“Bringing something totally new and interesting to a community was more exciting to me,” she said.
“We dress women head to toe, very specific to their life, their career, or their events,” she explained. “Today, with the mass merchants that we have…what that has done is taken away an individual relationship with a sales consultant.”
And it’s this relationship that the staff at Jophiel works to cultivate. So it’s no surprise that Eckert Clancy also values relationships in the business community; she’s been an ardent supporter of Greater Fort Wayne Inc., formerly the Chamber of Commerce.
When she first moved her business to the area, Eckert Clancy took advantage of CEO Roundtables, a networking opportunity for local business leaders, sponsored by at that time, the Chamber of Commerce. This was invaluable, she said, because it helped her get to know other business owners, and better understand the Fort Wayne business community as a whole.
CEO Roundtables are forums made up of non-competitive business peers, who gather regularly to share knowledge and discuss best practices for the current business climate. These meetings often serve as a springboard for ideas that improve operations and profitability for area businesses.
“I really think that what GFW Inc. has done, and is trying to do, is to make this community a great place to live and work,” she continued. “Which I see as an asset to being in business in Fort Wayne.”