Today we’d like to introduce you to Nakisha Adams.
Nakisha, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. I was raised by my mother and father, who stressed the importance of education, so of course, college was in my future. My educational plans did not go in the direction I intended. I wanted to pursue my MBA right after undergrad, but I married at the age of 22 and put my education on hold to take on the roles of wife and mother. It was not until after my divorce 10 years later that I decided to follow my aspirations of completing my education.
While attending school and working in Corporate America, grant writing was something that happened by chance. I needed an elective to complete my degree program and decided to take a grant writing class. The class interested me and I received really good feedback from my instructor, but still had no intentions of pursuing grant writing as a career.
I was attending a networking event where I was introduced to an individual who needed a grant writer. My friend took it upon themselves to volunteer me. (I did make it clear that I was not a grant writer). The individual asked if I could look through a proposal he was working on, and provide feedback. I agreed, made some edits, he submitted it and a few months later received a phone call that he had been awarded the grant. As they say the rest is history.
Eventually, I did have to make the decision to fully commit to the corporate world or take on entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship won. In a short time, I went from being a girl from Milwaukee, WI to being a girl in Atlanta. Atlanta has since become my second home and has taught me a lot about being an entrepreneur. I have gained the confidence to take on other markets including Chicago, Florida, Texas, and Haiti. This is just the beginning.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Overall, it has been a relatively smooth road. The struggles I did encounter, included transitioning from the security that came from my corporate job in terms of pay, to attempting to secure the same security with being an entrepreneur. There was that fear of the unknown. There was also that struggle that initially came with transitioning from one market into several markets. My comfort was in Milwaukee, as I was used to dealing with the clientele I had already established. Coming to Atlanta and establishing a new clientele was at first somewhat intimidating, it, however, gave me a thicker skin and boosted my confidence, because I felt if I could be successful in this market, I could be successful anywhere.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Skribble inc. – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Skribble inc. is an agency that was designed to assist non profit organizations in the areas of grant writing, nonprofit start up and development along with board governance. I also assist for profit businesses with business plans and contract negotiations. I am most proud that I have the opportunity on a daily basis to meet with and assist, some awesome individuals who are changing the narrative of their communities. To be able to assist a client who started their nonprofit with their own money, and see them be awarded their first grant is one of the best feelings ever. This is what sets Skribble inc. apart from other companies and agencies. What I do is not income driven, but it is to help and educate those who are invested in helping others. There have been several occasions where I have had to tell a client they should not apply for certain grants or should focus on strengthening certain areas within their organizations, before applying for funding.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am currently focused on introducing Skribble inc. to more markets. I would like to be in the New York market by the beginning of 2020. I feel with the success of the Atlanta market, New York is somewhat similar and Skribble inc. would do well. I am also planning to launch a nonprofit under the company, which will focus on helping and develop young women who want to go into entrepreneurship. I feel it is important especially for women, to have mentors and a network of individuals that can assist with educational and financial support. I was fortunate that my education was in the area of business and I was able to take what I learned from school and the corporate world and transition that into building my own business.
- Website: www.skribbleinc.com
- Phone: 414-208-4787
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @skribbleincwriting
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skribbleinc/
- Other: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nakisha-adams-mba-31388471/
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