Carol Muszynski, IIDA
Eighth Day Design (EDD)
“Get involved. Attend everything you can locally. Attend at least one of the national events annually. Volunteer to assist. Make friends. Be patient.“
About Eighth Day Design
Eighth Day Design is a national provider of Workplace Design and Facility Management Solutions for organizations looking to modernize or control their real estate costs. For nearly 30 years we have been servicing corporations and government agencies of all sizes. Our team of creative visionaries, professional architects/designers, move and space managers, and Integrated Workplace Management Software (IWMS) specialists have a proven track record of collaborating to create and/or manage the successful built environmen
Headquartered: Falls Church, Virginia
Company Website: www.eighthday.com
When and how was your business started?
Carol founded EDD in 1989 along with one partner. Within the first ten years they felt that the best way to grow the business and keep a healthy work-life balance was to bring other senior people that they valued and trusted into an ownership program. Since then EDD has grown to five owners who are all actively involved with the company and the clients.
How has being a WBENC-Certified WBE helped your business?
WBENC Certification has given us an opportunity to meet procurement people that we otherwise may not have had easy access to. It has served as a both a place to be mentored and to mentor others.
I’ve also built friendships with others with the same business/work-life challenges where we can exchange strategies.
What is your business philosophy and how has it impacted your success as a business?
Eighth Day Design’s philosophy was to always build long term relationships and team with our clients, not just be a service provider. Since our beginning 30 years ago, EDD has been on the forefront in using new technology in the production of our design and architecture services. Today, as a result of the Internet of Things and our drive to better serve our clients, we have expanded to also offer Integrated Workplace Management Software products and services that organizations use to manage their facilities and control their real estate costs.
What is your proudest moment thus far in business?
In June 2018, we graduated in the second class of the WPEO-DC SAGE ADVICE program, of which I have been involved in strategy and leadership of the program since its conception. My mother attended with me. I was proud to share with her my accomplishments, my mentees, the program and the WPEO network and her impact on what has motivated me to do what I do.
What advice do you have for new entrepreneurs?
Be able to roll up your sleeves and do most of the jobs in your business. Don’t constantly rely on employees and consultants. If this is impossible consider having a business partner who have those abilities. Always be prepared for how to survive in leaner times.
What advice would you share with a newly certified WBE looking to make the most out of her certification?
Get involved. Attend everything you can locally. Attend at least one of the national events annually. Volunteer to assist. Make friends. Be patient. It may take years for it to become fruitful, but in the meantime, you will have many opportunities to work on improving your pitch and business strategies. Other WBEs are often your first contracts; don’t neglect those introductions.
What tips do you have for WBEs to get the most out of their time at the National Conference & Business Fair?
Plan ahead and clear your schedule the best you can. Be involved. Don’t hide in your room working.
What should a every first-time attendee know about the conference before they arrive?
It is huge and can be overwhelming. If you don’t know many people you may feel like everyone else knows each other. Don’t be afraid to walk up to a group and politely join the conversation, often they also just met. With women in social settings, it’s hard to tell! You will likely be welcomed into the conversation instantly.