Meet Teresa Ging of Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique in the Loop:
What kind of business are you in?
TG: Cupcakes! Yay!!
How long have you been in business?
TG: I have been in business for 3 years now.
What was your last job before starting your business?
TG: I was in finance for 6 years before I started Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique. For 2 years, I worked at Bear Stearns doing Investment banking, then I went to a private equity firm in Chicago for 2 years, and then I did equity research for Credit Suisse. My work experience definitely helped me start my business.
Where are you from - where did you grow up?
TG: I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, but have been in Chicago for almost 15 years.
Where did you go to college?
TG: I went to University of Chicago for Economics and Statistics, I know...completely different than what I am doing now, but I use what I learned in college, as well as my finance work experience everyday. It has come in very handy. I also went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and received my Patisserie Certificate.
What is your favorite thing about working for yourself?
TG: Being able to set my own schedule.
What is your least favorite thing about working for yourself?
TG: Getting up early...unfortunately have to wake up at the crack of dawn to bake, but happy to serve happy customers once 8am rolls around.