There's an entrepreneurial spirit at Rodgers Townsend that I really dig. Maybe it's because we do so much work with small business owners, or maybe it's because we just like to make things. For whatever reason, our old brick building on Clark Avenue is full of talented and interesting people who are doing amazing things, both inside and outside of the office.
If you like us on Facebook, you may have noticed our current cover photo. It's been up for a while. We meant to explain it with a blog post. But we got busy. This is that overdue post, and the photo is of RT employees holding faux metal letters from Katie Chadek's Etsy shop, A Fresh Coat of Paint.
Katie is a senior Account Executive here at RT, who, in her spare time, runs a small business refinishing vintage and antique furniture. She started A Fresh Coat of Paint in 2011 after she discovered she really enjoyed redoing furniture for her own house, and that there was a market for her creations on Craiglist and Etsy.
While doing research on YouTube, Katie came across a tutorial on how to make faux metal letters. Well, the letters have become a huge hit, receiving national coverage and support from the likes of Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens and Oprah Magazine. That's pretty cool. Katie's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs? "Get out there and go for it. If there is something that you see as an opportunity and you're passionate about it, try it. Stick it out and see if it pans out. Have fun with it."