We had the good fortune of connecting with Cat McKenna and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cat, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I started my own business to be able to treat clients the way I’d like to be treated. I wanted to provided a more intimate relationship. Because of this I have a thriving business and clients who are more like family than customers. Another driving force to starting my own business was to allow for more flexibility. I knew I wanted a family and making my own schedule along with being able to work from home made that much easier (although the hours are longer – often late at night & early morning).

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is graphic and web design. What sets me apart is that I specialize in the animal community (horses, dogs & more). Growing up I was obsessed with horses (as many young girls are) – and I was convinced that horse training was my grand life passion. However, after college, I realized that wasn’t the life I wanted & struggled to find another path… That is, until I started creating for the community I loved so much. It was incredible to find an opportunity to continue to work with horses, but in a very different facet. I have been very fortunate to work with some incredible people along the way that have taught (and continue to teach) me so much. Because of their guidance I have been able to avoid many pitfalls that affect a lot of business owners – such as clients not paying, setting realistic expectations and more. At the end of the day, I am grateful for the life this career and my passion has afforded me. I am grateful for all my incredible clients and friends. I am grateful to be able to live my professional life in service to my community.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Everything outdoors! Being from the Seattle area originally I really appreciate all the spectacular weather in Arizona. From outdoor dining, to boutique patio concerts at a local hotel and stunning hikes throughout the valley – Arizona does not disappoint! It is almost impossible to name just a few places to visit, but I’m a huge fan of hole-in-the-wall restaurants, hidden creeks and drinking wine while listening to great music in unique places such as Kazimierz Wine & Whiskey Bar.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh man… just one shout out? My story would not be what it is without the contribution of hundreds of incredible people – and for this I am truly blessed. Besides my parents, my dear friend Joanna Kale deserves a major shout out for my success. She is a marketing strategist by trade, but above all else, my very close friend. She always makes herself available for a brainstorming session, motivational call, and/or much needed vent session. The support and encouragement I receive from her means the world to me and I am so thankful for her friendship and guidance. I’d also like to give a second shoutout to a newer equestrian program located in Cave Creek called Hoofbeatz USA. It is a fantastic, safe & affordable program for people of all ages to learn about horses & how to ride confidently. They even have a mechanical bucking horse to test your skills – which I have to say from experience is an absolute blast!

Website: www.catmckenna.com
Instagram: mckenna_cat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catmckennadesign

Image Credits
Wendy Peterson, Mike Ferrara, Kelly Campbell, Antonia Bautista, Javan Schaller, & Howard Schatzberg.

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