We had the good fortune of connecting with Sarah Buxbaum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sarah, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Now more than ever, being a business owner is one of the riskiest things out there. I’ve always been a risk taker (I used to be a certified skydiver!) and really thrive off adrenaline and doing things outside the box. I think this trait has benefited me overall, but has definitely given me setbacks. I left a great career to pursue a startup business before I started my own, and it didn’t go well. I lost almost everything and had to rebuild not only my finances, but my spirit as an entrepreneur. On the other side, because I have gone down unforeseen roads, I have had great things happen such as meeting lifelong friends, grown not only one business, but now have expanded that to three, won awards and grants, been able to travel and experience once in a lifetime opportunities. More risk, more reward, right?!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am most proud and excited about where I am right now. I started Celebrate with Sarah over 4 years ago here in Southern California, and now am expanding to Nashville, Tennessee. It has not been an easy, but I have been able to build a business from absolutely nothing, into a multi-divisional company in 2 states, and be able to give back to my community. I don’t take no for an answer, and that has helped me overcome challenge after challenge. I just finished my first round of taking on investors, in the middle of an international pandemic! It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done as a business owner, and maybe in my life!
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?
I would definitely start at the beach! I love Malibu. Its such a charming part of Los Angeles. The little shops and restaurants are owned by locals and many have been there for years. Driving up PCH is the best way to see LA in my opinion. Some of my favorite places to go are Hugos, Fonuts, Rising Hearts Bakery, Malibu Cafe and then Hollywood Bowl for a concert! The weather is so beautiful, I’d spend as much time outdoors as possible. If you’re looking for interesting, Venice Beach never fails!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are several people and organizations I recognize as being huge factors in my success. Ewomen Network and Craig Duswalt’s Mastermind have been so supportive and encouraging. I 100% would not be where I am today without them.
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