“Get good at building a solid team around you and focus on what you are really good at. Then build team members around you to execute other things that need to be done. Build your team!” Ryan Knight.
On Empowered 4x’s Bizgrams Episode 4, our guest, Ryan Knight, discusses how to be successful as a social enterprise positively impacting the community.
How Challenging is it to become an Entrepreneur?
Ryan described it as “being a baby” that is always about learning something. Every day you learn new things about how to run a business. This is not just about the technical execution of the work. It is also about learning how to keep up the business.
You cannot call yourself an entrepreneur if something can come before you as a roadblock and stop you because you do not know how to solve it. Of course, no one does not to be spoon-fed you about the processes to follow.
If you do not know how to do it, “go and figure it out.” If you do not know how to hire a person, watch some YouTube videos. There is an answer on the Internet or from a mentor who can help you most of the time.
In fact, entrepreneurship is the endless marathon that you can leave to your children or the community. So, it would be best if you thought of it as a machine that can last forever.
Why African Caribbean Business Network (ACBN) was Created, and What are They Working on?
Ryan faced the same issues when he was developing his business. There were no Black focus business organizations in the Peel region that would help scale the business. Moreover, those organizations did not have the mandate to scale companies.
As a solution, Ryan and seven other entrepreneurs started helping entrepreneurs in the community to scale their businesses further. If an entrepreneur from the Afro Caribbean Community reached their plateau at any business point, they would have a place to ask for help.
ACBN has different programs that can help your business. There is always funding, microloan programs, and marketing assistance to help your business get to the next level.
Not only that, but they are also launching a new program to help establish formal engagement with a mentor and mentee. They plan to expand their mentor pull from a few to a minimum of 5. In general, it would offer more chances to establish connections within the Black community.
ACBN conducts regular information sessions, working groups, and legacy symposiums. For entrepreneurs thinking of running a business or already running one, ACBN has all the different tools, tips, and tricks from local experts to help.
Also, you can actively participate in the ACBN competition with weekly $1000 giveaways and other materials from the Black community to support you. So do not ever miss out on the chance for money just because you did not apply.
Connect with Ryan Knight!
You can watch the discussion with Chris-Beth on Ryan Knight’s journey and his company, The Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN), in the first blog, Start Your Own Business with Ryan Knight!
Watch Ryan Knight’s video Episode 4: Bizgrams with Ryan Knight.
Based on Ryan’s Knight story of his success, starting The Afro-Caribbean Business Network, what problems are you facing in developing your business?
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