Today we’d like to introduce you to Stacey Vazquez.
Hi Stacey, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Over the years, I enjoyed making charcuterie boards for friends and family at our dinner parties and special occasion get-togethers. I loved how they always seemed to make everyone happy and bring them together to catch up while enjoying the board. After a difficult 2020, I decided to start my small business while working full-time as a law enforcement officer in LA County. During a time of such difficulty, this business was an outlet for me that brought me joy while being able to be creative and serve others. I also loved seeing how happy and excited my customers would get over their orders. As business began to pick up, I ultimately made the difficult decision to leave my seven years law enforcement career and pursue this business full time. This was the scariest leap of faith I have ever taken and looking back, I am so happy I did it. Since devoting myself full-time to V&G Charcuterie, I have opened a storefront in The Shops at Dos Lagos in the city of Corona. One of the main lessons I’ve learned from starting this business is if you ever feel stuck in any aspect of life, you truly have the ability to change things for yourself. I’m happier than ever and I’m thrilled at the opportunities this business has given me.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
When starting a business with zero experience, you can always expect much trial and error. Some of the struggles I faced were figuring out which permits and licenses I needed, learning how to properly manage my time to give myself a work-life balance and figuring out how to arrange my boards and tables in a way that were the most appealing to the eye. I am still constantly learning how to improve my business and I believe I always will be. Everything takes practice and everyone has to start somewhere.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
V&G Charcuterie is able to create all things charcuterie but our main forte is grazing tables. Grazing tables instantly elevate any event giving it that “wow” factor. Guests are always drawn to our grazing tables and have so much interest in them. We take the time to plan each table specifically for our guest’s events and we’re happy to customize their table in any way we can.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
When searching for a mentor, you want to look at someone who is accomplishing or has accomplished your current goal. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask questions. Also, don’t limit yourself to just one mentor. I personally have multiple mentors that I look up to and they’re all great at different things.