Melissa Tyler Tummy Toys body jewelry

Body jewelry and small business incubation with entrepreneur Melissa Tyler

Melissa Tyler, body jewelry designer and small business incubator

Melissa Tyler is the creator of Tummy Toys, a designer body jewelry company, and Maverick Marketplace, an incubator for small business startups in Boston.

In this interview, we’ll learn how she went from creative child entrepreneur to body jewelry designer and small business incubation leader. 

3 Lessons from the Interview

  1. What Melissa did after her first prototypes were rejected

  2. How $3,000 and 1 pivotal decision launched Melissa’s jewelry business

  3. How a healthy financial portfolio and learning to use a floor polisher helped Melissa create 17 new businesses and 22 new jobs

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Quote of the Day

“An entrepreneur is described as someone who’s willing to work 16 hours a day for themselves rather than working 8 hours a day for someone else.”

 

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Getting to Know Melissa Tyler

What is a helpful habit?

Time management: organizing my day so that I do certain tasks at certain times and don’t get distracted

What is a helpful resource for you?

Doing visual image searches instead of word searches

Who is a helpful person that helped you on your journey?

My husband; also, other businesspeople and entrepreneurs in Boston, who have so readily offered assistance when asked

What is your purpose on this planet?

To share, to help, to make my community a better place to live and enable others to do the same

 

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Celia Ho

Board of Advisors at Duplessy Foundation
Celia is a business development consultant with a background in sales, marketing, and event production. She serves on the Duplessy Foundation's Board of Advisors and geeks out about leadership, technology, and startups.