In all my experience, growth and development, I learned some things are universal:
- Start with the basics
- Have a plan of action
- Plan your work and work your plan
- Honesty is the best policy
- Treat people the way you want to be treated – with dignity and respect
- Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t
- If you make an attempt (take a risk), you have a
chance to succeed. If you don’t make an
attempt (take a risk), you have a 100%
chance of failing.
Starting the business is just that. It’s a start.
The first of these universal truths to business, I learned in my move to the city of Memphis. Back in 2005, it was my 7th move in 12 years. I had recently resigned from a great career in the wireless industry to start my own business as an Executive Coach.
Upon my arrival, one of the first decisions I made was to join the Black Business Association along with a few other organizations. As time progressed, my wife and I started a second business. We wanted to create jobs, so we opened a cellular store. Once again, we became BBA members with this business. With two businesses and two BBA memberships, we realized we needed to work with the BBA in order for the membership to work for us.
We attended the BBA meetings, attended networking opportunities and visited the BBA office for assistance.
If this process sounds like work, great! Because it is. Starting the business is just that. It’s a start. That’s why the BBA is so critical to helping businesses get started as well as helping businesses to sustain.
My grandmother was a business owner before I was born. She was a hair stylist and owned her salon until she passed away.
I can remember occasionally helping her clean her salon, some of her supplies to be prepared for the next business day, and recalling some of the daily activities associated with being a business owner.
We have some incredible memories to go along with some horror stories that are all a part of business ownership.
When I became a teenager, my mother met an awesome man that I grew to love as my dad. My mom and dad became business owners in the 1970’s with another couple. The business was an air charter business. We had a ground school for flying, shipped freight and had private aircraft clients.
My parents worked tirelessly, and I worked during the summers. We have some incredible memories to go along with some horror stories that are all a part of business ownership.
The knowledge I gained from these times in my life along with my jobs as a teenager and my professional career as an adult is available to share with you at the BBA!!!
Once again, I’m looking forward to working with you to serve our businesses and our community with respect, integrity, and excellence.
With Pride, Honor, and Respect,
President & CEO
Black Business Association of Memphis