Time is Money. We know that, but how do we act on that? And what if you have a small shop with just a few employees? Or, what if the ONLY employee is YOU? Lori Champagne had a small shop near San Diego with four employees, and now has an even smaller shop near Detroit, where it is just her and Nat the Cat. She will share her experiences and lessons in maximizing production output and minimizing machine down time in a small business. She will also address aspects of shop layout and design, as well as and how to be a one-person assembly line. Being organized is key!
Lori Champagne – Owner, Champagne Engraving
Creativity feeds the soul. Lori Champagne lives this adage. She has had many careers from picture framer to Muppet builder, from hotel night auditor to newspaper editor. In 1994 she was looking for a business that was creative, yet with vast business possibilities. She found the awards industry. Over the next 15 years, her California-based shop, Champagne Recognition, won countless awards, and in 2012, Champagne was featured in a front-page Wall Street Journal article for excellence in creativity. That same year she fell in love, sold her retail shop, and moved to Michigan. Working in multi-media, her dedicated home-based studio is complete with a panoply of machinery and tooling. Champagne is a long-time member of Toastmasters and volunteers for various organizations.