Today we’d like to introduce you to Tisha Marie Pelletier.
Tisha Marie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I first took the entrepreneurial leap in 2004 when I handed in my resignation as an Account Executive at an ad agency in Mesa, and decided it was time to be my own boss. I launched Simply Put Marketing Communications to work alongside small businesses to help them with their marketing needs. I had this grandiose plan to have an established business by 2007 so that my husband Sean (we married the same year I started my business) and I could start a family.
We got pregnant in 2007, and had our son Caleb in August 2008 just as the economy was tanking and my brilliant plan started to crumble. I saw clients who had been in business since the 1950s close their doors because they couldn’t handle the recession we were in.
A couple years later, I started my second business, Details Event Management, to provide nonprofit and corporate clients with an alternative solution to planning their events. With my strong background in PR and marketing, and a business partner who handled the event logistics side, we made the perfect pair.
Realizing that running now two businesses with a kid in tow was hard work, I was craving a community where I could be around other mom entrepreneurs attempting to successfully juggle work-life-balance who were authentic, real, didn’t hold back and wanted to support one another.
After writing on my blog how frustrated I was that I couldn’t find a network to support “my” specific needs, I was pleasantly surprised when the Arizona Republic contacted me and featured me on the cover of the Gilbert Republic and in the main news about being a mom entrepreneur.
Several other mom entrepreneurs contacted me because they, too, were searching for this same support that I launched a third business called The Mom-e Club. I then created a signature event, my annual Mom Entrepreneur Celebration, to celebrate mom entrepreneurs for all their hard work and dedication in both raising a family and running a business.
In 2010, I wrote my first book When the Universe Throws a Curve Ball: How a mom entrepreneur went from disappointment to living her passion to share my personal and professional story.
In 2011, I welcomed my second child Ellie and continued to run all three businesses simultaneously.
I was in Huntington Beach planning my 6th Annual Mom Entrepreneur Celebration after moving it from Arizona in May 2015, and suddenly, everything changed and I started to pivot. My passion, my purpose and my priorities became more apparent and I decided it was time for a shift.
In August 2016, I transitioned all of my businesses and launched my newest startup, Tisha Marie Enterprises, sold my event planning company Details Event Management, and decided to only do the things I absolutely love, for the people I want to serve. I re-branded The Mom-e Club to help more women entrepreneurs, whether aspiring or established, have the supportive, encouraging and authentic environment to learn, grow and share to its new name, the Gals’ Inspiration Hub.
I gave up my annual Mom Entrepreneur Celebration, which was a ton of work, and decided to only host signature events where women got to connect, laugh, and have fun, and created three events: A Summer Self-Care Spa Retreat held in Scottsdale every July, a Holiday Hullabaloo pajama-inspired stress-free event in December, and a Biz, Besties n’ Brunch event in April, along with social connect events throughout the year.
I focused my energy on helping the market I want to serve, startups, and became involved mentoring and speaking at Arizona State University, PHX StartupWeek, and created a program launching January 2018 called The Startup Entrepreneur Academy. The Academy works with startups globally who have a brilliant business idea in their head, but are having trouble making it happen. I also personally fund a U.S. based startup through my Startup Business Grant to support their dream after I received a grant in 2010 for The Mom-e Club.
Lastly, I wrote another book! My new book What Are the Odds? A mom shares her good, bad and what the f*ck moments in life & business debuts February 2018.
And that’s where I am today. A lot of pivoting to find out my purpose and my why.
Has it been a smooth road?
I’d be lying if I said it was!
Life has taught me a lot of hard lessons which I’ve chronicled in my books and on stage when I speak, but I’m grateful for everything I’ve gone through. Without the struggle, I wouldn’t have found my strength.
Some struggles to note include losing my purpose and passion, having to let go of close family and friends, being a victim of fraud in my business, learning how to rise from the fall, and realizing that not everyone that gives me advice knows what’s in my best interest. There are a lot of people who will not be supportive of my ideas and that’s okay. I have learned that at the end of the day, it’s my business, my baby, my family and it’s ultimately my decision to make.
If I fail, I fail, but at least I gave it my all.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Tisha Marie Enterprises – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Tisha Marie Enterprises empowers entrepreneurs to make their business happen. Plain and simple. I work primarily with startups just launching or in the infant stages of their business take their ideas and execute them. I love doing this especially when I see the light bulb go off and witness their progress and excitement. Best feeling ever.
I want to be known for being that person – that supports a startup where they’re at right now. Everyone’s dreams should be given that opportunity to be born.
I’m proud of being a business with heart that gives back every opportunity I have whether to nonprofits through my various signature events to startups by way of a Startup Business Grant I personally fund each year. I feel that this is what sets me apart from so many other companies out there who are in it for the money. It will never be about the money for me, but in helping others forge ahead. The money will always be the bi-product of that success.
I also want to be known for being my authentic self, who is always willing to share, be honest and inspire others through my stories and lessons learned.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Honestly, I have no dislikes about Gilbert. I love everything about it and wouldn’t ever consider moving anywhere else until I’m ready for retirement. We love our kiddos’ school at ASU Prep, our community in Power Ranch, and how family friendly it is. Why we moved to Gilbert – the best place to raise a family.
People say we live out in BFE, but everything we love and do is within close proximity to us. Why change that?
Programs offered by Tisha Marie Enterprises
- Signature Events hosted by Tisha Marie Enterprises: $5 to $69 all-inclusive
- Dream It, Do It 90-minute Strategy Session: $157
- Startup Entrepreneur Academy: $497 (affiliate commissions available)
- Accountable Advocate 1:1 month mentoring and marketing program: $2,497.00
- Custom projects, marketing/event consulting projects available on request
- Gals’ Inspiration Hub Membership: $25/month with a 30-day free trial
- Website: tishamarieenterprises.com
- Phone: 480-570-2615
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/tishampelletier
- Facebook: facebook.com/tishamarieenterprises
- Twitter: @tmpelletier
- Other: linkedin.com/in/tishamariepelletier