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Kelsie & Kristi Risk

In 2013, mother/daughter duo, Kristi and Kelsie Risk, launched Diamond K Sweets with one goal in mind: Make our customer's experience a "sweet" memory. In June of 2015, the first DK Sweets store was opened.

Last Wednesday, Project Grow Alumni Association hosted its kickoff event, “O’Bits of Gratitude with Diamond K Sweets” (DKS) featuring mother/daughter duo, Kristi and Kelsie Risk, owners of DKS! 

Throughout the event, both Kristi and Kelsie shared their entrepreneurial story and how they have been breaking the mold as women business owners. Kristi and Kelsie share how they have leveraged mentorship to grow their business. Read about their tips, tricks, and advice below! 

Thinking About Starting a Business? Here's What You Need to Know!

Find Your Niche

  • If there is an industry you are interested in take the time to research it, learn about and meet the people in it. You want to learn as much as you can about it. There are always people already in those industries who are willing to share their knowledge with you! Feel empowered to reach out and make those relationships with those who can help you learn more about how you can accomplish your dream. 

Look For Help and Ask Questions 

  • There are a plethora of people organizations, people, entities, looking to provide support to help to those interested in starting a business. When you becoming knowledgable about what resources and connections are out there, you are equipping yourself with mentors and resources to guide you as you go through the journey of starting a business 
  • Remember, when in doubt, ask someone who has been there done that. Learning from the experiences of others will also prepare you for your future business endeavors. 

If You’re the Smartest Person in the Room, You’re in the Wrong Room 

  • Seek Knowledge! There is something you can learn from everyone and embracing the knowledge of others will only help make you a better entrepreneur. Take the time to ask questions and be genuine. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Failure 

  • Know that mistakes will be made, failure will happen. Once you give yourself that permission to fail, you relieve yourself of the burden to be perfect all the time. Starting a business or a new business venture can be difficult! Take the time to enjoy the journey, and your successes along the way. Failing helps you learn and grow, putting you one step closer to success.

Put Yourself Out There

  • Take the chance, take the risk and put yourself out there! In a world full of opportunity, you never know what could come from making the ask – so just ask! Future you will be grateful you did. 

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