“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” — Iyanla Vanzant, Speaker
This quote speaks volumes to me as a female entrepreneur. I have taken many paths in my life to get me to this point. The best decision I have ever made was to become a nurse then a Nurse Educator. I started Nursing Success College to educate those interested in pursuing a career in Nursing. As I found nursing to be my calling, helping others find fulfillment in the field nursing is my mission.
Entrepreneurship is not an easy dream to achieve. Resources are difficult to come by and getting the word out about the endeavor can be a hit or miss task. I’ve heard it said before that you will never find harder work than working for yourself and it rings true. The rewards far outweigh the sleepless nights and rejection. Truth is- as a female business owner, rejection can become commonplace in a society that tends to bend more toward the business savvy of men. The going sentiment many times is that a man can do the job right! While there are plenty of successful male business owners, women in entrepreneurship are an equal force to be reckoned with.
Some things to contend with as a women veteran business owner are:
- Initial funding
- Balancing work/home life
- Respect from the business community
- Business Mentorship and training opportunities
- Consumer Support
The Federal Government has established grant programs for Women & Veterans for Small Businesses in an effort to close the wide gap and disparity between male and female business owners. While these grant programs help with much needed funding to establish and maintain female & veteran businesses in America, consumer support is the only thing that will truly sustain the business. So the next time you are shopping for that perfect item remember to check out your local woman veteran owned business and help boost them toward success!
Nicole M. Brown, MSN, RN
Founder: Nursing Success College & The Nurse Dolls