Be like Nike and Just Do It!

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Receiving a grant to help fund my dreams! Photo by my dad, Eric H. Hollaway Sr.

Owning a children’s bookstore has been a dream of mine for quite sometime. Back in 2010 I was, for a brief moment serious about the endeavor. What stopped me was competition; another local was already in the works to open a children’s bookstore in St. Pete. Their vision didn’t pan out and 7 years later St. Pete is still without a children’s bookstore.

Fear is something that can definitely hold you back, IF you allow it!

In January 2017 I was told about a program held by Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation. Their C.A.T.C.H program, a 15 week  course on how to operate a successful business. After completion of the program your business receives a grant, on top of that 18 months of mentorship!

Once again fear set in and I almost let it dictate my decision of applying. Telling myself I’m not ready, there’s more deserving businesses, all kinds of malarkey. I turned my application in on the very last day, 15 mins before applications closed. A few days later I got a call, I was accepted into the program and have been on cloud nine ever since. My motto for 2017 has been “Whatever God has for me is mine!”.

Going through the program gave me so much confidence to make my dreams a reality! So many people have been so supportive in cheering me on.

If you or someone you know is a entrepreneur of either Hillsborough or Pinellas county and are at the pre-startup phase or already in business, please check out Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corp.  for more information on how they may be able to  assist you in making your entrepreneurial dreams a reality!

Until next time,

Peace, Love, & Books!

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