Barbara Lodolo – Member Spotlight

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Barbara and Nancy - Celebrate with a SignBarbara Lodolo is CoFounder with Nancy Ryan of Celebrate with a Sign.

Tell us about your business. We transform yards and offices into giant greeting cards with our unique rental displays.

Our signs create special and lasting memories for our customers and our large Marquee message board communicates a message of your choice. It is a great gift idea for any occasion. Also, a great idea if you are having a party; New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl, 4th of July, St. Patrick’s Day, or any occasion.

Celebrate with a SignWe take a picture of every yard or office and send the recipient a card with a picture of their yard or office as a remembrance of the occasion. You choose the signs and the message and we do all the work.

As easy as ordering flowers, and so much more impressive.

What do you enjoy about your business?
Our business creates happy memories for the recipient and the sender as well. The recipient feels special and that makes us happy. We receive so many positive comments from our customers, and have many repeat customers, so we know we are creating happy memories.

Celebrate with a Sign


What led you to your line of work?

Nancy, my business partner, was visiting in Northern California and one of her relatives had just received her last chemotherapy treatment for Breast Cancer. Some of her friends placed a sandwich board with a message on it and some happy faces on her yard. Nancy came back and said, “I think I have an idea for a business”.

After a lot of research on this type of business, what signs we would use and of course many mistakes, almost one year later we placed our first sign. Neither of us had started or owned a business before so it has been a learning experience for both of us. I was retired from Corporate America and Nancy had raised her children and was managing apartments. We met at church and worked together on a committee, so we knew we worked well together. We placed our first sign in May of 2010. So it has been just 3 years.

Visit our website at www.ocyardcards.com to see an example of the signs we have available.

Do you have other hobbies or passionate about other things?
I love golf when I can find the time to play. I am on the Advisory Board of The Tustin Community Foundation and active in their fundraisers. I have been a member of Soroptimist International of Orange for 25 years, and am a member of Red Hill Lutheran Church.

I am probably the most passionate about my grandchildren. Love to be with them and have them come and stay with me.

Are there resources you need to help grow your business or reach your goals?
A larger budget for advertising and increasing our inventory. We can celebrate any occasion, but do not have everything. We need to reach more people. So many in Orange County do not know that we exist and have no knowledge that this type of business is available for them.

Ways to Connect with Barbara:

Phone: (714) 975-3673

Email: info@ocyardcards.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/celebratewithasign

Website: www.OCYardCards.com

 

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