The North Iowa Women In Business series continues. I would like to introduce you to Angie Huffman of Be Well God Bless. Angie has a passion for helping others, as she is passionate about people, God and problem solving. If you have a business that needs a little help, Angie has a solution for you.
WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS?
The idea of Be Well God Bless has been growing for a couple years, it officially became a business in January 2016. We started out in a beta phase tweaking the software and team members’ responsibilities. In July we have started our soft launch fully able to enroll new members, knowing we will still be perfecting our system and thus we have a discounted rate for membership. January 2017 will be our full launch where advertising will begin and additional add-on services for members will be available.
WHY DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS?
Since 8th grade career day I’ve been focused on wellness and recreation. I was in my dream job in my hometown as director of the Cedar River Complex in Osage but realized I needed to let that go, and it was time for a change. After I quit I wasn’t sure what my purpose was. It was a rough spot in our life, and I got on my knees and asked for God’s help. Soon after there were people in my life with services and products that gave me hope, healing, joy and love. It was at this time in 2014 the idea of Be Well God Bless started to form. The idea of having a community of people to share their stories knowing it could positively impact others. It would be free for anyone to come and learn, and there would be a paid membership for those that wanted to share. I knew technology could provide tools to record and share people’s passion, but for many technology is a barrier because of time, money and know how. Our team takes on the role of building the tools and shares them with a community of like minded people.
WHO HAS MENTORED YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS OF BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS?
There are so many people that have crossed my path during this process that have really helped develop what Be Well God Bless has become. The team is a group I constantly go to to get feedback, and I value all their thoughts. I attended a class at UNI for launching a startup business, and our assignment was to call 100 people that would be considered our niche market to learn what is typical for them and what are their biggest challenges and struggles. From there build your business to solve their problems. It was very valuable to learn not to create something you think is cool and try and convince people they need it, but instead learn about a problem and create a solution. That certainly helped mentor me through this process.
Others that I have always admired and looked up to as great entrepreneurs and business leaders that I connected with are Eric & Janet Sparrow who developed Milkhouse Candles, Jason & Alicia Trout who developed GoodBlogs, Steven Thompson who wrote “Sitting in the Rubble or Standing on the Wall”, Jim Anastasi who is a counselor, speaker and author, and Bob & Pat Kern founders of Generac Power Systems. Each of their stories helped me put into perspective where we are at and what it takes to have success and also to help me better define success.
DO YOU BELONG TO ANY BUSINESS ORGANIATIONS, IF SO, WHICH ONES?
I’ve recently been introduced and belong to Polka Dot Powerhouse in Cedar Falls which is for positive, action-forward business women. The goal of the group is building relationships, celebrating one another, learning together, collaborating, changing the world and enjoying the positive perspective.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY.
I married my high school sweetheart, Derrick. We have 3 school age kids. Derrick and I partner with my parents farming near Elma, and Derrick also works at FMC landfill. We live in Osage and the kids are active in music, sports, dance and playing with their friends. One of our favorite things to do is head to the farm, we jump on the trampoline, have a campfire, ride the four wheeler on our trails and hang out in the barn. I have an amazing husband, kids, parents and in-laws, and without their help and support I would not be where I am today.
I believe God puts us in certain places at certain times for a reason – To Learn, to Share or to Grow. Be Well God Bless is connecting the people that want to Learn with those that want to Share and together both Grow.
I love connecting with people, learning about who they are and what is their passion. It really frustrates me when I meet someone who has a great gift, but they don’t know how to share it with others so I created a system to record their story and build them tools so they can be understood by more people and ultimately use their gift to positively impact more lives.