BBF 24 | Successful Career Development

Claudia Harvey is probably one of the very few women who has done it all. She is a global entrepreneur and investor, speaker and influencer, bestselling author, philanthropist, and, more importantly, a proud mom of three. However, Claudia admits her whole career did not happen overnight. It took her over years of developing and moving from one stepping stone to another. Today, Claudia opens up about the things she has to go through to become the success that she is – starting up her thriving business and putting up an incredible brand. She demonstrates how to capitalize on opportunities and take concepts into the market, and expands on the power of your network. A renaissance woman, Claudia, also talks about her family life, her motivation and inspiration, and what she calls the “three pillars of possibility.”

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Building A Million Dollar Brand With Claudia Harvey

As I have promised all of you, my shows are not only tons of content that I deliver, but wonderful inspiring interviews with people that I think are rocking it when it comes to branding. Such a person like that is Claudia Harvey. She is a global entrepreneur and investor, speaker and influencer, bestselling author, philanthropist and more importantly, a proud mom of three. Before I bring Claudia on, let me tell you a little bit more about her. Twenty-plus years into her successful corporate career, Claudia Harvey began her first independent venture with Dig It Apparel, www.DigItApparel.com. Dig It struck a deal with Kevin O’Leary, who was the famous venture capitalist of CBC Canada’s Dragon’s Den and NBC’s Shark Tank. The resulting deal opened the door to launching and investing in other businesses and making a quantifiable difference in the lives of others.

You can tell that we’ve got someone special here, but there’s more. As a founding partner of BG Wealth Group, Inc., BG Investment Holdings Inc., and BG Marketing Authority, Claudia and her team help others emulate her success, grow their businesses and expand their wealth. In 2019, Claudia was awarded the Top Female Business Leader Award for New York’s International Association of Top Professionals. She also joined other outstanding influencers such as Oprah Winfrey and Melinda Gates as a contributing author of America’s Leading Ladies. As she balanced raising a family of three and creating her own businesses, Claudia became an International keynote speaker and shared events with notables such as Tony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Bill Walsh, Pitbull and many others.

Aside from her successful career, I think it’s important that you’d also know that Claudia believes in the power of paying it forward and helping organizations dedicated to empowering women and youth. She sits on the International Advisory Board of Sonas.org and created the BG Scholarship Fund, which provides underprivileged children with a post-secondary education that will help them realize and achieve their full potential. Never forgetting her Canadian roots, she’s in Canada, Claudia is also a member of the Foundation Board of Princess Margaret Hospital, one of the five most renowned cancer research hospitals in the world.

Featured on NBC, Fox, CBS and other publications such as The Globe and Mail, Report on Business, the Financial Times and the Women of Distinction Magazine, Claudia hopes to inspire, empower and help others to maximize their potential and reach their own personal goals. I’ve got to tell you readers, you are in for one special treat because this woman is exceptional. She’s extraordinary. She’s out there making it happen. Claudia, you’re somewhat of a serial entrepreneur, aren’t you?

I certainly am. I do enjoy it.

Thank you for being here. Where do you want to start? You’ve got many things that are amazing about you. What is it that you want to share and let your readers know?

First of all, thank you so much for inviting me to be a participant on your wonderful show and I’m honored. A lot of people asked me how I do it all. I hear you read that and talk about that and I’m thinking, “That sounds a lot,” but it’s a whole career worth of development. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s over the course of years that you develop and it’s stepping stones to one thing leads to another and a door opens. I take the opportunity to go through that door, develop that network and it’s baby steps at a time and one step forward, every single day, 365 steps forward in a year. When you look back at the history of that, it’s a development and progress and I never stop.

What’s your story? What were those a-ha moments that occurred for you to start up this thriving business, this evolution of business and this incredible brand that you’ve put together? My work is all about big branding and you are clearly out with world-class, high performance, elite brands. What’s your story? Tell us a little bit more about yourself.

