From designing magical décor for weddings and spectacular events to the “Queen of Christmas”, Anne Urban has done it all. Anne started her company, Destination Planning, when Jacksonville announced the Super Bowl was coming to town. While business from the Super Bowl was good, she quickly realized “You don’t know what you don’t know!” “My ah ha moment was meeting Sandy Bartow, then director of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), and getting her advice”. So what was her advice you may ask….
Learn as much as you can about running a successful business and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Anne immediately joined one of JWBC’s Business Advisory Councils (now known as Success Circles) a facilitated peer-to-peer mentoring roundtable. A year later, Anne was selected as one of three women business owners who received an advisory panel as part of JWBC’s inaugural ATHENAPowerlink® group. “From there I took every workshop and program JWBC had to offer,” says Urban. Destination Planning was a qualified success, reaching over a million dollars in revenue by its second year.