We had the good fortune of connecting with Bernadette Capulong and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bernadette, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe risk is necessary, especially if you want to achieve big things. Starting my own business at the height of the 2008 Recession, was a massive risk. Yet, had I not taken this risk, BC Design Haus wouldn’t be where it is today. Even being a small business in this current crisis poses its own risks. However, I find moments like these to be defining and powerful. These high pressure scenarios can define who you are, and currently, they’re defining me, my team, and BC Design Haus in spectacular ways.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have spent the last five years building BC Design Haus from the ground up. In truth, our beginnings were humble. We started in my home, putting together designs for our clients from my kitchen table. While we didn’t stay there long I will always remember these early days as foundational to what the company is today. We eventually did move into a fully-fledged office with a team of talented designers. This period was rewarding, but as can be expected we faced hurdles in this growing process as we tried to make a name for ourselves as a little fish in a big pond. And yet, we faced these challenges with sheer determination, and gave our best effort no matter the size of the project. This is a philosophy that we’ve continued to hold onto. Today, we make waves as a dependable and high-quality resource for our clients. We still take on every new project with passion and intention and find even more satisfaction in bringing to life the visual concepts that come our way.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well we’d start the morning with a quick walk or run around the Pasadena Rose Bowl. Afterwards we’d grab lunch at Cameron’s Seafood and I’d of course suggest their Shrimp Scampi. Then, we’d head over to the Arclight in Pasadena and check out what’s playing. We’d then close out the day at Bodega Wine Bar and share a bottle of pinot noir.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Don Loewel, my mentor, who provided support and guidance during the pivotal times in the early stages of BC Design Haus. He was the catalyst that encouraged me to apply to the 10KSB program. He continues to guide me as the business transitions into its next stage of growth. He really set the stage for me to manage the business, improve on sales, and evolve my leadership skills. My good friend, Tanuja Singeetham, who always threw the BC Design Haus name in the hat with the big companies she worked for. Although it was a risk for her, she always had my back. If it wasn’t for her advocacy and continued support, we would not have been exposed to the level of brands and projects we now have under our belt. Megan Crossland, who was a former Nestle colleague. After we both left Nestle, I reached out to her for the opportunity to pitch BC Design Haus. She held onto my information and after a few months, she reached out for help. She entrusted me and BC Design Haus with a big brand and continued to throw business our direction for several years after. Because of our experience with her brand, it opened multiple doors for new brands to come our way.