The story actually develops from corporate days. When I was working in insurance and banking, I was working in sales, marketing, finance, the whole gamut, bringing companies together. That was my job to also work in the holistic part of the business. I eventually decided on my own to leave the corporate business behind because I have three young kids and I thought I need to be more present in their lives. That’s the whole reason in my opinion of having kids is to be present. I had the opportunity of creating Dig It Apparel. Our first product or our flagship product was called Dig It Handwear and this basically evolved from a conversation with a friend and she eventually became my business partner that I started the company with.

She’s no longer with the company, but she had come over one day and she had destroyed her hands and her manicure in the garden the day before. She said, “We should create a manicure protective gardening glove.” It sounds foo-foo shi-shi like, “Really? Come on.” However, there was nothing like it in the world. We researched it before we developed the idea. We researched to determine if there was a glove that met a woman’s needs out there in the marketplace and there wasn’t in the world. We created a manicure protective tip or a nail protected tip built inside each fingertip of a lady’s glove fitted specifically for ladies to be utility or garden to protect her hands and her investment in her nails.

Manicures and nails range between $22 and $50 every three weeks or every week depending on how much you want. That’s a lot of money for ladies. These ladies also like being active. The garden industry was growing 17% and the spa industry was growing 17% and lo and behold, it was the same woman that was growing both industries. With a bit of research and a bit of understanding, we had five prototypes of gloves we developed over the course of nine months. The company that is now Dig It Apparel and the first product is called Dig It Hammer.

That is incredible because you demonstrate one of the things that I always tell small business owners, which is looking for opportunities that you can capitalize on. Where do those opportunities often lie? A problem that’s going unsolved, that’s what you did. You literally took something and said, “We should do so and so.”

It was my need. It was our need. We let it win. This is rather funny because I’m sure lots and lots of people have this. You get together socially over drinks, the barbecue at dinner and you go, “They should create this. They should do this. We should do this,” but nothing ever happens after that. It’s just a chat. We took it to the next level and went, “There might be something to it.” That’s the important key factor. Ideas are a dime a dozen, but what you do with it is important.

Do you want to shed some light on that in terms of how you went from concept to get something into the market? It’s one thing to have a great idea, to your point, it’s another thing to be able to turn that great idea into a marketable product. Tell us a little bit about that path and that journey.

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It takes time to do that and you have to allow yourself the time to explore that. The very first thing was to research determining if the idea that you have is in the marketplace already, number one. Number two, if it’s not in the marketplace, what does it take to get to market? If there’s an actual market for it, you could think that your widget idea is the best thing since sliced bread. If no one else in the world thinks that, then you don’t have a market. No matter how much you think it’s great, unless there’s a market for it, unless people think there is, then you move forward.

If you decide that you can move forward with an idea, then you have to create a marketing plan honestly and a financial plan to determine then you’re pricing out in the marketplace. You can talk product or service, but it’s a marketing plan, financial plan drives the business plan. Those are scary words for a lot of people. It doesn’t have to be scary. It literally could be five pages of ideas written down and then priced accordingly. That’s a huge key factor in developing a product or a new business or a new service is pricing it accordingly so it meets the market needs, doesn’t out price yourself, but it doesn’t undercut yourself because you need to make a profit in the business.

One, meet a market need. Needs are all over the place. The question is, can you identify that need? This often shows up to your point as something that people are looking for that they presently cannot find because that need can be filled. Number two, make sure that you price it at a level that people are going to want to purchase it. There was nothing else out there like this in terms of protecting your nails?

There were men’s gloves that were downsized to ladies’ gloves, but they had no protective tip inside. They weren’t developed well. They flopped around on your hands. The material went over your fingernails and scratched your fingers up. You were wearing them for twenty minutes and you’d get your hand sopping wet full of dirt and you throw them off. What’s the point? That’s what was in the marketplace. With our gloves, that doesn’t happen. You keep them on, your hand can get wet, but they’re also made of recycled materials which is wonderful for the environmental footprint. You can use them again and again, put them in a washing machine, lay them flat to dry, made with double reinforced stitching at the fingertips. Your finger is inhibited from busting out. All of these things had focus groups. These women that we asked said, “This is what we want,” and they took it seriously and we took it seriously. That’s where we went to the market. We developed the product that women asked for and we didn’t say, “We should create it,” then on a whim think what we wanted. We asked the marketplace and research and that’s what took nine months to get to market.

