We had the good fortune of connecting with Marijane Chuang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marijane, how do you think about risk?
The biggest risk is not taking any risk. — Mark Zuckerberg. In order to grow, we must take risks in our lives. Taking risks will take me outside of my comfort zone, pushing me to do what I am afraid of doing. It is as an opportunity to make something happen, and embracing the journey it takes me on.
I’ve learned to take risks as a young girl to the present. At 18, I left Hawaii to go to college on the mainland, knowing that I would need to make new friends in a new state. In my career, I would have never thought I would be in sales, and yet I took an Account Manager role in the life sciences industry. It was rough at first because I never had a business background. But, what I did have is a science background that enabled me to relate with my prospects and customers who were scientists. From there, I was able to gain my business acumen by asking questions and learning from others.
My latest risk that I’ve taken is starting my own business during a pandemic and becoming my own boss. It took a lot of courage, writing down my pros and cons list, and taking the leap of faith by leaving my corporate job for a new adventure. The last nine months have flown by, and it’s been a great ride so far. I’m learning so much about being a small business owner, and the importance of collaborating with other small businesses especially now. There are many business owners who are willing to help by providing their expertise and guidance with their best practices.
With great risks, come great reward. I’ve learned to welcome and celebrate the small and the big wins through the years because I’ve worked for it, and deserve it. I’ve also learned to be more thankful and grateful for these risks. I believe these are the rewards that are priceless, including the journey that it takes me on for each of the risks that I’ve taken in my lifetime.
What should our readers know about your business?
Pet Wants Chino Hills is a pet nutrition company that helps pet parents with improving their pets diet. Afterall, our cats and dogs are part of our family. Our mission is to educate and create awareness with pet parents in taking a closer look as to what they are feeding their pets.
Launching our business during the pandemic wasn’t easy, but we already knew that. There were not many in-person events, and people were not comfortable yet going out in public. So rather than sit around and wait, we pivoted like many businesses in using social media to get the word out about who we are, what solutions we offered, and included educational posts about pet nutrition, care tips and more. We wanted to be a resource for our community for their pets.
Furthermore, my kids were home full time doing in-person learning. Starting a business and having my kids home full time for distance learning was a challenge. I didn’t feel like I had the work/life balanced equally, however, I learned to adjust as needed during the pandemic. It forced me to pause, be patient, and to let go (if needed).
We’re excited to bring affordable solutions like our fresh kibble, single source ingredient treats, and natural chews. We believe a healthy pet is a happy pet. By feeding your pets with quality food can aid in maintaining their health and wellness, allowing them to live a longer life with you.
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?
Places to Eat: Coffee – Dirty Penguin, Canabru, or Cafe 86
Breakfast – Take Ur Seat, Squeeze In
Lunch – Ojiya, Luchador Brewery
Dinner – Chophouse 363 or Owen’s Bistro
Hike Chino Hills State park to view the poppies, or the various trails around the city
Fun – Infusion Zone for Laser Tag or VR Escape Rooms; K9 Speedway (go cart racing)
Visit Baps Shri Temple; beautiful architecture and inside the temple is amazing
Drive down to Orange County and visit Laguna Beach to walk in the sand
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my Family for their continued love and support over the years when I travelled for work. But even more so now, for their patience and help with getting our business up and running.
I would also like to thank Raziel Arcega and Deanna Margherita for our #bossbabes weekly meeting to hold each other accountable for our goals, and to celebrate and uplift each other when we need it.