And now?

Last week, I was told that the graduate program for which I applied is no longer available. Admissions asked if I wanted to apply for a different program, but every other business program takes two years and is meant for corporate aspirers. Getting an MBA is definitely something to feel accomplished about, but a lot of the classes would be irrelevant to my goals. So I asked another woman at Colorado State University for some advice, and from what she said in response, I might still be able to get the Master of Management Practice if I get accepted for Spring semester. The downside is that the business school likes to take its time in responding.

My biggest tension right now is in the fact that I don’t know whether I need to sign up for the GMAT, and whether I should keep studying for it. I did a good amount of studying before I found out the program may no longer exist. Now, though, I’m operating under the depressing assumption that I can’t actually get into next semester’s graduate school.

If I can’t get the MMP, I’m just defaulting to community college classes. Based on the curriculum, I should be able to get an AAS in business in about a year, maximum a year and a half. It would be much less expensive than an MMP, but if I’m going to open a business, I’d prefer the best education I can get.

I’ve been brainstorming businesses lately, thinking of how I’d like to arrange a shop, what I’d like to sell. There are so many things about retail I love, but I need to narrow my vision. I started out thinking about a cafe, bar, and bookstore. I still like this idea, but I’m not entirely sure I want to work in food.

Inspired by this, however, I would like to have coffee-, tea-, beer-, and wine-themed gifts at the front of the shop, with a central display of coffee samples to draw people in. My current job at Alpine Arts: The Colorado Showcase, as well as past jobs at Colorado gift shops, have inspired me to support local artists, as well. In that spirit, I would very much like to open a Colorado Boutique. I would most likely carry some of the same artists as Alpine Arts, but I might also pursue some vendors she never did. I’ll also try to work with other contacts I’ve made since I started working in Old Town, Fort Collins.

Similar to Alpine Arts, everything for sale in my shop would be made in Colorado, but I would target a slightly wealthier audience than souvenir shops do. I would probably have a smaller shop with less selection, but everything would be incredible quality and absolutely beautiful. Ranging from hats and jewelry to wall art and pottery, I would want people to feel as though they are investing good money in my product.

In order to find vendors, I’ve been browsing Etsy and looking at catalogues from work. It’s a good use of my time, I think.

I suppose, for now, I just have to wait and see how things unravel.