In honor of International Women’s Day, we asked some of the female small business leaders in our community for one piece of advice they’ve received from a female mentor that they want to share with other women.

Here’s what they had to say:

Roz Harris

Owner, Fit Chicks! – Studio & LIVE 
“If you want to have the life that you want, you need to give your team the life that they want first. It’s team first.”

Roz Harris

Hye Jin Kalgaonkar

CEO and Founder, The Hot Room 
“You can’t be committed to your dream and your comfort zone at the same time.”

Hye Jin Kalgaonkar

Courtney Andrus

Co-Owner, Pure Eatery and Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub

“Show up with an “Intentional, Energetic, Presence”. The way you show up will affect your outcome. Be intentional, show up with energy, and reboot your presence in the moment. This is the way to create an impact, both professionally and personally.”

-Advice I read in Anese Cavanaugh’s book, Contagious You

Courtney Andrus

Manasa Nagraj

Owner, Hammer & Stain Central Indiana

“Trust yourself with your dreams, castles are not built overnight.” 

Manasa Nagraj

Les Reinhardt

Executive Director, Fishers Arts Council

“Don’t apologize for doing your job.” 

Les Reinhardt

Punam Karmacharya

Owner & Director, Mathnasium- Fishers

“Convincing your client is one thing but keeping them convinced and exceeding their expectation is a whole different matter. It certainly puts you on your toes and tests your true potential.”

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Jill Lehman

Founder & Managing Consultant, High Frequency Arts

“You can achieve whatever you want to be in this world. But you must first believe in yourself, hold your head up, and put in the effort to be it.”

–Given by my grandmother, Terpenna Kachemenis. She and my grandfather were immigrants from Macedonia.

Jill-Lehman