Happy Flourish Friday!
This week’s How I Flourish in Des Moines profile highlights videographer Sharon Stover and the two businesses she owns and operates out of Des Moines.
If you’re new to How I Flourish in Des Moines, this blog series shares the stories of local women in business. Get ready to learn more about these passionate women, how they started businesses in the Des Moines area, and advice they have to share.
Introducing Sharon Stover of Stover Films and So Bright Productions
I’m so excited for you to meet Sharon and read more about her story!
I first connected with Sharon when she and her husband were videographers at my wedding. It was so fun to have them involved in my special day, and it’s been a joy ever since to watch Stover Films grow and see Sharon grow her businesses while navigating life as a mom and small business owner.
Learn more about Sharon below!
1. What is your business, and what do you do?
Stover Films is a storytelling video production company, and So Bright Productions is an event production company providing staging, video wall displays, audio, lighting and all AV needs for events of all size.
2. How long have you been in business?
Stover Films has been in business since January 2011, so just shy of 8 years, and So Bright Productions has been in business for almost 10 years.
3. What sparked your interest in becoming a small business owner?
Honestly, I have never seen myself working a 9-5 job. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but I knew that I wanted something more than sitting in an office all day. When I met my husband (boyfriend then) and saw his passion for building a thriving business, I knew that being a small business owner was something I wanted to do.
I have always had a adventurous and creative spirit, and owning a video production company fit perfectly with it. I love that one day we may be filming at a large company’s corporate headquarters and the next day we will be out at a farm filming farmers doing what they love.
One thing that I love about owning a small business is how you have the opportunity to grow and expand. Through years of hard work, we have expanded into event production, offering staging, lighting, audio, video wall displays, event video coverage, any type of AV/production need for any type of event.
4. What gap does your business fill?
Simply put, we provide our clients with quality. We combine years of knowledge, our passion and creativity and the best equipment available to produce a consistently quality product for each of our clients. This applies to both Stover Films and So Bright Productions.
One reason we started investing in and offering staging and event production was because we got tired of the mediocrity that was being offered for events. We watched companies overcharge and under deliver, and we knew there had to be a better option for events and companies out there. “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem,” we took that quote to heart and decided to be part of the solution to the mediocracy that surrounds this industry.
5. What do you enjoy most about operating a business in the Des Moines metro?
I love the unique opportunities we have living in such a thriving community. Des Moines has this wonderful balance of urban and agriculture. I love being outdoors, and a lot of our summer/fall work involves ag/farm work (because we live in Iowa), but there are so many opportunities to work with and show off amazing small businesses and events that happen in our community.
6. What is the best business-related advice you’ve received?
Be so good that you can’t be ignored. That is what we have been striving to do in every aspect of our business, provide outstanding quality consistently.
7. What tip do you have for other women in business?
Be so good that you can’t be ignored. I know it’s a little redundant from my last answer, but it is so important , especially being a female in a male-dominated industry.