• How did the ERC get started?
◦ My partner, Terrance Barber, and I have been working together for 2 years. He trusted my company, B-EZ Graphix to design all of the flyers and website for his company, Working Class Wednesday since 2016. We work well together because we have a lot in common. For example, one the best things that we have in common is that Terrance and I are problem solvers. We both saw that there was a problem regarding a large segment of the community with business ideas – but they often did not have the funding or business experience to build economically viable enterprises. So, these entrepreneurs would begin to lose their passion and their businesses were at risk of failing. Notsurprisingly, most of these entrepreneurs were microenterprises, kidpreneurs as well as Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprises (MWSBEs). In one of our many conversations earlier this year, we both talked about how we had been wanting to do something to help them. So, on instinct, we decided to do it together. So, we had several meetings to develop the business model and officially founded the ERC on March 25, 2018.
• What do you want visitors and locals to know about the ERC that they may not already know?
◦ The ERC is a business mentoring and consulting firm that seeks to reduce business failure among Minority, Women and Small Business Enterprises by connecting them with the tools, training, resources and connections they need to start and grow their businesses.
◦ The ERC business mentoring services are free of charge. If you have a business idea or problem, and not sure how to get started, you can contact us to schedule a free consultation and our mentors will make themselves available to help.
• What brings people to the ERC?
◦ They trust our expertise. Terrance is a local entrepreneur with the experience and connections throughout the city that got him where he is today. I have over 14 years of experience in business development, strategic marketing and creative services. We use this expertise and experience to help our clients solve their business problems. When we do, they talk about it and send their friends who also need help to us.
• How has the ERC grown in the short time it started?
◦ We were founded in March, but didn’t announce our selves until April 18th. Since then, we have reached over 1,500 people, gained new 20 mentees, and 5 new clients. The word is still spreading rapidly about us and how we’ve helped our mentees and clients.
• What’s next for the ERC?
◦ Next, we’re going to start hosting workshops to help educate our mentees, clients and the community of entrepreneurs at large to improve their business and financial acumen. The first event that we’ll be hosting is Workshop Wednesday: Money Matters on June 20th, 2018. We will be bringing community leaders to talk about business lending, credit, personal finance, real estate and small business grant opportunities.
• What social media does the ERC use?
◦ We are currently on Facebook and Instagram: @erctallahassee
• Describe the ERC in 5 words or less
◦ Founded for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.
▪ I chose this because no one understands the challenges of starting and growing a business better than we do. That’s the reason why our tagline is: “Let’s grow together!”