We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Linne von Berg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Starting my own business was an accident and came from knowing what I love to do, and holding onto a problem solving, do-what-it-takes mentality. My first client was an organization that needed design help but wanted to hire me for a position where creative would not be my primary role. Knowing my passion for the creative, I turned down the offer and suggested that I contract with them for the design work instead since they did not have a budget for a full time designer. This arrangement worked perfectly and I began looking for other businesses in similar situations. As I brought on more clients, I still had no vision for building a company, but, as the workload grew, I began to brainstorm about how I could continue to meet all the clients’ needs. This led me to the conclusion that if I desired to serve my clients well and increase the impact that I could have, then hiring was my only option. Assisting small businesses, startups, restaurants and medical companies, our creative team is able to have an impact on these companies, elevating their brands, improving their marketing, and expanding their businesses. We are making other people’s dreams possible and that mission has become our company’s purpose.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We are matchmakers, story-tellers and problem-solvers. We are in the business of finding the perfect match, learning the ins and outs of companies so well that we know exactly who their ideal customer is. We want to find customers that need the product or service as much as the company needs customers. We tell businesses’ stories, stories that resonate with audiences, build emotional connections, and portray the customers as the focus of the story. As problem-solvers, we are working to communicate information clearly, make processes easier, and bring value to the audience. Throughout the creative process, we are always searching for ways to streamline, improve and grow.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Welcome to Dallas!! You might have to stay longer than a week to hit all the food spots. A few of my favorites include Snooze for brunch, Haystack for burgers, Genghis Grill for a healthy, post workout meal, Cinnaholic for dessert. And don’t forget Chuy’s for a happy hour, margaritas and a nacho bar! Don’t miss this Texan, must-do activity, country dancing! Join in on the free lessons and learn how to get out on the floor. Not only is it a great time, it’s a workout as well! In the summer, get out on the lake. Swim, cool off and relax! You haven’t lived until you’ve tailgated and attended an outdoor country concert. Friends, food, and a genuine good ‘ol time.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout is dedicated to George Michael, Holly Levy, and my Mastermind group. I can not emphasize enough the importance of having people to guide, encourage, and push you both personally and professionally. An industry expert in the advertising world, George Michael has been my go-to for any business struggles from pitching a large client to people challenges, while Holly Levy advises me on life goals, vision and purpose. My mastermind group challenges me to commit to the steps to reach my goals and holds me accountable to those. Thank you all for the encouragement and support.