Meet our young entrepreneur of the month March, 2017.
Akinola Titilope has been named Ogamars Entrepreneur for the month of March, 2017; for her recorded success against all odds, in running her events company, ‘Lizablooms Events.’
In our interview with Titilope, she discusses in details the circumstances surrounding the startup of her own events company, after working with several others. I find her words insightful for anyone who has a passion and idea but doesn’t know how to convert such energy into profit.
Thank you very much Ogamars, for granting me this interview.
My name is Akinola Titilope .O., a graduate of Pure and Applied Chemistry from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta ( FUNAAB), Certified Events Venue Stylist and Planner extraordinaire and a Certified Personnel in Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE). I currently work at the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi ( FIIRO) as an Analytical Chemist. I am from a family of five, and I am the second of three children.
ABOUT LIZABLOOMS EVENTS
Lizablooms Events is an Events planning and venue styling company with a trademark for flawless delivery of services, providing top-notch professionalism exhibited by highly competent, tested and trusted vendors. We bring to life your fantasies; turn them into realities and transforming them into memories.
OUR COMPLEMENTARY SERVICES
Other services we render at Lizablooms Events includes Events Consultancy, Events Coordination, Ushering Services, Vendor Sourcing, Eru Iyawo Packaging, Souvenir and Party favors packaging, Janitorial Services, Hotel and Event Venue bookings.
WHEN IT ALL STARTED
Lizablooms Events started off as a brand to serve as events resource intermediary (vendor sourcing) sometimes in January 2016. This service was to bridge the gap between clients and their event vendors and also provide needed vendors. After picking up a course in Events Planning and Management, I realized that this was the role of an Event Planner and so I got the clear description of services to render and Lizablooms Events became fully operational as an Events Planning and Venue Styling company in September 2016.
WHAT INSPIRED ME
Lizablooms Events grew out of an undeniable interest in detailing and proper execution of services. So I started looking out for event venues and how the D-day events were handled. My keen eyes for details and inquisitive mind gave me a chance to work with few events planners back in school and there I knew it was a calling I couldn’t ignore. Passion and zeal inspired me. Following pace setters in the events industry such as Zapphaire Events and Nwandossignature Events, Bsignature Events, BusyBee Events, PamperMeLush Parties, to mention a few has been a source of encouragement and inspiration.
(Chuckles) Reading, Listening to music, Mapping out daily activities (don’t know if that’s a hobby though), Watching movies and getting creative.
IF NOT EVENTS, THEN WHAT?
Oh well, I had never thought of being an entrepreneur. I always was the nerdy type of lady, who just wants to get successful by books.
I believe the entrepreneurial spirit was awakened after realizing how high one’s gifts and passion can place one. So if not the business, yeah, I’ll be working but would still run my business and make more money.
MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN BUSINESS
A lot of entrepreneurs out there would agree with me that online publicity and advertisement does quite a lot but not as much as the referrals of well satisfied clients or a strong believer of your ability and what your brand stands for.
My major breakthrough had been the first referral I got for a venue styling job for a wedding reception, which practically opened more doors of trust, competency and faith in the brand.
SETBACKS AND HOW I OVERCAME THEM
Thanks to God who has been my never ending source of strength. Setbacks are like catapults, the farther behind it’s pulled, the better and your chances at hitting a target. When setbacks came ( finance in most cases), I prayed and sought God’s face for help and keep trusting that He would make a way, which He always do. There would be “high times” and “low times” but it’s not worth giving up. Encourage yourself in the Lord!
And for this reason I’ll like to appreciate my Parents, Mr and Mrs Akinola for their unending support, My super wonderful siblings, Ifeoluwa and Joshua Akinola, Rev. Wale Akinronbi ( Father’s House, Abeokuta) and the entire team of dynamic pastors, my able mentors Bisi Sotunde ( BusyBee Events) and Wunmi Ogunde ( PamperMeLush Parties), my spiritual mum, Pst Mrs Bike Ajayi and the list goes on. Thank you all for pushing me and giving me your full support.
Our vision as a company is to be one of the most acknowledged trends setting Events Company affiliated with top-notch and excellent service delivery.
ADVICE TO ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS
At first, it’s not all about the money. It’s all about the impression you leave in the heart of your clients. Money must be made but more money comes with the name. So build the name, enjoy the fame and make the money. Do a number of pro bonos or give discounted services, acquire advanced skills (keeps you ahead of the game), don’t keep quiet, pray and trust God, be confident about what you can do and use every social media platform to the best of your brand! The sky is never the limit.
SOME PHOTOS OF OUR JOBS
MY PERSONAL CONTACTS
Phone numbers: 07037424098
Facebook: Akinola Gidimiss Titilope
Official Contacts (Lizablooms Events)
Phone numbers: 07037424098, 09054061707
Facebook: Lizablooms Events
LinkedIn: Lizablooms Events
Read also my challenges in business and how I overcame.
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