Tell us about your background because you’ve worked in the corporate world for a while. You’re a brilliant strategist. People call me this brilliant brand strategist, but one of the connections with you is that you are all about strategy. Tell us a little bit more about your background and what led up to this.

Ironically, I graduated from university in child studies and psychology. It has nothing to do with what I do. A lot of people are like that. They graduate from some college or university program and they often go off on a tangent. I had three kids, I put my child studies degree to effect with my kids. That’s about it. I went immediately as soon as I graduated to Bay Street, which is the equivalent of Wall Street in Canada, and learned from the ground up being in the environment of the people that I wanted to learn from. Those were the movers and the shakers of the Canadian marketplace in the financial world. Within two years of taking my first job. I went into junior sales with an entrepreneurial company working beside the president of that company.

I learned from the ground up how to do customer service, sales, finance, and operations. That developed into a senior role at Citibank in Canada and had multinational people under me and our team that was international travels a lot. By that time, I had my three kids and then decided not to be in sales anymore, but I went to a job that was operational. I learned the operational background of a company. Eventually, several years later, I’m like, “I’m done. I want not to have everyone else suck the brain out of my head. I want to do something for myself and be around my family more.”

Was it challenging to make that leap? For a lot of people, they feel stuck in some day job, a career. Do we want to be an entrepreneur like yourself perhaps, start a business, and start multiple businesses? What was it that you were able to tap into within yourself beyond your skillset? In terms of your resume and this incredible experience that you had, what was it that you tapped into it that allowed you to step up and make that leap from the corporate world into entrepreneurship?

BBF 24 | Successful Career Development

Successful Career Development: A key factor in developing a product or a new service is pricing it accordingly so it meets the market needs.

I’m sure a lot of your readers are going, “I don’t want to be in my job. I don’t want to be doing what I’m doing.” I had that epiphany as well. I was sitting in a Chicago airport in the dead of winter and February in Chicago is not that pleasant. I was away from my family and I had the a-ha moment that I’m not happy, but instead of accepting it because you have the golden handcuffs, because I had a good salary and good compensation, I decided that’s not the most pivotal thing in my life. The money is important, but I was willing to give up some of the compensation to have more balance in my life. It was listening to that little teeny tiny voice saying, “You’re not happy, but you worked hard and long to get to that point in your career that accepting that maybe this isn’t the be-all and end-all of life.” I don’t want this to be forever. Once you hear that little inner voice and you acknowledge it, it’s like reverse engineering where you want to be, how you want to do it and taking the steps that it takes to get to where you want to be. It might take 3, 6 months, a year. When I was in that Chicago airport, it took me about another year to leave that role, but I knew I had a plan to leave it. I took a less travel job. I was with my family more and even that wasn’t satisfying to me. That’s when I left my corporate career altogether. I also saved a little nest egg.

Did you have some money in the bank?

Yes. I wasn’t living hand to mouth. I had a fantastic network around me. I told my husband about my idea and he was supportive with a plan and he wasn’t like, “Claudia, you can quit tomorrow and here we go.” It was not that. It was good communication and talking to the people around me to get if I was having a really bad day or if I had something here that I needed to pursue in life and make a change in life.

The power of your network is huge as well. Maybe you can expand on that because that’s everything. In terms of surrounding you with people who are going to add to your life and that’s attracting your life, lift you up, empower you, what can you share about that in terms of the power of your network?

