Judy Huang, Founder, 889 Global Solutions is this weeks featured Woman of Wisdom
Tell us about your business
889 Global Solutions is a contract manufacturer proudly headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with all our production facilities across East Asia. For over 20 years we have worked hard to build up a vast vendor network of over 50 factories specializing in casting, machining, and extruding for industrial components and assemblies. We have experience in many industries improving the supply chains of original equipment manufacturers ranging from Fortune 200 to middle market companies by taking title and having boots on the ground.
Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
My “Why” is to help others, colleagues, clients, vendors and our community while keeping our core values at heart. I keep myself at peak performance through a balance of mind (prayers/meditation), body (exercise), and soul (teamwork). That helps me stay focused on the big picture and not get caught up in the daily short term hiccups.
What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
Throughout my years in business I have not had one particular person or group be my greatest influence. However, joining groups like the Young President’s Organization and Entrepreneur’s Organization with their MIT business ownership training has been invaluable. Those groups and their Industry-specific education programs have allowed me to learn from various great influences within our business community such as Entrepreneur Les Wexner, President Barack Obama, Ohio State University Football Coach Urban Meyer (to name a few), and learn from their journeys.
What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
My biggest professional accomplishment to date is just learning to be more flexible and adaptable in order to get though difficult times. Through listening to our customers and adjusting to their needs, we’ve gone through a lot. For example, the 2008 recession and now the Trump tariff have been and are challenging situations beyond our control, so all we can do is learn and adapt. Fortunately, we are now celebrating 20 years in business and much of our longevity is due to being nimble and adjusting to market conditions.
What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
Just keep moving forward – trust in your people. Have S.M.A.R.T short-term and long-term goals. Also, a higher power of luck where preparation, hard work, and faith meets opportunity. Right now this Tariff with China is exactly that situation, we have to rely on our partners and have open dialogue with our clients and keep pushing forward. I would advise other entrepreneurs to not be scared of these types of situations, but to be smart, seek advice, and hope for the best when these things arise.
What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
Our company uses various marketing channels to nurture our continued growth. The most effective marketing initiatives as we are in a consultative setting, has been networking and building relationships. The “80/20 rule” has been applicable to us while working with existing customers, as much of our growth has come via referrals. We’ve also found value in trade shows and organically expanding our network any way possible, including public relations, speaking and in-person meetings. There’s really not been just one marketing initiative that’s been more effective than others.
What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well over the years?
Know that to run a business takes a lot of time and commitment of effort, money, emotional stamina, family support and market conditions. Success is often a combination of all of these many things and it is always a balancing act.
Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business?
Traction by Gino Wickman is a very practical book of how to run a business based on planning and accountability. Although there is not just one resource for me, it is a matter of continual learning, reading, and going to seminars to learn from other leaders. That is the only way to continue to build your business.
Do you have any new projects coming up? The big project recently has been we have just expanded and purchased our first fully-owned corporate headquarters here in Columbus, Ohio. It’s a good representation of the company, centrally located with more space for our staff to do what they need to do, and more. We will be having a 20th year company anniversary party in our new office sometime in the second or third quarter of this year.
What do you do for fun/relaxation? Golf, travel, try new food, listen and dance to music, and spend time with loved ones.
What is Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
Continue to have employee growth in both the developmental and quantifiable senses.
You want to write a book on …Female Entrepreneurs: No Seed Money as a First Generation Immigrant.
I’d like to write a book on what a first generation immigrant woman can do to start a business with no startup capital and no contacts. My story shows others how to start a business in China and continue another business in the United States. Then maybe it speaks upon the challenges in between and has a happy ending of celebrating 20 years of success!
What’s the best way for the readers of WE Magazine for Women to connect with you?
Social media is a great way to stay connected and see what going on with us at 889!
- Social Media links:
- Facebook https://www.facebook.com/889GlobalSolutions/
- Twitter https://twitter.com/889_Sourcing
- LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/889-global-solutions/
- YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXxJ_rBKj-rH-aHiaE0r2sQ