for creatives. 
Understanding your numbers matters. But it’s equally as important to understand when and why to outsource your bookkeeping. 
Hear LoriAnn’s insights on why strategic bookkeping matters—and how you can take control of your numbers.

Pick It Apart:

[3:18] LoriAnn and LuAnn discuss why knowing your numbers matters—and what it means to “love” those numbers.

[7:31] LoriAnn explains why business owners should consider outsourcing bookkeeping from the beginning.

[15:51] LoriAnn breaks down the numbers we really need to know in our businesses.

[24:59] LoriAnn shares why a holistic approach to your finances is important.

[33:09] LuAnn and LoriAnn reflect on what most people miss when it comes to their numbers. 

LuAnn Nigara and LoriAnn Kuntz's Ah-Ha Moments

“The secret to loving your numbers is to find someone who understands them.” -LoriAnn

“When I work with someone, it's not just about the business, it's about them as a person. And it's about their life and their lifestyle.” -LoriAnn

“It’s clear that you are willing to go down the different roads and that is the thing that we really need in a bookkeeper.” -LuAnn

More About LoriAnn Kuntz

Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, I saw firsthand what it was like to run a successful business.

And having a good financial system and knowing the numbers was a big part of that.

The opportunity to learn about money management and bookkeeping from a young age sparked what I thought was a love for accounting.

I started down the traditional accounting path, but a few years into my CPA journey, I felt God calling me out of it to serve entrepreneurs differently.

Connect with LoriAnn Kuntz

Website

Website

Instagram 

Instagram

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

The Power Talk Friday Tour

Watch the Docuseries!

http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

Get The Goodies!

For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

AudiobookThe Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

Connect with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn’s Website

LuAnn’s Blog

Power Talk Friday

Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

Other Resources Mentioned:

Check out  Kravet Inc.  and use our code AWDB10 for 10% on any order of Kravet fabric, wallpaper, or trim

Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork

Eileen Hahn’s Website


 

Apr 23, 2024

Today With Katie Ryan Pluer

Today with Katie Ryan Pluer we are discussing what it takes to build a successful business partnership in the interior design industry. Katie brings a wealth of experience in business development, marketing, and advertising — along with a successful track record of buying and selling businesses. She has a keen understanding of what it takes to create a profitable business, and has spent the past few years getting settled in the interior design industry as Vice President of Natasa Jones Interiors in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

If you have a partner or are considering one, or if you are looking to scale your interior design business anytime soon, Katie is here to share valuable insights. We are getting into the nitty gritty of partnership — from evaluating the business and legalities to personalities, percentages, and profitability.

Pick It Apart:

[1:11] Katie shares how she and Natasa met while working together more than a decade ago, how they realized they were a good fit for partnership, and how they began working together again in their current roles.

[5:52] Katie discusses how she officially approached Natasha about becoming partners and the process of having the business evaluated and buying in. 

[14:40] LuAnn asks Katie what business owners need to think about before they get their business evaluated for sale or partnership.

[29:03] Katie outlines how she and Natasha negotiated the terms of their partnership, including ownership percentages, legalities, and the importance of open and honest conversation.

[41:46] Katie emphasizes the value of tracking both revenue streams and profit margins.

LuAnn Nigara and Katie Ryan Pluer's Ah-Ha Moments

 “We're kind of like a Venn diagram. Like, I have my little part, she has a little part. And then we intersect. And the stuff that we intersect—we're just like on the same page. But we're also not afraid to challenge each other.” – Katie Ryan Pluer
 
“If you're running your business, you should pay yourself.” – Katie Ryan Pluer
 
“If you are considering a potential partnership with someone, and before you make the purchase, and the final deal, if you can't have open and honest conversation, then…how the heck do you think you're going to have it when you both have skin in the game?” – LuAnn Nigara
                                                                                                           “Sometimes there's some ego in ownership and creating your own business. And if you're willing to put that ego aside and bring someone in that can help grow your business—grow it together—it's really worth it…If you find the right person that understands and has as much love for it as you do, I think it'll be a good fit. - Katie Ryan Pluer

More About Katie Ryan Pluer

Katie Ryan Pluer holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of WI-Madison. Katie is an entrepreneur, and currently is a Partner & Vice President at Natasa Jones Interiors. Her expertise is in business development, marketing, and advertising. Over her 20-year professional career, Katie has used her skills to promote and grow business across several industries including interior design, finance, electronics, and pharmaceuticals. She has bought and successfully sold several businesses including (4) uBreakiFix stores and Sign Gypsies MKE.

