Entrepreneurs Spotlight

Successful entrepreneurs believe in building relationships, believe value is the key to success, believe in the power of focus and find mentors who walk alongside. 

Entrepreneurship is a state of mind. Entrepreneurship is a state of controlling your own destiny. Maybe this is the time to start an online business; maybe the circumstances created a new demand and you have the ability to supply. Whatever that looks like, grab the controls.

Change. Adapt. Create.

As we’re all stuck in our homes all over the world - this is the time to become an entrepreneur or to create a new revenue stream. The entire World is on the Internet, so you can start by creating online content and reaching your networks. However, seek for assistance, find mentors that will walk with you step-by-step, invest in your education and learn the best practices. This is what Launch Your Business Now at Middlesex Community College is doing. https://launchatmcc.com/

In this video, Kim Ket an ex-alumni from LYBN, tells us more about her experience with the program. We appreciate her depth and personal stories as she navigates in this new age of being an entrepreneur. Kim mentions the importance of a healthy relationship with money, the ongoing process of learning business language, the ability to believe in herself and her business idea, and the vitality of having mentors and professor helping her along the way.

We are living in a time when the idea of independence, in the form of equality, is being questioned. Our ability to question our independence is a form of independence itself and should be celebrated. Another form of independence, that we must hold and celebrate is entrepreneurship. The ability to strike out on your own, using your own creativity, knowledge and grit is the form of independence that I believe is critical to creating a freer and independent nation for all. This is why I was honored to speak to Alaina, from Purple Carrot Bread Company this week. In this interview, you will learn about the struggles of independence, you will also learn about the natural skill, learned skill, hard conversations and open-heartedness that were required for Alaina and Doug to success on their journey. 

Despite the fact that Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United State, the first time I learned about Juneteenth was June 18th 2020. The realization that I lacked knowledge about something, that to other people seems obvious, helped me understand and accept that education and knowledge is sometimes hidden in plain site.

 

Debra Fowler, co-founder of HistoryUnErased also found this to be true as she set out to educate people on the enormous value and contribution that LGBTQ+ individuals have made on society throughout history. What she found, as she and her co-founder began to build curriculum and tell the story of HistoryUnErased, was that very few people, even members of the LGBTQ+ community were knowledgeable about the critical contributions this group have and continue to make across all sectors, industries and fields. In this great interview, she recounts a lovely story of joy and freedom that was created in a young man as he learned positive stories about people with whom he identified.

https://unerased.org/ 

Often times, we look at big, bold, risk-taking entrepreneurs and showcase them as the leaders to emulate. It is equally likely, however, that some of our best lessons for business (as well as life) will come from reluctant entrepreneurs, who step quietly into the role after careful consideration, perpetual reevaluation and perhaps even a little push from a mentor. Jessica Salani , of @bodyfuelcafema https://www.facebook.com/bodyfuelcafe... is the type of entrepreneur who will succeed in any business climate, with any product or service because she practices until she is perfect, she seeks before she finds and honors her faith every step of the way.

 

BodyFuel Café makes delicious energy bites that taste great, are great for you and come packaged with the care and love of a high quality bakery product. As a competitive natural body beauty, her products conjure up less gym rat and more Manhattan bakery. They can be ordered online, but buyer beware, they may be too delicious to just have one.

 

Please enjoy my conversation with Jessica; where she shares her journey as an entrepreneur, her areas of fear and opportunity and the education and guidance that helped bring out the reluctant, but exceptional entrepreneur that she has turned out to be. 

I’ve learned a lot watching Meghan and how she operates her business, EYEFUL Beauty , over the years. She is determined, goes after what she wants, creates her vision with excellence and is a direct, thoughtful and compassionate leader. I learned even more about her and her character in this interview. In some ways Meg reminds me of me, and in other ways she is so much better.

 

It was good to have a more nuanced understanding of how to run a successful salon and barbershop and I was inspired to learn of all the innovative and intentional ways that Megan is adapting and thriving, during COVID-19, in order to operate safely, sustainable while planning to thrive in this new economy.

 

She gave some great tips for other salon owners to follow and I have faith that she is going to continue to achieve great things in her business and her community.

And, I am convinced, she will be an excellent mother - a most excellent mother.

Unsung Heroes:

We all have different heroes. My best friend is a nurse who works on the Covid unit in a nursing home - she is obviously a hero. To me, the unsung heroes of Covid-19 include local small business owners who get up every day determined to find solutions to keep their staff employed, the vendors paid and the doors open.

Richard Healy is one of these unsung heroes. Not only is he focused daily on his own business, he also is investing a significant amount of his time to support his local business community. He, like so many other entrepreneurs is living in a perpetual state of uncertainty and yet he remains positive, determined and focused on a bright future for his business, The Keep and for Lowell, his community.

He is one among many of my local heroes and it was an honor to speak to him about what he is learned on this journey, how he is innovating in his business as well as efforts he is making to rise all boats that float around him.

Well, if you've met Andy Jacobsen from Brew'd Awakening Coffeehaus, then you're a very lucky person indeed!

Andy is easy-going and lighthearted. And, like a large and growing number of people in our community, he has fully invested and leaned-into making Lowell Ma and specifically Beautiful Downtown Lowell a vibrant, artistic and connected place to live, work and play.

Brew’d Awakening is a shining example of how a small, independent coffee house can bring people together, enhance creative expression and support local artists, musicians, writers and poets - all through the pleasure of a cup coffee and a good conversation.

Speaking of good conversation, I had the pleasure to chat with Andy this weekend, about his business, family and love of the woods.

Thank you Andy, for your time, your friendship and the legacy you are leaving our community.

It was such a pleasure to speak with Amelia Luis Nieves , from Paradox Personal Training in Lowell, Massachusetts. Amelia is an inspiration to us because in less than a year she was able to build a personal training and group training program, where she rented space from another facility, into a thriving independent gym.


With very few resources she was able to build a small business that provided financial wellness for herself and her family. She is married to a small business owner as well, so at this particular time, during the COVID-19 challenge, her entire family is relying upon the goodwill of the federal and local governments as well as the goodwill of the members that are still willing and able to pay for her classes even though they can't actually come to class.

Amelia exhibits the kind of resilience, fortitude and grace that made me fall in love with entrepreneurship in the first place.

Thanks for the inspiration Amelia.

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