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Jill McGowan, Owner, Jill McGowan

What is the most valuable business lesson you have learned?

“I have learned through my 25 years in business, and earlier on from my enterprising parents, that it takes healthy doses of hubris and humility to start up a company and build a brand. The hubris carries you forward when it seems like there’s no hope or prospect for growth – when the banks and investors turn you down, when a recession hits and when things simply look grim and hopeless. Humility carries you through the best days and serves as a reminder to savor those days, and it certainly helps with all my relationships with loved ones and co-workers.”