Katie has had the honor and privilege of serving on the development committee for Nia Imani, the Board of Woman for MACC and as the Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Council at Lueder Financial Group of Northwestern Mutual. She has a passion for service and a love for Milwaukee. Katie was raised in a culture of caring for those in need, and volunteering as a way to make an impact on the community.

Connect with Katie Ryan Pluer

Website

Instagram

What’s new with LuAnn Nigara

The Power Talk Friday Tour

Watch the Docuseries!

http://www.luannnigara.com/cob

Get The Goodies!

For checklists, resources, and extra goodies from A Well-Designed Business sign up for free here.

To Get on LuAnn’s Email List, text the word designbiz to 444999!

Purchase LuAnn’s Books Here:

Book 1: The Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

AudiobookThe Making of A Well – Designed Business: Turn Inspiration into Action

Book 2: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts

Book 3: A Well-Designed Business – The Power Talk Friday Experts Volume 2

Connect with LuAnn Nigara

LuAnn’s Website

LuAnn’s Blog

Power Talk Friday

Like Us: Facebook | Tweet Us: Twitter | Follow Us: Instagram | Listen Here: Podcast

Other Resources Mentioned:

  WCAA 2024 Jill Robson Memorial Scholarships

Other Shows Mentioned:

AWDB 570: Natasa Jones: How to Maximize the ROI on Any Webinar, Course or Conference

 

AWDB 646: Aymee Kuhlman and Molly Kidd: Building a Friendship and An Interior Design Partnership

 

AWDB 672: Flash Back Friday: Tiffannie White, ​The Nappy Bohemian: Your “Only” and Lessons From a New Interior Design Business

 

AWDB 857: Power Talk Friday: Shannon Lopez: The ERC Program – Do NOT Skip This Episode!

 

AWDB 876: Natasa Jones: Making Bold Moves to Achieve Big Results

 

AWDB 919: Window Treatment Friday: Sara Lynn Brennan: How to Sell Window Treatments in Your Full Service Interior Design Projects

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Today With Kravet Inc.

Today on A Well Designed Business we are doing things a little different in celebration of our Eighth Birthday. We are paying tribute to Kravet, Inc., our sponsor here on the podcast since the beginning with a trip down memory lane. We are kicking things off with a clip from my interview with Scott Kravet, when we were celebrating our 100th show, and continue through clips featuring 14 more designers and industry experts all sharing their sentiments on this iconic brand.

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Kravet Collections:

Malene Barrett

Mary Fisher

Joni Vanderslice

Barclay Butera

Barry Lantz

Candice Olsen

Mabley Handler

Joe Cariati

David Phoenix

Corey Damen Jenkins

Sue Firestone

Nate Berkus

Jan Showers

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Other Shows Mentioned:

AWDB #14: Malene Barnett Success Secret – Build Relationships

 

AWDB #34: Mary Fisher – Author, Artist, Advocate, Social Entrepreneur

 

AWDB #59: A Special Visit with the Sr. Director of Merchandising for CuratedKravet.com

 

AWDB #100: Scott Kravet – Celebrating our 100th Episode!

 

AWDB #101: Joni Vanderslice – Principal of J. Banks Design – Resort is Home & Home is Resort- another firm that reinforces niching as a path to success

 

AWDB #122: Barclay Butera- Mix Talent + Opportunity + Business Savvy = Epic Interior Design Business

 

AWDB #173: Mabley Handler Interior Design Launches New Furniture Line with Kravet Inc

 

AWDB #197: Joe Cariati Collection for Curated Kravet & Business Insights for Creatives

 

AWDB #360: David Phoenix and His New Kravet Fabric Collection, Well-Suited

 

AWDB #388: Corey Damen Jenkins: Interior Designer, Furniture Designer, & Gentleman

 

AWDB #404: Sue Firestone: The Malibu Collection with Kravet Inc

 

AWDB #433: Nate Berkus: Introducing His Collection with Kravet

 

AWDB #446: Power Talk Friday: Jesse Lazarus: Technology & Innovations in the Design Industry

 

AWDB #465: Jan Showers: A Glamorous Career

 

AWDB #697: Barry Lantz: Advice from a Seasoned Interior Designer

 

AWDB  #839: Flashback Friday: Candice Olson: How to Be an Overnight Success in 25 Years

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