Celebrating Deborrah Ashley – Tampa, Florida USA @leverageyouritfactor as a current Black History maker
Deborrah is prolific, fluent in her craft, and is consistently searching for ways to improve. She’s not scared to challenge or be challenged, and even with her vast experience, she keeps an open mind. Here’s our Q&A. Her first answer is here and the remaining five are in the comments.
1. HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR? While in Grad school, I did an assistantship with the Small Business Development Center, where I helped small business owners develop their marketing growth plans. As a young black woman in her 20s, it was amazing that people trusted their "baby" to me. The fact that they looked to me and believed in me so much, motivated me to make sure I would get them results. One day I was at the hairdresser and although I wouldn't typically be reading Black Enterprise there, I opened up the magazine and saw a feature on a client that I had worked with. The bug hit me when I saw his feature and remembered outlining how to get media coverage as one of his strategies for growth. From there, I ONLY wanted to work with small businesses.