WGVU Radio Entrepreneurial Insider Recap | February 24, 2017

The 4th Friday of every month we host our Entrepreneurial Insider segment on WGVU Radio with host Shelley Irwin (Photo left) and local entrepreneurs and the business leaders who support them.  This month we were joined by Veverly Austin, M.B.A., MA (center photo below) and our own Program Manager, Mary C. Hartfield (photo right), talking about the upcoming EntrepreneurYOU Conference (March 3rd in Grand Rapids) and the upcoming GROW Connects workshop: How to Confidently Run Your Business (March 23rd at GROW).

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About Our Guest, Veverly Austin

Veverly Austin, M.B.A., MA is the Confidence Coach and Owner of Confident Living.

Veverly is a highly sought after confidence coach and a change agent for planning, turning passions into profits, cultivating creativity and optimizing decision-making through maximizing your most valuable asset, YOU.  Her success is evident through her 4 small businesses developed from her passions.

Veverly also recently received the W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award at the 2017 GIANT Awards.

What is a GIANT Award? Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations are recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids. The idea for this event grew out of need for recognizing notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. The awards recognize the contributions from all aspects of community life. Each award is named after local individuals who have given excellence and is a perpetual memorial to their notable contributions.

EntrepreneurYOU | Friday, March 3, 8:30am – 4pm $50

GROW is excited to work with Michigan Women’s Foundation and Davenport University. For the 3rd year, we are collaborating to put on this full day of empowerment and inspiration for women (and men) entrepreneurs. Holly Katko, author of Entrepreneur You will be the keynote speaker. Listen next week to WGVU Radio to hear Shelley Irwin’s interview with her too!

EntrepreneurYOU will include a finance panel, a panel of women entrepreneurs telling their success stories, along with twenty-one different workshops, and additional resource tables.

The finance panel will share different resources for funding your business. Panelists will talk about sources including investors, small business loans, microlending and more. The panel of women entrepreneurs will share their stories, including successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way.

And with so many workshops, you’re certainly going to find answers to your questions, the inspiration for your entrepreneurial journey, and make new connections as you start and build your business. See the lineup of workshops here:

Registration Information

Tickets include full access to the conference, continental breakfast, and lunch for a cost of $50. Registration information is here: http://bit.ly/2017EntreprenuerYOU

Veverly Austin will lead one of the many workshops. Hers is titled The Bounce Back Effect. Attendees will learn the 10 keys necessary for overcoming setbacks with confidence!

Veverly shared, “Failure in my own experiences in starting a business were a foundation for this conversation. I’ve had it many times with others individually and in previous presentations.”

As many business owners know, entrepreneurship is tough. This workshop will help you to develop the mental stamina to be strong and empower you to create distinct actions to keep moving and not give up.

A few of the keys to be discussed include:

  • Change your focus. Whatever you set your mind to do, you can do it. This stems from the Henry Ford quote, “Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.”
  • Learning how to say “No.” Veverly will teach you about the importance of, and how to say, no. This is a critical skill to help entrepreneurs in their life and in their business. It’s not always about saying no, but this workshop will help you identify when it makes sense so you can focus your time on your business.

GROW Connects Workshop

How to Confidently Run Your Business | March 23, 6-9pm $25

Titled How to Confidently Run Your Business, this workshop will help business owners focus on their niche. There is so much competition, but when you focus on your niche and what you do best you can build your business around that. We’ll help attendees clarify why they are doing what they do, identify their strengths, and how to strengthen them even more.

Veverly said, “We don’t focus on the weaknesses, we want to build your strengths. When you make your strengths even stronger, then your weaknesses can improve as well.”

Other elements of this workshop include:

  • Getting to know and understand your core self so you can remain in the game.
  • Identify when to ask for help and find mentorship to help in your business
  • Hands-on exercises for self-assessment to identify your strengths and what is at your core, so you can continue to develop and strengthen it.

Click here for information & registration

Seeing Failure as Lessons Learned

In this episode, we also talked about the word Failure. It’s important to know that as a person, a business owner, a parent, you name it, that you will fail. People need to embrace their failures, not as a what you can’t do, but rather to focus on what you can do. It (failure) is a stepping stone. You tried, you failed, now you can try new things and keep it moving.

For more information about Veverly Austin, visit ConfidentLivingGR.com

GROW Resources

Learn more about the resources and programs that we offer:

  • Intro to GROW. These are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month from 12-1 and 6-7pm.
  • Start Smart. These are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month
  • Small Business GPS Sessions. These 3-part clusters are held each month focusing on either Marketing, Business Basics or Financial Awareness.

View GROW’s events calendar here http://grow.nonprofitsoapbox.com/calendar


Listen to the January 2017 episode with Mary C. Hartfield & Jeanne Engelhart:  http://wgvunews.org/post/entrepreneurial-insider-14