The network is absolutely crucial. I have found over the course of my career in my life that I get rid of any negative people in my life because they bring you down and that’s hard. If you’re getting a hard day, surround yourself with people that can lift you up and one connection can lead to another. Point being, we went on Dragon’s Den, which is the equivalent of Shark Tank in the United States. Kevin O’Leary used to sit on Dragon’s Den. He’s now on Shark Tank. Having a connection to somebody like that, to say that you’ve been associated with somebody like that opens doors to other opportunities and that allowed me to become a speaker. People wanted to hear me.

The story about Dragon’s Den, like the skinny behind the scenes that led to opening other doors to be a speaker that opened up other opportunities to hear. People were asking me for my advice on how I did this, similar to this discussion, and they wanted me to help them in their business, which then opened up other doors to creating other businesses. It took nine years from the inception of the first company, Dig It, to where I am with multiple businesses, international businesses.

When you love what you do, it’s okay and one thing leads to another. The power of the network is important because the person that I now partner with, the BG Wealth side is my partner and he’s also extremely positive, optimistic. He comes to the table with different talents that I have and I bring different talents that he has. We are in sync with that. We hire a team of people under us that also bring talent to the table that we don’t have. Networking is extremely important.

BG Wealth Group, BG Investment Holdings, BG Marketing Authority. What does BG Marketing Authority do? What is that business like?

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BG stands for Beyond Growth and BG Marketing Authority is our marketing company that helps business owners and entrepreneurs kick it to the next level with business strategy plus marketing understanding. We combine the marketing strategy plus the finance and create a business plan and help a company that’s even possibly in startup mode, but also in a going concern company that needs to get a little bit more attraction in the marketplace. We come at it from a strategy plus a marketing standpoint.

That’s good to know. You’re a Renaissance woman and that’s incredible. Mother of three, tell me about your kids. How old are your kids?

My kids now are 22, 18 and 16.

They all think you’re their sister? That’s what people say.

They make fun of their mother. They’re not impressed and that’s okay. They’re all wonderful. I’ve got two kids in university and one is in grade eleven in Canada. They’re all great kids. I’m happy with my choices. Going back to making choices, it’s hard to make those decisions in life that will change your compensation. We had some lean years when I started Dig It. I certainly didn’t make money the way that I made money in my corporate life, but I was rich in my family and I created a great foundation with my kids and knock wood, that foundation will carry them off into other parts in the world. It’s great.

You were very much in touch with your ‘why,’ your mission, your calling, your purpose, the thing that often drives many successful small business owners that end up creating multimillion-dollar brands. They’re clear on their why. What can you share with our readers about your why, your motivation and your inspiration?

The why is our definition of success and the definition of success can change over the course of our lives. When I was growing up, my parents were entrepreneurs and I learned at the dinner table that on lean days we would have a hamburger and on great days we would have steak. I heard about customer service and money. Money was the primary motivating factor in my family when we were growing up. I thought success meant money. As I started into my career, the more money I made, the more successful I made until I had that epiphany in Chicago going, “Money is not the be-all and end-all to my life anymore.”

My ‘why’ is living with three words in my mind and those three words are strength, balance and harmony. If I don’t have strength, balance and harmony in my life and the people around me, then I’m off-center and I’m unhappy. I live to that why. I chose to do things that would balance my life and those around me. I eventually make money. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly do like that. We are extremely successful in the ventures. It takes time to do that and it takes time to develop your why. It is listening to the inner voice and understanding that you don’t necessarily have to be in the situation you are, but surround yourself with positive people and understand where you want to be and try and develop that.

BBF 24 | Successful Career Development

Successful Career Development: The three pillars of possibility combined – emotional strength, financial understanding, and business understanding – creates a powerful you, a powerful why, and a powerful purpose in your life.

What I also hear, which is good, is that not only are you in business to make money, but it sounds like you’re more driven by having what’s called purpose-driven business where it’s more about having an impact on your business doing what you wanted to do to benefit other people besides the return that you’re going to get financially. Your whole thing is about fulfillment. If you fulfill your why and you laid it out, it’s going to come back to you many times over.

