Happy 5th birthday to Embarketing!

It all started with an email that went out to just 10 people.

I just wanted to send you a quick email to let you know that I am wanting to spread my wings and start helping other small businesses in Wagga!

Simone Eyles sends me this email at least once a year to remind me of where it all started... on my kitchen table... just like so many of the startups and small businesses that walk through our door every day.

At first it was one referral (Jason Crowley to The Blessed Bean), and then two referrals (Simone Eyles to Tilma Group), and before I knew it things had snowballed into a bunch of exciting opportunities.

Since then I have worked with over 300 clients, added 2 full time staff members, built more than 150 websites, directed numerous tv campaigns, presented workshops on websites, social media and marketing, and moved office 3 times.

And I'm proud to say that my first 5 clients are still my clients today.

I didn’t plan to make this occasion a celebration. It popped up on my LinkedIn feed, and I ignored it, as like always I focus on everyone else’s business and marketing, and my long to-do list. But this year I am trying to practice what I preach, so I took a moment to write a Facebook/LinkedIn post, which turned into a blog.

It is important to recognise these milestones in business as so many don’t make it to this point. And the milestones don’t come without some steep learning curves, 3am starts and more than a few tears along the way. I don’t have children, so my business is my child in a sense. And right now I should be snapping pictures for Facebook and sending it off to the first day of kindergarten.

Thank you

A huge shout out to everyone who has supported Embarketing throughout these 5 years, especially in the early days. To those who have trusted us with their brand, who have given us the freedom to create with no limits, who have pushed me to be better every single day. To those who foster the start up culture in Wagga, there is no way I could have gotten to this point without you. To those who have believed in me when I lost my way, and have helped steady the ship and keep it on course.

Simone Eyles, Dianna Somerville, Deanna McNaughton, Linda Tillman. My mentors and my friends.

Lisa Cameron, Lisa Thomas, Chrystianna Moran. My partners in crime.

And a shout out to what Embarketing has become, with my husband James coming on board 12 months ago to provide administrative support and photography. And Hannah who joined our team 6 months ago who works on all things social.

Some highlights from the past 5 years:

To my clients, your success is my success.

When I look around and see all of the people living their passion, it inspires me to do the same. When I see your ideas and innovation, throwing yourself out of your comfort zone, reinventing your businesses, and picking yourself up through the tough times… it inspires me to do the same.

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for tomorrow.

-Cristy