March 23, 2011

Solar Crepes Chasing a Dream / Giveaway

     I have a second cousin whom I haven't had the pleasure of knowing well until recently and to discover that such a talented individual shares my family tree is such an honor.

     The words to describe Camille are endless but here's a short list that should give you an idea of how talented she is: chef, opera singer, dog-lover, interior designer, speaker of Russian, world traveler, eco-savvy, bubbly, food-lover and activist, wife, family women, entrepreneur and dreamer. Camille is a true Renaissance women. But what I find most attractive about her is her courage. Camille and her business partner and friend, Danna, started their own business in September of 2009 and by July 2010 the two were traveling the streets of Washington DC selling organic crepes from their solar powered food cart.
The Solar Crepes Food Cart-Serving up delicious to the Seattle area.

    Camille and Danna, also known as Solar Crepes, have done something that few of us will ever have the courage to do-they followed their dream. Now they run a business that allows them to honor local, organic, and sustainable food while also giving them the flexibility to be family women. These culinary school graduates use only local produce and take pride in educating their customers on the healthful qualities of organic local food. In fact, during our interview Camille shared this with me, "grass feed beef has a higher amount of Omega-3 fatty acids than salmon and it's vital to fending off disease and it helps your body be the healthy and robust machines they're meant to be."
     In her spare time Camille is an opera singer and she will be starring in a production called The Old Maid and the Thief at George Washington University  and she is busy helping her mom redecorate their home.

Camille and Danna of Solar Crepes

      Camille offers new small business owners this advice, "Go for it. When you are formulating a crazy business idea, be positive and talk to people that will give you positive feedback.  You really need to be fearless. Do your research. Have some money to fall back on. Your probably not going to make money in the first year and you need to get excited about the small milestones you also need to have a long-term goal because you are building something. You have to stay positive and keep going. Build your own board of advisers in a way. You can’t be an expert in everything you do in your business so build a community of people who are good in those areas where you may not be. They can serve as a sounding board when you run into business challenges. But if you have a dream you should go for it all the way!"

    So in honor of Solar Crepes I am hosting my first ever Giveaway! One lucky winner will win a $25 Whole Foods Gift Certificate. The winner will be chosen at  random on Monday, March 28th. Here is how you can enter: 

1. Leave a comment here telling me  your dream business idea (You must do this to be entered). 
2. For an additional entry go to the Washingtonian Link here and vote for Solar Crepes. Then leave a comment below with your name saying you did so.

3. For an additional entry become a follower of this blog through Google Connect, and leave an additional comment with your name saying that you've done so.

4. For an additional entry follow both @evrydythoughts and @solarcrepes on twitter, and leave a comment saying that you've done so along with your twitter name. 

5. Retweet this message: Everyday Thoughts is giving away a Gift Card to Whole Foods! Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/4abjgxx

6. Finally, "like" Solar Crepes on Facebook, and leave a comment here saying you've done so.

Good luck to you all!

Christin is the winner!!! This Giveaway is now closed. Stay tuned for the next one! 

13 comments:

  1. My dream business idea is to open up a cupcake shop in downtown Tulsa.
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  2. I follow via GFC!
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  3. I like Solar Crepes on FB
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  4. I voted for Solar Crepes!
    Oh, and I forgot to say before that my GFC name is Aubrey Charlebois :)
    aubreyfick@yahoo.com

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  5. Voting now. And I want to own a clothing boutique :)

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  6. My dream business would be an organizational business. I love when things are neat and orderly! Call me crazy, but I think it's fun!

    --Meagan

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  7. Voted for you!

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  8. I follow via Google!

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  9. Tweeted! @vivalameaganx3

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  10. I follow both links on Twitter @vivalameaganx3

    --Meagan
    cheercfa07 at aol dot com

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  11. I would dream of having a stationery store!

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  12. Christin is the winner of the $25 Whole Foods Gift Card! Congratulations and stay tuned for our next giveaway!

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  13. Congratulations to the winner! I find Camille's advice very helpful for the first-time business owners and even people who are still in the planning stage of setting up their own. Any business, from food industry to corporate offices, need to be driven by its visionary founder. Choosing the right people is equally important, too. Skilled and well-trained accountants will keep your finances in check, and talented employees will build on your success.

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