In order to highlight the amazing local businesses in Florida’s 47th District, the Anna For Florida campaign has launched “47 Means Business,” an ongoing blog series to spotlight local business owners in Lake Eola, Downtown Orlando, Winter Park, and throughout the district.
Our blog digs deeper into local businesses by collaborating with business owners to showcase their success and to identify what the legislature can do to support them. Together, these profiles come together to create a larger picture of the amazing diversity and ingenuity of local business owners that Anna hopes to serve and represent in the Florida House.
Team Anna: What inspired you to start your small business?
Kristen Pavlic: Inspiration is a fickle beast. I often find myself lacking inspiration when actively searching for it. On the flip side, I can be watering my flower pots and get the craziest inspiration for a cake I could bake or a way to remodel my living room. In regard to starting my business, I would say it was many things that led to it’s birth. I am Florida girl, born and raised. I’ve lived everywhere from Deland to East Orlando to South Florida. I know this town. I love this town. I want to share that knowledge and passion with people. People need homes and they need to sell their homes. Why not be their guide?
TA: What is the most exciting part about owning and operating a small businesses?
KP: I have made more relationships in my time as a realtor than throughout my life. And I KEEP them! Many personality tests have averaged me to be about ten thousand percent extroverted. I need people. Naturally, real estate is a customer service based profession. When I can help people move forward with or start their lives I feel a sense of overwhelming emotion. It’s exhausting and so rewarding.
TA: Describe a perfect day at work.
KP: Okay, so a PERFECT day would be a client calling me to tell me they wanted to list their ten million dollar property with me and, shortly after that, a client calling to say they wanted to buy that ten million dollar property from me in cash. I seal the deal, get some coffee, and am home by 5pm. WIN. However, another version of perfect is just me getting to meet new people and be needed as a resource from my friend/family sphere. That would also be a win!
TA: Are there any current policy issues impacting your business? If so, how?
KP: I am certain I will have many more responses to this question as I continue to expand and grow my business. As of now, I would say real estate is a great business and a perfect avenue for me.
TA: What could the legislature do better to help you thrive?
KP: Education on how legislature could potentially impact my ability to run my business would be phenomenal. I am always interested in expanding my knowledge and would greatly appreciate the chance to learn from professionals within legislature.