Welcome To Eloma Episode 28: Building Vendor Relationships with Amanda Mattefs

“Getting creative in this space is what all of us have had to do to survive in this kind of environment right now,” explains Amanda Mattefs, Owner and CEO of Apricity Creative Agency, a graphic design company, and Charcuter-Me, an elevated charcuterie company. Today, Amanda joins host Kiley Peters to talk about how building vendor relationships within the local community has helped her business to grow while also enabling her to help other local entrepreneurs. 

Amanda decided to create her charcuterie business during the pandemic as a way to give people a unique date experience while they were stuck at home. She also saw it as a great opportunity to support other small businesses by making relationships within the local food and beverage community. She ended up joining a group called Let’s Talk Women which is a group of local women business owners in the industry who work together to give the space for all women to succeed. Amanda shares that in today’s age it is all about getting creative and finding new ways to run your business such as pooling resources together with other business owners to buy produce in bulk. 

When local entrepreneurs work together there is no limit to what they can achieve for their businesses and the community. Learn more about how Amanda got her business up and running during the pandemic and how she formed relationships with other businesses and members of the community in order to not only survive, but thrive during these uncertain times. 

 

Highlights:

  • “I needed a commercial kitchen so I reached out to people in the community, and they were so grateful. They're like, ‘there's a space available downtown in Cathedral Square. You can probably use a little bit of this’ There was, just in the kitchen, another food truck already working out of the space. So it was kind of shared.” (5:28-5:43 | Amanda)
  • “One of our last meetings was just, ‘Hey, if you need this, or you might need it in a month, why don't we just buy it in bulk? And then kind of divvy it up just so all of us can kind of get it at a better price.’ It’s all about the community factor.” (10:40-10:53 | Amanda)
  • “Yes, there's competition, but there's room for everybody. And if we all work together, we can all succeed during this time when it is so uncertain. Why not empower all these women to just do better and be better now? We can all exist somewhere in that spine.” (11:45-12:01 | Amanda)
  • “Getting creative in this space is what all of us have had to do to survive in this kind of environment right now.” (14:30-14:39 | Amanda)

 


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Amanda's Bio

Amanda Mattefs is a Milwaukee Native, proud-Wisconsinite, and avid traveler. She has lived in both the US and abroad, and is happy to have found her permanent home back in Wisconsin. She is a graphic designer by trade, and owns both a graphic design company called Apricity Creative Agency, as well as Charcuter-Me, a elevated charcuterie grazing board company.

Born and raised in Milwaukee WI, Amanda had dreams of being a broadcaster and ended up in marketing and graphic design. Moved to San Diego for 8 years, started a graphic design company, moved home in 2018, started Charcuter-Me in 2020 admist the pandemic. 

Kiley Executive Coach & Consultant

Kiley Peters is a serial entrepreneur, national speaker, executive coach, and small business consultant. Having personally counseled over 100 small and medium-sized businesses on operations, business development, digital marketing, and consumer behavior analysis over the last 17 years Kiley is incredibly passionate about serving small business owners. She is the Founder and CEO of Brainchild Studios, a research and business strategy partner for small businesses and mid-market executives, and also created the Work From Home Playbook, a series of online courses guiding aspiring entrepreneurs through the steps of starting a virtual business. With these experiences in her back pocket, she understands the challenges and struggles small business owners encounter. 

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