I totally believe that. I now have a big chunk of my life that also is in philanthropy. I give back to an organization called Sonas.org, which is based in Cambodia. I created a scholarship fund for deserving youth in Cambodia to go to university. We calculated out that in 30 years. God willing I’m still on the Earth in 30 years, we will have 132 graduates from the scholarship fund. The wonderful part of that is also part of their accepting scholarship fund was in five years of them graduating, they have to sponsor someone to go to university as well. It’s a ripple effect. Those kids then have to sponsor someone within five years. It’s this ripple effect from a first year of a scholarship fund, which is exciting. You’re right, the impact to the world, the legacy that I’d like to leave behind is not making money. It’s impactful commerce, impactful products that can help other people. It’s what you do with that product to make compensation and what you do with that compensation to impact the world.

I love how you were able to transform your products into a brand because if it’s a product, it’s just a product. You harness the power of big branding, which is what I preach on and teach on. I also heard a rumor that you created something called the three pillars of possibility. I heard about that and I was like, “The three pillars of possibility.” Tell us about that.

The three pillars of possibility have the emotional strength, financial understanding and business understanding and all of it combining to create a powerful you, a powerful why and a powerful purpose in your life. You are fulfilled and the rest of the people around you can be fulfilled. It’s creating those pillars to support you in your growth and your dreams and the dreams become a reality. It’s how you do that.

What have been some of those pillars that you’ve laid down that you have found to be important?

I created the three pillars of possibility when people were asking me for help in their own businesses. I’m a good strategist. I can see things. It’s one of my talents. Everyone comes to the table with certain talents. Basketball players are the pros that are their talent, they’re unique athletes. For some reason I can see strategy, I can see ahead. When a person comes to me with business advice or they need some help, I can see where they need to go and then reverse engineer how they do that. Those are the pillars. It’s the financial understanding and the marketing and the business understanding regardless of what that business is. That’s developing a strategic plan with the bite-sized pieces to meet the needs in the coming years or even the coming months. To get you out of the challenges that you might be facing to have a positive spiral upwards.

For those in our audience who aspire to be like you, especially the women out there, because you are such a role model as not only an entrepreneur but as a mom as well and as a wife. A lot of people would love to be able to start one company successfully. You not only did that, you then allowed that to lead to other companies. How did you do that? What’s the model for that?

It’s a rinse and repeat. You make something successful with trials and tribulations. Do not get me wrong. We have had definitely early day challenges that we were close to bankruptcy and it was by the skin of our teeth. I was tenacious and we kept going. I would not allow it to stop because we’ve come so far. It’s having the perseverance to meet the needs of what you want and finding solutions to go around challenges.

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What were those early challenges with the brand? I’m curious because with Dig It, was it more about not getting enough awareness of your brand or you weren’t connecting with your audience or people who are not getting the unique value of your brand? What can you share about those early challenges that you faced and how you were able to overcome them?

The brand had created a lot. We got our legs because of being on Dragon’s Den. Dragon’s Den in Canada at the time was the number one rated show in Canada and one minute of air time on Dragon’s Den equaled in essence $40,000 worth of PR. That was tremendous. For a startup company to have $40,000 of PR is a lot. We solidified our brand with that one product because we only had one product back then. We leveraged that name to have other products that met the same woman that was buying our product. We expanded our product line for the same woman. We launched a product called Dig It in the Sun. Everything is a play on words. It’s either Dig It Handwear, High 5, Eye Dig It with the sunglasses. We’ve got a body line that is an all-natural body line and it’s Dig my Body, Dig My Lipstick, Dig my Face. It’s a plan, saucy, sassy, cutesy, but they’re great products.

