4 Classic Moves to Building an International Award-Winning Business Interview with Nita Tandon
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Nita Tandon from Dalcini Stainless is your classic entrepreneur. Well, except that she's anything but traditional. She was a stay-at-home-mom completely not satisfied with her messy cupboards, cloudy, ugly, plastic food containers. She grew up with better, cleaner, more organized food storage and knew North America was ready this too. With a little bit of elbow grease, months into her launch Dalcini Stainless won Start-Up Business of the Year for the prestigious Mompreneur group in Canada. Now she's got everyone from glampers to Hollywood calling to learn more.
What I love is the classic moves Nita has taken to build her business.
Nita had a problem and she worked to solve it.
She asked questions. She talked with her local manufacturers.
She asked more questions and talked with more manufacturers.
She started out wanting to solve to a problem and didn't stop until she found the right solution including testing her market.
It was as simple and as hard as that.
Her curiosity and hard work moved her as she started out looking to solve a problem. Now Dalcini Stainless is a year and half old, international, award-winning company.
How does she do it? She's curious. She talks to others. She breaks her time up in between big, thoughtful moments, to mindless moments to family time.
And she doesn't stop.
We talked about many things including:
- How she needed a simpler system for snack time
- How she took her east Indian background and customized it for today, for North America
- How her first idea (a lunchbox) evolved
- Challenges she faced getting over people not used to working directly with a woman
- How asking the right questions lead her to finding her ultimately starting her business
- How she didn't tell her husband what she was doing
- How her husbands supports her and their skills are complimentary
- Her timeframe to making the business happen
- Good way to teach kids how to make a proper, healthy meal
- Her workday - step by step day incorporating private time, family time, couple time and time to work
- The difference between the Big Thinking Moments and the Mindless Moments and how she plans for that each day
- How your kid see her in different roles
- How she tested her market
- Winning the Start-up of the Year Award for Mompreneur
- How her business and planning has changed
- Social Media moves.
- Diversifying with 3 Revenue Streams
- Building an advisory board
- Where she won Start-Up of the Year from Mompreneurs
More from Nita
What did you want to be when you grew up??
- I wanted to be an optometrist - I know, strange choice for a 7 or 8 yr old. I just really loved all the vision tests and thought I wanted to do that for the rest of my life!
What was your first job?
First job- I had so many jobs, I forget which one was first, but I think it was working at the popcorn stand at the local drive-in theatre. (yes, a long time ago when they still had drive-ins!)
What are your go-to books and apps?
- Hmmm... honest answer?? Truth is I don't have much time to read boos or use many apps - oh except my coffee app. I do love my coffee!
What are your favorite gifts to give?
Dalcini Stainless containers of course!