Entrepreneur Tips From The Antiques Diva™

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>People often ask me how I turned “my passion into profits”, going from a seasoned antique shopper to founding my own business, The Antiques Diva European Shopping Tours. My response to this question usually involves a favorite quote from Friend’s star Phoebe Buffet, “I may play the fool at times, but I’m a little more than just a pretty blonde girl with a bum that won’t quit”. I’m not just The Antiques Diva – I’m The Business Diva too! And while this quote might be a one stop answer to the question, there’s a lot more to the story than that. Today, you have a unique opportunity to read the story behind the story. I recently sat down with Gaebler.com to chat about starting a business overseas, growing that business and the steps involved in becoming a successful entrepreneur.

Gaebler Ventures, the brain-child of Ken Gaebler, is a business incubator and holding company that develops and nurtures companies that are shaping the future. With an emphasis on seed-stage and early-stage investments, the Chicago-based partnership has invested in companies since 1999 and has established numerous innovative and market-leading enterprises.

Gaebler writes, “Combine a love of travel, antiques and shopping together and you’ve got a great business. That’s what Toma Clark Haines has managed to do, and she has some great advice for anyone who wants to transform their passions into profits.”

They close their article by telling readers that The Antiques Diva is “a talented entrepreneur who has made a name for herself in the fast-growth shopping tourism industry.”

If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, this site was created just for you! While I’m fixating on my own interview with Gaebler’s, they’ve literally tories-and-Features.htm” target=”_blank”>interviewed hundreds of talented entrepreneurs providing the unique resources needed to getting your company off to the right start.

Click here to read my interview!

Until Next Time,
The Antiques Diva™

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • Diva,
    I’ve heard you speak before on antique shopping in Europe, but why don’t you start speaking on starting a buisness too? Women’s Business Initiative could use you or what about Women’s Connect? I know the expat crowds would love more advice on how to start a career in their suitcase. Many have ideas but not the energy or motivation you have – you inspire me and I know you would inspire others to see they could do it too. Thanks as always for your great blog. I can’t wait to take another tour. Next stop Paris.
    Annette