Quality products are extremely important to help you create your brand, otherwise people won’t re-buy you. When you bring another product out that’s under the same brand umbrella, people won’t care unless you have great products. If you have great products that are excited about a new product that you’re bringing out every year or at least every eighteen months should be something new that you’re bringing out into the marketplace as you’re developing your product brand. We brought out a product that’s called Dig It in the Sun. It’s not just a product to make money, it’s a product that will change lives, which is exciting. It is literally a biopolymer dot. It’s about 0.5-inch diameter and you put it on your body. It acts like your skin. That’s the biopolymer patented technology. You put it on your body, you go out into the sunshine, you put your sunblock over your skin and over the dot. The dot is activated by the sunshine. The dot will turn clear from purple when you are protected by sunblock.

As your sunblock leaves your body, the dot goes back to purple to tell you to reapply. Your skin would be acting to the sunshine. This doesn’t only allow a person to know when to put their product back on or their sunblock back on, but it also changed sun awareness and sunlight. The highest rate of skin cancer is between the ages of 15 and 28, if that’s when you get burned but you don’t realize that you’re creating your skin cancer, that will then come to you in your 50s and 60s. It develops. If you get those bad burns and a lot of people do, they don’t think that anything of it. “I’m going to tan.” The burning is what causes the melanomas and the skin cancers that will lie dormant until later in life. If we change the sun habits, it will change in my opinion, the skin cancer rates in the future. This product is amazing for kids, elderly, all ages.

I want to salute you on that because you took a problem and you found a way to solve it. The other thing I love about Dig It in the Sun was how you’d captured the unique value of the brand on your website which is, “Dig It in the Sun gives you the freedom to enjoy the sun.” I love that. When I scroll down your page, I see, “Dig It Gloves, keeps nails enhanced, protected from dirt-damaging debris.” That’s what you’ve been talking about, “Dig It my Style, protect and nourish with our line of personal care products.” This whole Dig It idea as a brand is outstanding. You’re in your right because you can keep coming up with different ideas and different brands or product uses every eighteen months or so because great branders like yourself understand the power of improving and enhancing and upgrading.

Our products meet the outdoor lifestyle. The same woman that bought us nine years ago continue to buy us and they’re looking forward to new products. They introduce their younger generation or their sisters or their aunts or their uncles or whatever. Now our products are not just made for women. They’re made for women that care about themselves and their families.

You see that it’s bigger than simply one product itself. Let me ask you this question because there’s always a conversation around achieving work and life balance. You’re a mom of three, you’re a wife, and you’ve got multiple companies. What are your tips and suggestions for those out there who are finding it challenging to have a balance between owning a business, which can be seven days a week, 12, 15 hours a day versus family duties? Any thoughts about that?

It’s important to turn your phone off if you’ve got family. When you have dinner time and you have weekend time or you’re taking the kids to a hockey game or a soccer game, turn your phone off. Be present with your kids, be present in the time that you have because the time will go so fast. As a lot of older parents will tell younger parents, it’s true. Being present in the day, in the moments that you have is important. Totally get there are entrepreneurs and business owners have to work 24/7 but you can balance it out by turning your phone off at intermittent times and being present in the people around you. The other thing is as you’re developing your business, it’s extremely important to have rest time as well. Take at least a 24-hour period that you’re not working. You’re not on emails, you’re not checking, you’re not talking about business and try and do that at least once a week.

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AMERICA’S LEADING LADIES who positively impact the world: Stories of Courage, Challenge and Triumph

As you’re developing your business and your business grows. That means having a team under you that can also take over some of those Jack of all trade roles that you do as a business owner, but eventually as you grow, you need to work more on the business than in the business. It’s easy for me to stay several years later because I was absolutely 100% in the business. When I first started, my business literally started from my kitchen and I was picking and packing from my garage that moved to a storage locker that moved to a warehouse in Canada that went to a warehouse in the United States. I no longer pick and pack. I don’t do any of that. I did do it at one point. Even my kids helped me at one point after Dragon’s Den and we had multiple online orders.

