This year I had the pleasure of attending the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Columbus, Ohio. It was actually my first time attending, as typically I’m in the office, holding down the fort to ensure that those who can’t attend get the updates.
As a young professional and budding entrepreneur myself, I was excited to be among so many business and community leaders from diverse locations and backgrounds. Just being in the midst of them was inspiring alone, from T.D. Jakes to Jesse Jackson to Valerie Daniels Carter to Lauren M. Bias and so many others. It may sound a bit cliche but one doesn’t get this type of opportunity every day, thus, as a boss moves mentality dictates, one take as much of the opportunity to learn and grow as one can.
As I usually do, there were many takeaways from the conference on how to be a better entrepreneur and ultimately a community leader, but here are three for all my young professionals and entrepreneurs to inspire:
1. Despite negative statistics about millennials, youth (and the ability to bounce back from making mistakes) can actually be used to your advantage: Many of the entrepreneurs featured on panels (who have closed multimillion-dollar deals, employ hundreds of professionals, manage successful staffs, have invented tech innovations and advocate for entrepreneurs to gain capital) echoed the sentiment that getting started early helped give them a leg up in terms of troubleshooting and rebounding after failures. Being young and green can be advanteous in that the risks taken today can mean big benefits for the future. Take Lauren M. Bias, a serial entrepreneur, author and speaker, who, at 19, founded a boutique vineyard and winery that became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand. Her story along with many others is more than motivational.
Source: Black Enterprise | Janell Hazelwood