I’ve had the honor of being featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Minnesota Business Magazine.
Club E was joined by Sandy Hansen-Wolff for a discussion on the art of pivoting in a sink-or-swim situation.
Many entrepreneurs are faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Sandy offers input, platforms for managing emotions and pivoting when quitting seems like the best option. She has survived business pivots at the time of her first husband’s death, during severe industry downturns as well as during the recent pivots due to Covid.
“One of the pivotal moments in my life was when I took a struggling feed and seed business from the brink of bankruptcy to thriving. I now take what I learned from that experience and apply it in my work with entrepreneurs, business leaders, women’s groups, private conferences and the like. I have helped thousands of people ignite their passion and rediscover what it truly means to to be a leader, an empowered human and a flourishing individual.”
“A few days after her husband’s funeral, Randy’s widow, Sandy Hansen-Wolff, 45, discovered that the Minnesota-based agriculture company was insolvent. AgVenture provided animal feed and crop seeds for farms. Hansen-Wolff sold insurance. She was in debt and out of her depth, having inherited a failing business in a male-dominated industry in which she had no experience.”
“As a leader, how do you lead with and follow your intuition – especially amidst “logical” counter-arguments? Emphasis on quieting your limiting self-talk and learning to trust yourself.” ~ Sue Hawkes
“Speaking with Sandy Hansen-Wolff, owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed, is inspirational. She puts her heart into everything she does, whether serving AgVenture customers, providing agribusiness support, animal management and farm supplies, or speaking to an audience about her story. You see, Sandy is no stranger to heartbreak and loss.”
“On an individual level, Sandy mentors many business owners who come to her for advice and confidential problem-solving and brainstorming. She feels that many have helped her get to where she is today and that it is her turn to give her time, talents and financial support in every way that she can.”
‘“Some huge miracles have happened because I had to take over the business,” says Hansen. “That I had the tenacity to get through this is a miracle in itself.”
“Sandy Hansen-Wolff, owner of AgVenture Feed and Seed Inc. in Watkins, was selected as a finalist for the Good Leader Award in Community Impact, given annually to a Minnesota business leader who is making a positive impact through service, character and leadership by fostering an environment of corporate giving.”
“Sandy supports many causes in her community, some of which are related to agriculture… She does this in honor of her customers.”
“Hansen gives both personally and through AgVenture to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which helps families who have come across tragedy, much as she did. She also uses her personal story to get the message of giving out to others. ‘In the last 10 years, I’ve done a lot of speeches on this,’ she says. ‘When we are given enough, I think it is our responsibility to help those less fortunate.'”
“Hansen sounds like a CEO transformed. The mojo has changed from let’s get through this, to let’s rock and roll with this great thing we’ve created.”
“Sandy Hansen, owner of AgVenture Feed & Seed Inc. in Watkins, Minn., understands those dangers all too well. She was thrust into entrepreneurship in 2003 when her husband, the feed-supply company’s original owner, died of leukemia.”
“Enterprising Women Magazine announces its Class of 2010: The Top Women Business Owners in North America. Sandy Hansen of AgVenture Feed & Seed Inc. received national recognition as one of the Enterprising Woman of the Year for 2010.”
“For the motivational speaking, I don’t see it as a separate company, it really is done in conjunction with the feed business, because many of the topics come from what I’ve learned as a leader and business owner. I think both are growing in very positive directions.”
“Sandy Hansen knows what it feels like to be at rock bottom; she’s been there. But with a little determination, lessons learned the hard way and a good team of supporters, Sandy and her business have made it back on solid ground.”
“Sandy learned her business was in danger of bankruptcy if something didn’t happen quickly. If she wanted to keep her house, and the business, she needed to take the helm and steer quickly away from the deep waters of debt.”
“The upcoming year end is a time when many of us reflect on accomplishments of the past year. It is also a time when we look forward to a new year and vow to make resolutions to improve our lives.”
“She uses her mornings to think about the day ahead, reflect on life, and thank God for all she has, despite all she has lost.”
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