My kids were helping me pick and pack. Bringing them as part of the family business, if you’ve got a family business, have them be a part of it. Have them celebrate the wins with you. My kids don’t take me too seriously, but I can say that they’re proud of what their mom’s done. When I said that I was participating in a book with Oprah Winfrey and I’m chapter two right behind her and chapter one in the American Leading Ladies book, they’re like, “Mom, that’s great. Pass the salt.” It’s, “Yeah, whatever.” It’s nice to show examples to family members and the kids that are around you that you can aspire them to do more and you don’t even know that until little things start percolating along and they start growing up and reiterating some of the things that you’ve been saying to them, which is joyful to see. It’s nice.

That speaks to who you are in terms of your heart and your commitment and your contribution to the planet in terms of inspiring and empowering and helping others to maximize their own potential and reach their own personal goals and live a life of fulfillment. Can people see you speak anywhere? Do you have any speaking gigs lined up for 2020, perhaps here in America, Canada? Anything you want to, please tell us about it.

I will definitely be in the United States a few times over the course of the year in 2020. I have an engagement already in New York in April. We are adding to the website the calendar of events that are coming up, so that’s coming up soon on the website so people will be able to see and join. Lots of times that I speak, I speak at private functions and they’re not actually on the website. They’re not to public functions, therefore corporations that have hired me to come in and speak to their teams or whatever. Any public events would definitely be up on the website and I’m happy to share that with people.

That’s ClaudiaHarvey.com.

If you want to get a hold of my team or myself, ClaudiaHarvey.com, hit the Contact Us button and have a discovery call with us and see how we can help you. I’d be happy to do that.

What a voice of inspiration you are. You started off with one person, yourself, in the kitchen.

It was my business partner and me, but it was me doing all fulfilling.

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How many employees do you now have?

We have about 25 employees. We outsource our logistics, so we don’t own the logistics companies. I outsource as much as I can so I don’t have to have the overhead. That’s one of the choices that I made. We have a logistics company in the United States and Canada and we have agents across the United States as well as selling our goods and products and a whole network of people that work with us. Thank goodness for my team because I could not do what I do anymore without my team and they are amazing at what they do. I work them so hard, but I love them to bits. We have a good time and we enjoy life and we love each other. It’s great.

Like they say, “There is no I in the word team.” You can’t do it by ourselves. I tell you what a treat this has been and thank you so much.

It’s been my pleasure, Gerry.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our audience?

Let the overwhelm go. It’s important that you have a plan and a strategy and a goal. One step forward every single day is 365 steps moving forward in a year. On the days that are the harder days, let it go because the sun will rise in the morning and it’s okay. Give yourself a break. Keep the focus in mind. If you’re having those hard days or a year finding that you’re stuck, surround yourself with people that can lift you up. We can help with that. If you ever need any help to your audience members, reach out because it’s important to be surrounded by people that have been there, done it, understand where you come from. Give yourself a break every once in a while and enjoy life and laugh. It’s okay to laugh.

Those are pearls of wisdom. Coming from someone who’s been there and has learned how to overcome the mountains and everything else. Thank you so much for your time. As my promise, as the head of this show is to bring you the best not only in terms of content for big branding, but in terms of small business solvers like Claudia Harvey. She’s out there putting things out into the world that not only are for people to enjoy and fall in love with, but something that will be hard for the world to ignore. Take care.

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About Claudia Harvey

BBF 24 | Successful Career DevelopmentTwenty-plus years into her successful corporate career, Claudia Harvey began her first independent venture with Dig It Apparel® Inc. (www.digitapparel.com). Dig It® struck a deal with Kevin O’Leary, famous venture capitalist of CBC Canada’s Dragons’ Den and NBC’s Shark Tank. The resulting deal opened the door to launching and investing in other businesses and making a quantifiable difference in the lives of others.

As a Founding Partner of BG Wealth Group Inc., BG Investment Holdings Inc., and BG Marketing Authority, Claudia and her team help others emulate her success, grow their businesses, and expand their wealth. In 2019, Claudia was awarded the Top Female Professional Award from New York’s International Association of Top Professionals. She also joined other outstanding influencers – such as Oprah Winfrey and Melinda Gates – as a contributing author of America’s Leading Ladies.

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