What is the one commonality we have in our daily lives? Stress.
In 2007, Vicki Eber began her career in massage therapy; thus creating Full Circle Wellness.
As a certified yoga instructor and receiving a Wellness Coach certification from Mayo Clinic, Eber works with individuals and corporations to build personal and professional stress-free lives. Creating specific wellness plans for her clients, Eber is helping people make small lifestyle changes to manage their stress and incorporate in any of the seven aspects of wellness they may be missing because stress has taken over.
Though her journey has been long, she is now looking to digitize her business into podcasts and webinars to better reach a national audience.
Eber spoke a little bit about entrepreneurship in Fort Wayne, here’s what she had to say.
What made you decide to open a business in Fort Wayne/Northeast Indiana?
I opened Full Circle Wellness in 2007 after getting tired of making notes of what I would do to improve the places I worked for. I knew I was going to be staying here, and it wasn’t going to be easy, but I took the opportunity to make a leap when my place of work was closing. I know I’m meant to be an entrepreneur now that I’ve been doing it for a little over a decade!
What is the biggest challenge you have worked to overcome in starting your business?
Always being a few years ahead of what my clientele may be prepared for, and trusting it will be a success. Fear and doubt is always a struggle of an entrepreneur and I’ve been putting faith in myself as a standard practice since the beginning, even when fear and doubt start creeping in.
What resource in the community has helped you thrive in the community?
I am connected to a women’s entrepreneur group, Own Your Success. They are such a wonderful support system, give great advice, and inspire me every day with what all they do.
Also, my clients and students. They inspire me each time I connect with them. They are why I do what I do, which helps me to continue thriving. I am constantly reminded why I do what I do. If I lost that, I wouldn’t be thriving.
What is some advice you would have for new entrepreneurs?
Scrape your knees, fall down, but get back up! Those are the best moments to learn and grow from.
Never cave under doubt and fear! The scariest moments are going to be the best decisions you’ve ever made because you took a chance.
Lastly, ask for help! Invest in a coach, hire someone to do your web design or social media, or ask a friend for a hand in painting your space. Help doesn’t make you weak, it helps you gain strength and energy to give everything you’ve got towards your passion.
What person has helped you the most in your journey?
My Executive Coach, Michelle Gladieux. She is my cheerleader and my person I can go to when I need to be held accountable for getting the major stuff done for business growth. I couldn’t be more appreciative of the positive role she has played in my journey, all the way to today.
What would be the best thing Fort Wayne could do for entrepreneurs in your opinion?
Change up the networking scene. I hear it all the time, people DREAD networking events. We have a lot of young entrepreneurs coming into this city, which is incredible! Make networking more interesting than just grabbing lunch or coffee and going around the table. It’s what made me drawn to 1 Million Cups. Networking hasn’t changed much in the decade I’ve been in business, but 1 Million Cups is on the forefront of where I can see networking shifting to a diverse population of entrepreneurs hearing about new and long-running businesses, helping each other out, and connecting to one another.
Find out more information about Full Circle Wellness by visiting their website.
Check out Vicki Eber discussing her business at a recent 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne event below.
About 1 Million Cups Fort Wayne:
1 Million Cups is an event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Fort Wayne. Events occur every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at Sweetwater. Check out their website for up-to-date information.