A Major Thank You


Hey there Dot Community!

I've been a little passive in this space. Running a small business that spans three countries and two continents is a little crazy! But I wanted to check in with you this afternoon. Mostly because I want you to know how truly awesome you are and I want you to know how thankful I am that you are a part of this. 

Some of you know that Dot has been in the works for almost two years now. She started as a class project my senior year at Mississippi College. She was a business plan that, in all honesty, I wasn't sure if I was capable of turning into anything more than just plans on paper. Then, last year, I worked at a wonderful church outside of Jackson, Mississippi and was given incredible resources and time to go further than I thought I was capable in developing this little dream. We found American-made products to be sure that kids wouldn't be harmed as we tried to help other ones go to school. Products were designed (Shout out to my two favorite designers Paige Pinson and John Kelly!), and I'm biased but they are pretty rocking. Our website was developed, and the last thing to do was to make this thing live. I sent it out into social media world on June 18th, and the rest, as they say, is history. (Made by a lot of hard work by a lot of awesome people!)

Over the past three months, we've funded the 2014-2015 year of school for five kids, and we're less than 40 days from funding our 6th year. Almost four hundred of our Dot products have made their ways into hands of students and teachers and moms and business people and... YOU. You have made this whole thing possible. We've been featured on blogs and so many Instagram posts, all over social media and in a magazine! Our products are on their way to be given away at two incredible conferences over the next month, which in itself will put a child in school for an entire semester. I've had the opportunity to speak at camps and meetings and churches, to tell my story in homes and Skype calls and over dinner. Dot has been embraced by literally thousands of people who have liked and shared and talked and made her into the beautiful creature she is daily becoming, and I simply want to say thank you. So much. 

As a twenty-three-year-old first-time entrepreneur, there were a lot of fears in starting Dot. A lot of apprehension and anxiety and questions. I didn't know if I could do it. Honestly, there are still a TON of unanswered questions, but the anxiety isn't there anymore. Mostly because I know you're in this with me; we're a team, no matter what role you play in this adventure, and I'm excited to walk it out beside you. 

To anyone who is considering entrepreneurship, to anyone who has a tiny little idea and wants to change the world, here's your sign. Let's do this. Be that change. Be the one who sees the problem and goes after it to make a difference. Let the people around you know. Reach out and allow yourself to be embraced. (And of course, that includes me! Let me know what you're doing!)

Do one thing today that'll change the world of tomorrow.


Hallie D. Brand