Rasheda Williams is A Woman Making It Happen

Welcome to our weekly edition of Women Making it Happen (#WomenMakingItHappen). Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we feature a woman entrepreneur who’s making it happen in the world of entrepreneurship! She's gonna share with us how she keeps it moving for her business venture(s). 

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Today’s featured woman is Rasheda Williams, the founder of Empowered Flower Girl where she teaches young girls empowerment through mentoring.

We asked Rasheda to share a bit about what keeps her pushing and striving to #MakeItHappen!!!
  1. First, we’d like to thank you so much for being a featured guest on our blog.Tell us a little bit about your business ventures. I launched Empowered Flower Girl LLC in 2010. Empowered Flower Girl is a social enterprise that works with schools, communities and organizations seeking solutions to cyberbullying, relational aggression and other social/communication challenges facing youth. We provide workshops and programs that foster positive relationships among students, as well as empower parents and educators. Most recently, Empowered Flower Girl published a guidebook and journal for girls entitled "Be EmPOWERed: How to Live Above & Beyond Life's Drama."
  2. What propelled you to venture off into entrepreneurship? I always had a desire to live freely. I had been working in education communications for more than 15 years. My passion has always revolved around empowering youth. So after feeling uninspired and unfulfilled at my most recent job, I decided that it was time to invest in me and live in my purpose. I quit in June 2016 and have been working on awesome community and education projects and speaking engagements.
  3. What are three important lessons you have learned since starting out in your business(es)? I've learned that you must expand your network to expand your net worth. Reaching out beyond your circle of friends and family will help you grow. I also learned that you can't do it all alone. Sometimes you have to let go of your Superwoman persona and ask for help.
  4. Have you faced any particular struggles being a woman owned business owner? I have faced more opportunities than struggles as a woman owned business. But a challenge I face as a social entrepreneur is turning down business. As an entrepreneur who wants to grow, you may be tempted to accept all of the money that's offered. But sometimes people aren't willing to pay you your worth and you have to know when to say no.
  5. Tell us a little bit about your support circle; who do you rely upon for support and guidance? I have a ton of awesome women in my life who also are entrepreneurs and nonprofit directors. I often rely upon my mentor and godmother who is a relationship therapist, author and co-owner of a thriving business. She is an incredible life and business role model.
  6. What advice would you give other women seeking to delve into entrepreneurship? If you have the desire to be an entrepreneur, go for it. There's no one to stop you, except you. Seek out mentors and resources. There are a ton of organizations across the country that offer support services for small and women-owned businesses. You can learn how to do anything on YouTube. Utilize as many resources as possible and have faith in yourself and your idea.
  7. Supporting other women in business is part of our mantra so tell us how can we support your business ventures? Follow and engage with us on social media and pick up a copy of Be EmPOWERed for the teen in your life at https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997880007 Facebook.com/empoweredflowergirl
We hope you enjoyed the interview with our #WomenMakingItHappen Monday Entrepreneur, Rasheda Williams Reach out to her and show her some support! Visit her Facebook Fan Page.

If you know of a woman who’s pushing to #MakeItHappen in the world business, tag them with the hashtag #WomanMakeItHappen. We’d love to feature them in our weekly blog series. If you are interested in being a featured womanpreneur, visit this LINK to sign up!

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