Did you know there is an all-women insurance office right here in Toledo? At Laurie Compos Insurance, their primary focus is to educate small businesses and families, providing them with the finest insurance protection available. As a local independent insurance agency, they are dedicated to serving our community. You can learn more about their services on their WEBSITE.
Tell us about yourself! What makes you, “you”?
I am family motivated. I am a firm believer in raising strong motivated positive children. I am now seeing it come full circle with my little grand babies. My why for my business and risks I have taken, have been family motivated. I love enjoying the sunshine while boating and hanging out on the beach whenever possible. I enjoy planting flowers and watching them bloom. I also really enjoy decorating homes.
Describe your business/services and then tell us about what brought you to creating this business and why you’re passionate about it.
Laurie Campos Insurance is an office made up of all women. I opened in 2011 with the goal of always putting my customers first. Having the opportunity to shop different companies for my clients, making sure they aren’t being taken advantage of financially. We offer home, auto, business, and life insurance. We have 7 companies we represent. At one time we had 16. We have narrowed our list down to our favorites as a company and history of competitiveness. We love customers of all ages, but have a niche for 30-50 year olds. Our other niche is teen drivers. On the commercial side, we love start up businesses commercial buildings, and restaurants.
What goals do you have for your business in the future?
Our goal is to add 1 million in premium in the next 4 years. Growing on the commercial side. Being able to help more business owners. This will also give our team an opportunity to increase their income to be more comfortable financially.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a business owner and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge at the beginning of my agency, was the financial strain. I took on a lot of debt, and didn’t have enough money to cover all my overhead expenses. After about 3 years of continuously adding more debt, I was finally seeing money left at the end of each month. Overcoming this for me was a mindset. I would either lose everything or succeed. So I focused on success and helping my clients. In that time, I just had to trust it would work out.
What advice would you give to a woman looking to start a business or get into a leadership role? Is there one thing that has helped you specifically?
My advice to other business owners…would be to dive into what you want and give it your all. Failure is just taking the next step to success. Don’t just test the waters, fully dive in and take the risk. Keep educating yourself the whole way and after success.
What made you want to join HerHub?
HerHub to me is a place we can relate to struggles we may have as a women business owners. Helping each other through those struggles. Leaning on each other and learning from each other.
Why do you feel it’s important to collaborate and empower other women?
We need to empower each other to make each women more successful. Women are the best multitaskers around it is embedded in us as a mother. Helping someone else grow also empowers you, which is why its important to collaborate together.
We love spreading love to other woman-owned businesses and we bet you do too. Give a shout out here to your favorite, local, woman-owned business (besides your own)!
I have met so many great women, but my shout out would be to BelleBee Photography for her personality and knowledge. I also think a shout out should go to Kait Noelle Jewelry, for her goal of opening a new store.