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Rising Stars: Meet Shannon Aris

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Aris.

Hi Shannon, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
TOAST IT UP! was birth by a vision that slowly & patiently has come to life. It started out as a need to earn extra income as a single parent. I went to bartending school in 2009 and received my certification and soon after started working in a nightclub where I surprisingly continued working there for two years. After that ended, I found myself working long hours for different staffing agencies to continue using my bartending skills and continue to earn that additional income.

During these times, I always had business cards designed with the name TOAST IT UP! that I created back in school. I then started branding myself with the thought of always becoming an entrepreneur. So I began doing these types of events for myself.

With the support of close family and friends, I starting getting referrals and started hosting small gatherings, birthday parties, weddings receptions and more!

Today, TOAST IT UP! is steady growing! I am blessed to have an awesome team that supports me as we travel throughout the triangle and other surrounding areas. As we continue to grow, we are now a full mobile Event bartending & Mixology Service that will travel to SC & VA. In the near future, we will be expanding to Atlanta & DMV and only who knows where else! So keep following TOAST IT UP! there’s a lot more in store!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Of course, it has not been easy, and there has been a few struggles along the way. And I’m pretty sure there will be more as long as we keep striving to be the best we can be. I think for the most part, a small business owner would say that finances would be one of the biggest struggles along the way and also having a good team of people around you that you can sincerely trust.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am currently a full-time employee for Divi Resorts. Divi Resorts is a Timeshare & Hotel Marketing Company. I have been employed with Divi for 14 years in the Wholesale Department as a Wholesale Coordinator.

Divi has seven properties located in the Caribbean Islands. I really enjoy working with Divi because it is a small family-oriented company that has a lot to offer. Working for Divi also allows us the opportunity to travel to any of our seven properties as a company perk once every year. It is also great to work with a group of wonderful colleagues for all of these years.

I am most proud of my personality and how I love inspiring others to be happy and enjoy life! I have learned to wake up and thank God everyday and be positive and find the good in something everyday.

I believe what sets me aside from others is to go above and beyond to give great customer service and to help put a smile on someone’s face everyday!

We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you?
I don’t usually like using the word luck. I like to say blessed and highly favored.

I am so blessed to have some excellent friends and family in my life that supports me in my personal life and my business life.

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  • Instagram: toastitupr_team
  • Facebook: Toast it up LLC
  • Twitter: @TOASTITUPR_Team

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