Nicole Babik is currently attending Baldwin Wallace University where she is majoring in education and pursuing a minor in entrepreneurship.
After receiving a lot of encouragement from family members, Nicole decided to start Notably Yours Greeting Cards. Located in Medina Ohio, Notably Yours Greeting Cards creates stationery products for every occasion. The products Nicole creates range from wedding invitations and greeting cards to stickers.
About Notably Yours Greeting Cards
Nicole started Notably Yours after she found a talent creating cards and stationery materials for her friends and family members on their birthdays and special occasions.
After a while, Nicole became better and better at designing cards and this is when family members suggested to Nicole that she start selling the cards.
The encouragement Nicole got from her family members helped her realize there could be an audience for her designs. This encouragement and realization of a possible audience helped motivate Nicole to open up Notably Your Greeting Cards.
Since starting Notably Yours Greeting Cards in 2015 Nicole has been able to grow the business’s brand by expanding her workshop and the diversity of materials used to ensure that each customer is getting a unique high-quality piece of stationery art.
Notably, Yours Greeting Cards offers a plethora of unique stationery that makes them stand out from the crowd.
Outside of the typical birthday, and anniversary cards Notably Yours Greeting Cards also designs unique 3D pop-ups and can take on large orders for events like weddings or baby showers.
Nicole’s unique artistic ability allows Notably Yours Greeting Cards to stand out against direct competitors such as Hallmark or American Greetings.
Classes Important to Nicole's Business Success
Being an education major Nicole didn’t have the typical entrepreneur's business student’s background but after taking a few classes in BW’s entrepreneurship program she started to learn about how she could make Notably Yours More successful.
One of these classes that Nicole found most important to her success was the marketing class she took at Baldwin Wallace. Marketing wasn’t something Nicole thought of as an important aspect of her business. But after taking this class this helped Nicole understand the importance as well as she describes “how to communicate and have a conversation with people”.
The combination of learning marketing and general communication tactics helped Nicole be able to communicate the value of Notably Yours Greeting Cards and it helped her land an order for over 200 cards for a school supply company in Medina.
Nicole's Advice to Entrepreneurs
Nicole’s advice to future entrepreneurs is to simply focus on the customers and create the best product for them. In Nicole’s own words “the brand is for the consumers” when starting a business an entrepreneur should focus on how their product or brand could have an impact on consumers.
Another piece of advice that Nicole has for entrepreneurs is to “listen to your network."
Starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur can be incredibly difficult but Nicole stresses the importance of listening to friends and family members but also utilizing services your school may have to offer.
For example, Nicole utilized the Launchnet services at BW which she described as “LaunchNet was an incredibly helpful service that allowed me to create videos that led to more funding for my business."
Nicole believes there are people out there that will believe your idea and want to help it come into existence despite some initial doubts that you may have.
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