077 – The Only Holiday in August with Merley Greenidge

Merley Greenidge by Kitti McMeelEpisode 077 – Merley Greenidge is the owner of Celebrate Sweetly, a corporate and personal gifting and event company based in Thousand Oaks, California.GBU-NEW-Candle-077MG

Her passion lies in creating beautiful and thoughtful gifts that let the recipient know they are truly appreciated. She loves to create bliss one gift and one event at a time.

Merley is a Certified Gift Designer and has won nine design awards over the past five years at the National Gift Basket Convention. She’s also an Ambassador in the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Merley is married and the mother of 3 young ladies. She loves the ocean, listening to jazz music and would be happy to simply sit by the beach and read all day.

Business Inspiration

Making the switch from hobby to business [2:51]
What needed to change for this to happen [3:54]
How The Only Holiday in August came about [5:50]

Business Building Insights – Events for Biz Growth

Steps to prepare for an event [6:34]
Getting people to come to your event [11:37]
The importance of a “tie in” for PR [12:58]
All about the raffle and tips for success [14:49]
Merley describes the theme and decor for her event [16:19]
Social Media role and promotion for the vendors [19:31]
Post event debrief and what Merley will do differently next year [24:33]

Success Trait

Merley is an optimist. Hear what she has to say about the glass half empty thinking. [26:39]

Productivity/Lifestyle Tool

Darren Hardy’s Daily Inspirational Videos

Valuable Book

Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great by Joshua Medcalf

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Contact Links


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  1. Linda Coburn on September 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    This was a great interview with a talented entrepreneur! I’ve been lucky enough to have Merley help us plan our business’s one-year anniversary party. She knows what she’s about!

  2. Paola on September 27, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Merley is a Great event planner and creative with her gift baskets. She’s hard to beat

  3. Joyce Arrieta on October 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Sue, Great interview with Merley….thanks for insight for me going forward with my business!

  4. Sharon Day on October 3, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    Love Merley and anything she does! Super talented, organized and very high end! Great interview!

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