Three Takeaways: MyLocker

Courtney Overbey

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Detroit-based entrepreneur Robert Hake of MyLocker shares his “bottom line” advice for budding entrepreneurs looking to expand and grow their businesses in Michigan.

Located in Detroit, MyLocker was founded in 2006 by Robert Hake. What started as a small screen-printing business out of his garage has transformed into a state-of-the-art production facility with more than 20 years in the custom apparel business. In additional to apparel, MyLocker’s catalog extends to cell phone cases, tablet and laptop covers, blankets, coffee mugs and more.

As MyLocker continued to experience success throughout its 20-year history, the company eventually outgrew its first three facilities in Roseville and Warren. Using funding and support provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), MyLocker had the opportunity to expand and take up shop in its current location in Detroit.

In this edition of 3 Takeaways, Robert shares his advice for entrepreneurs looking to launch and grow their businesses.

  1. Embrace your failures. Don’t let failure prevent your success; failure is what creates success. Success is created when you learn from failing and adjust what you are doing in response.
  2. Never quit. Being an entrepreneur can be frustrating and discouraging at times. You need to be able to put those feelings aside and stay positive. It’s one of the hardest things to do, but it’s what keeps the drive going and what creates the reward in the long term.
  3. Follow the golden rule. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. Doing so helps to create a culture of positivity for your business.

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