It’s been 18 years since I hung the shingle out and opened the doors of Ministry Marketing Solutions. It’s been an exciting journey – a pure faith walk and God has blessed. This month at the Miz CEO Entrepreneurial Conference, I’ll be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award : Brand Strategist of the Year. You know what though? Women comprise nearly half of the labor force, but they are underrepresented as business owners. As of 2016, women own 38 percent of all businesses in the country. That’s why we have to support each other; that’s why I make an effort to mentor many.
Though I won the award, there’s room for growth. There is no way I have reached the pinnacle of my career. Actually, Tamekia Ashford, the writer of this month’s Speaker Magazine cover story, tells of my history and what’s in store for the future. Take a read here:
Women still struggle to obtain credit and small-business funding, although women entrepreneurs tend to pay off debt faster than men. Building a strong financial foundation as a new entrepreneur is essential to long-term business health, especially for this newest generation of business owners.
And women still feel pressure to “do it all,” meaning it can be harder for them to ask for help and learn to delegate. That’s why mentoring is so important: to encourage women to feel comfortable to ask for help.
Ladies, are you wondering where you fit into the small-business landscape? SIGN UP FOR “Collect with Confidence” virtual conference to get guidance and encouragement from women who have forged their small-business path.