Owner, Ava Party Designs
Owner, Ava Party Designs
Ava Sealey has always loved creating things with her own two hands. “As a child, I’d sew my own doll clothes and build doll houses,” she recalled. As an adult, Ava began to long for a return to her creative roots after working 10 years in the banking industry. “I loved working one-on-one with clients, yet I couldn’t help but feel as if something was missing,” she said.
Three years ago, Ava accidentally found her niche when planning a friend’s baby shower on a shoestring budget. “I couldn’t afford many decorations so I did a lot of the creative myself using mostly balloons. It turned out so well that people started to ask if I could plan their parties for them!”
In 2015, Ava quit her job and launched Ava Party Designs, creating balloon décor and sculptures and offering unique party rentals throughout Connecticut and parts of New York. Within months, word of her work had spread like wildfire, yet ambitious Ava wasn’t content to merely coast along on the coattails of her burgeoning success.
“I’m very aware that anyone can start their own business, but not everyone can make it profitable which was my end-goal. I wanted to set myself up for continued growth so I found the Women’s Business Development Council’s “GPS: A Guide to Plan for Success” program for entrepreneurs. It was just the program I needed to create my own sustainable business plan and get the tools to help me grow successfully.”
Today, despite being only half-way through the 10-week course, Ava claims that she has already learned a great deal ranging from legal responsibilities of being a business owner to the nuances of hiring and expanding and financial considerations.
“When you’re starting your own business, doing things the right way the first time is important – especially as a female. You can sit there and hope things work out by trial and error, or you can go right to the experts and ask what do I need to do next? The Women’s Business Development Council has the resources, the experience and the info I needed. If I had taken this step three years ago, I could already be much further with my business. Now I am just taking a step back to do what I should have done in the first place,” she explained.
“Being able to do what I love each day makes me so happy. The Women’s Business Development Council’s expertise helps make sure that it’s not just a hobby, but a career.”
For more information visit www.avapartydesigns.com.