Over the next few weeks we will be profiling entrepreneurs in our program. The stories you read are real entrepreneurs in the Upstate SC community.
LaToya | Reaching Our Youth - Upstate, Inc.
What is your business?
Reaching Our Youth - Upstate, Inc. - an after school program created to assist and empower the underprivileged and at-risk youth in our community academically.
Why did you start your business?
We wanted to establish a plan for each child which will help create a solid foundation for growth in education, financial literacy, health/wellness and youth mentoring.
What is your greatest challenge in business?
Establishing a credible presence in the community and developing lasting relationships with both parents and children, in order to implement our plan for academic success.
How did the Business Entrepreneur Academy help you start/grow your business?
The B.E.A. helped me to gain a better understanding of the specifics of business and how to use my strengths to grow the business and be able to delegate to others, where I am weak.
What advice would you give to other people who want to start a business?
Do your research on your target demographics, be genuine and know your worth, in your service, so that you relay the same energy to your potential customer
What do you wish you knew before starting a business?
I wish I knew some of the "best practices" that most non-profit organizations use and who to contact when there were issues that came about.