This month, we’re celebrating the successes of savvy expatriates and Singaporeans, as well as the setbacks they overcame, to make life better in Singapore in our Expatpreneur Awards 2017.
Brazilian Andrea Groth, who left behind a marketing career of 10 years to follow her now-husband to Singapore in 2003, #nailedit on her “first adventure” in business.
In 2006, she and several partners opened The Children’s Showcase, an emporium of high-end kids brands. There are now two eye-catching outlets around the city – one in Tanglin Mall, the other at PasarBella @ The Grandstand.
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Andrea is quite an inspiration for trailing partners interested in starting their own businesses.
“When I decided to move in Singapore, I knew I would not like to go back in a corporate job. Therefore, I was looking for a new job where I would be able to use my experience from my previous career,” she recalls of leaving her marketing job of 10 years.
“After a five-year break in my career, I felt it was the right time for me to go on with a new challenge.”
“You need to be courageous to start, then follow your instincts to make it happen,” says Andrea, who adds she’s also learned to surround herself with “few but trustful people.”
Her success didn’t come easy – and it still doesn’t. “Having a business, two small children and a travelling husband does not leave me with much time for myself,” Andrea confesses. “But this is one of my 2017 resolutions.”
By Sara Lyle Bow, The Finder (Issue 280), March 2017
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