Passionately Creating Opportunity With 2016 Stevie Award Winner, Shonda Scott

I love the freedom to create and control my destiny. The freedom to create makes being an entrepreneur a labor of love for me. Through the freedom of being an entrepreneur you learn lessons that increase your faith and inner...

Shonda Scott won the International Stevie Awards’ Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2016.

She is a recognized business woman, civic leader, and philanthropist. Scott served on The White House Council for Women and Girls inaugural committee of community leaders, after being appointed to President Obama’s Platform Committee in 2012, and describes the ability to create opportunities for her team as one of the most exciting part of being a woman in business.

What did you eat for breakfast?

Glass of water, banana, and a spoon of peanut butter for protein.

What’s your workout?

If I am unable to swim, I will workout with a trainer when I can, or walk the lake.

What picture is on your phone’s home screen? Share it with us. ?

A picture of my son and me with President Obama in the White House. Historic moment for my family and son, who was a college freshman at the time. He was on the track team and had to get permission from head coach and professors to attend the event with the President at White House. He had to bring one professor a photo, as proof he actually met President.

Tell us about your work. What inspired you to start your business? Where did you start and where are you now?

I wanted to be the link to between small business community and multi-billion dollar projects. I started my business to be a part of the solution and to help resolve the lack of inclusion issue, and also be a voice to tell the story of why diversity is America’s best success story.

Where did you start and where are you now?

I started my business in Oakland, CA with just one employee, me, and now I have offices in LA, DC and Oakland with a team of over 20 people.

What do you see for your future?

In the future I see myself with a multi-generational, family-owned empire that has a positive impact on many nations and generations.

What do you see as challenges for you and your business?

It is always a challenge to keep business. Getting the contract is one thing, and keeping it is another. The only way a business survives is to keep generating more business. This ongoing challenge is just the nature of the beast. I must add that it does help to provide exceptional service to your clients – makes them what to keep you around.

Tell us a story about a success in your business or a mistake you overcame?

Well, after 10 years in business, I was excited to finally receive a line of credit that will help me grow my business. Even with a profitable business over 10 years old, obtaining a line of credit from a financial institution is still a major accomplishment, which also offers some peace of mind.

What do you love about being an entrepreneur?

I love the freedom to create and control my destiny. The most exciting part of being an entrepreneur is creating opportunities for my team, clients and me to thrive. The freedom to create makes being an entrepreneur a labor of love for me. Through the freedom of being an entrepreneur you learn lessons that increase your faith and inner strength.

What about your business matters most deeply to you? How does it engage your values?

Integrity is paramount to my business. It is one aspect that is not negotiable. In fact, integrity is one of my company’s core values and our clients look to us to have the highest level. Since we are often in circumstances where integrity is lost or forgotten.

Tell us a story about a success in your business or a mistake you overcame?

The celebration of my company’s 10th year anniversary; this year is a success in itself. Especially when I started my company, I was a single mom of a very active 10-year-old boy. I had to balance my rigorous schedule and his too. Managing client meetings and projects, and still attending every game and school event. Now 10 years later, I have a formidable business, and a successful college student.

What would you say is your “entrepreneurial superpower?”

Impeccable follow-up. I know how to juggle many tasks, prioritize, and make sure the ball doesn’t drop. Well at least not the important ones.

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