My Journey as an Entrepreneur
Updated: Dec 15, 2020
It's been a big month. December 3 was the first anniversary of my company, Connect Business Consulting. Today, I am celebrating another milestone because it's my Birthday, and at midnight on December 31, I will gladly bring in the new year of 2021, along with the rest of the world!
Reflecting on these milestones caused me to examine my journey of starting my own business. Before I could reach my goals, I had to overcome internal fears and self-doubt. This year, I met several other entrepreneurs who are facing the same challenges I did during my journey, and I hope my story can help encourage them.
When I launched my business in December 2019, I took a huge risk by leaving a full-time job at a Fortune 500 company right before the Holidays! To be successful, I knew I needed to develop myself internally to get past my fears and insecurities. In my gut, I dealt with Imposter Syndrome, the result of often being the only woman or minority in the room for most of my career.
I've been on a long path toward building my "confidence muscle" through conscious efforts. Over the last year, I developed external business opportunities to be the bridge and project manager between corporations and community groups. I pursued my passion for connecting and aligning corporations and community groups to help create lasting change in the community, focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
As a child, like many people, I had math anxiety and felt that I was just "not wired" to do math! However, I started attending summer computer camps as a kid and slowly developed a higher confidence level with math and technology.
Today, I hope that ALL children have the opportunity to learn and have access to technology. That hope is reflected in my work with STEAM education. I am a founding partner of the STEAM & Dream program with American Family Insurance, Sherman Phoenix, and the Milky Way Tech Hub. When we started in April of 2020, we found 90% of the 500 Milwaukee-area children surveyed didn't have access to laptops at home. We also found 3% didn't have access to the internet.
To fill this gap, we have helped put more than 350 laptops into Milwaukee children's hands. Next year will be an exciting year of expansion, and we will provide additional kids access to our STEAM & Dream program nationally, including in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.
Putting Pieces Together
As Founder of Connect Business Consulting, and with the support of many friends and associates, I can now see that I can follow my passions, improve the community, and get results. It is an affirming experience!
Growing my comfort level as an entrepreneur was crucial for starting my business. Maintaining personal ethics, building genuine relationships, and not taking people for granted is also just as critical!
Overall, I have a lot to reflect on this month:
My first business anniversary, with plans to expand in 2021.
My birthday, with a milestone next year. And no, I'm not saying which one!
2020 ending (and what a year it was) with the blank slate of a new year beginning January 1.
I now look back at the chasm I crossed to self-confidence. That personal development is my foundation. It allows me to move forward in my business as I speak to groups, pursue new funding to scale up operations, pitch new ideas fearlessly, and deliver value to my clients with poise and gratitude!
My dreams are now actions.
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