Episode 29:

Abigail Olaya knows what it’s like to start a business from the ground up since she started Venue at the Grove in 2009 with a $15,000 loan and has grown it into an award-winning, multi-million dollar business.

She was recognized as one of the Top 40 Under 40 leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal. Aside from managing the business, Abigail is mother to triplet 6-year-old girls who keep her quite active. She is most passionate about helping people achieve more than they imagined possible.

What the podcast will teach you:

  • How Abigail’s venue and catering businesses primarily focus on weddings and other social events, and how the organization started with Venue At The Grove before expanding
  • What challenges Abigail’s business experienced after reaching the $1 million in revenue mark, and how the team overcame those challenges
  • How Abigail realized the importance of culture after a key team member who wasn’t aligned to the culture left the business
  • What changes Abigail and her team have made to support their focus on their Core Values, Mission, and Vision on a daily basis
  • How the company learned to always be searching for and developing relationships with a pool of talented candidates before they were needed
  • What steps Abigail’s team takes to surface problems and coordinate on-brand solutions to those problems
  • How Abigail manages the complexity of hiring seasonal, part-time employees and keeping everyone aligned to the company’s vision and values
  • Why creating repeatable systems and documentation was critical for the growth of Abigail’s event business
  • Why the particular tools you choose to use aren’t as important as putting something in place, and why the tools can always be adjusted later


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