For Lisa Davis, founder of Analytics Partners, which was recently named one of GrowFL's Companies To Watch for 2016, the theme of family threads through many aspects of her entrepreneurial journey. "My father was an entrepreneur and always owned his own company so that was instilled in me growing up," she said. "When I got the idea to venture out on my own, I would never have been able to quit my secure job without the support of family and their spirit of entrepreneurship behind me. I knew I would always have a place to go if things went badly and that gave me the courage to take the leap, take the risk and ultimately reap the reward."
The theme of family does not stop there. For Davis, work is family as well. "We often spend more time with each other than we do with our own families so it is important to me to foster a fun family culture for employees but also allow them to incorporate their family into our work family. If they need to, they are welcome to bring kids to work. We include family members in team building initiatives and company trips. If their child has an event, they need to be there. In addition, they have 40 paid hours every year to volunteer in any way they see fit outside of work to give back to the community."
Analytics Partner is all the stronger for it. "Our differentiator is our people," Davis said. "We know our clients' business, we know the value and we know how to work as a team to provide value. We have the innovative spirit and know how to always stay on top of the latest in our clients' markets."
Davis's advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to keep the faith. "Never lose sight of your vision," she said. "Believe in it and the strategy you implement because there are a lot of naysayers and there are good and bad days. Staying strong in your belief will help you achieve your goal."