Does taking investment mean losing control? Would we invest in other businesses? New Conversations with Sisters

After the conversation with Amie Thompson, Courtney and Dana ponder whether or not they would take investment from others in their businesses. It sounds great to have money come in, but what does that mean for control and decision-making?

And then, would they want to invest in other people’s businesses? How do you trust someone with your money when you’re not sure if they have the same work ethic as you?

As always, a very real and candid conversation from Courtney and Dana.

If you haven’t listened to last week’s episode with Creative Allies‘ Amie Thompson, check it out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or any other podcast app.


Courtney: Welcome to Hustle and Gather, a podcast about inspiring the everyday entrepreneur to take the leap. I’m Courtney, 

Dana: and I’m Dana,

Courtney: and we’re two sisters who love business. On this show, we talk about the ups and downs with the hustle and the reward at the end of the journey 

Dana: And we know all the challenges that come with starting a business. Between operating our wedding venue, doing speaking and consulting, and starting our luxury wedding planning company, we wake up and hustle every day.

Courtney: And today we’re talking, just the two of us, about last week’s episode with Amie Thompson, president and CEO of creative allies, a marketing firm for entrepreneurs. Amie knows the ins and outs of running a business, as well as the importance of building a personal brand in order to ensure a professional success. If you haven’t heard last week’s episode, go give it a listen and come back to hear our thoughts. 

Dana: All right, Courtney, let’s get started. 

Courtney: All right. It’s a fun episode. I loved her interesting journey to becoming an entrepreneur, like through becoming an investor. No. Yeah. 

Dana: And like, that’s like such a new one for me. 

Courtney: I know, mostly because I don’t invest in really anything, anything besides myself and the business.

Dana: How do you invest in yourself? 

Courtney: I don’t know. Wash my face, do some yoga, go to retreats, better my mind. How do you invest in yourself? 

Dana: I don’t know. I wouldn’t say I invest in myself. I don’t know. I guess I wash my face. I don’t do yoga. 

Courtney: No retreats for you?

Dana: No retreats for me, no. 

Courtney: And your mind’s a scary place, so it is no reason to untangle that. No, but I love that. Like how she. We were talking with a friend recently, like we went out to dinner and she was talking about how she invested in someone’s company, like directly. And I was like, huh, like I’ve never even like, I would totally do that. But like those opportunities have really never come up.

Like how do you go about finding opportunities to invest in like actual companies that you can visit?

Dana: I don’t know, but I loved her tip of like, when she talked about how she knew it was a good one. She, her questions were, is it sustainable? Is it growing? Yeah, and so funny story, I guess not funny story, but I guess side story to this is a couple of months ago.

Me and Courtney looked into buying a bed and breakfast that we were going to turn into a venue. We really liked it, I really liked it and Courtney,

Courtney: It had good Juju.

Dana: it did have good Juju. And Courtney eventually got cold feet which is fine. And it does not be the right thing for us. there was some septic, well, sewage issues.

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Hustle and Gather is hosted by Courtney Hopper and Dana Kadwell, and is produced by Earfluence.  Courtney and Dana’s hustles include C&D Events, Hustle and Gather, and The Bradford Wedding Venue.

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