If you've been following my entrepreneurial journey for a while, you may remember that I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina eight years ago from my hometown of Washington, DC. This was a relatively easy transition for me since I set up the Indie Business Network from the very beginning to allow me to work from anywhere. But even though I love the freedom and flexibility my virtual business model offers, I have always been keenly aware of the fact that the entrepreneurial business training and mentoring I offer is not available in my own back yard in a physical sense.
Over the years, I have tried several strategies to magnify my local presence from a career perspective here in Charlotte. I opened (and later closed) a local office in a co-working space. I hosted a local radio show for a while. I opened and later closed an entrepreneurial training studio. As much as I enjoyed each of those endeavors, none of them was quite the right fit for me.
But you know me. I'm nothing if not persistent. So I continued doing what I have always done virtually, always being on the lookout for a suitable local opportunity.
Last year, Glenn Burkins, the former Business Editor and Deputy Managing Editor of the Charlotte Observer, published a story featuring some of my members and the work I do here at the Indie Business Network. We have remained in touch, and recently decided that a column featuring my entrepreneurial expertise would be a perfect addition to his independent news publication, Qcitymetro. Fast forward a few weeks, and I am QCityMetro's Small Business Columnist, and my first column was published this week.
I'm very excited to partner with Glenn to engage the vibrant and growing entrepreneurial community here in Charlotte. I majored in Journalism and Public Relations in college, and this new challenge makes me feel right at home.
Whether you are in or outside of the Charlotte area, I invite you to complete a quick survey designed to let me know how I can serve you best. What kind of stories would you like to see me cover? What are your entrepreneurial challenges and questions? How can I help you be more successful in your business? Let me know by taking this survey to let me know what your questions are and what you’d like to see in my small business column.
I plan to publish a new column every two weeks. I look forward to connecting with you at QCityMetro!