Entrepreneur in Action | Vanessa Carter Cobb, Multi-Business Owner


Vanessa CarterVanessa’s multi-entrepreneurial efforts first became evident to me when I saw her dropping off her son at my own son’s football practice in Richmond, VA. She had a large magnetic sticker on her new Chrysler 200 advertising Another Way Driving School. Shortly thereafter, I began improving her web presence and discovered her many other business efforts. Vanessa is as warm and approachable as she is driven and determined! She has a take charge personality and continually looks for new opportunities. I am proud to help support her many businesses and look forward to what she comes up with next!

1. Career influences

Career influences for me are my 2 boys Anthony and Jayquan. If it was not for them coming into my life I would never have thought of starting my own Daycare Business. Anthony and Jayquan influenced me to start my own daycare business because I had a hard time finding daycare for them! Being a single parent at the time, it was very hard to afford good reliable childcare while I went to work. I made too much money to receive child care assistance, but everyday it seemed like I was working just to pay for childcare. One day I had no one to watch my boys, so I had to stay at home with them. While at home I thought to myself, “there has to be a better way!” I prayed to God asking him to show me what he wanted me to do. A few weeks later, a friend asked me if I had ever thought about doing childcare out of my own home. I said “no” and she said, “I really think that you should. You are very good with children!” I told her that I would think about it. Soon after that conversation, I started going to child development training sessions and on Sept. 9, 2005, I resigned from my job. I didn’t know what I was going to do or how I was going to pay my bills or even feed my boys. I trusted God in his word when he said; “I will never leave or forsake you. Lean and depend on me.” So, I did. I stepped out on faith. On October 5, 2005, Blessing Sent Child Care was formed. I opened my house to care for children on October 17, 2005 starting out with only 3 children not including my own. Today I have a full service Day Care Center with over 65 children enrolled, a State of Virginia certified Driving School & an Office Installation Business.

2. Biggest career success

My biggest career success is being a successful woman in business for herself. I am proud to be an Entrepreneur.

3. Recent lessons learned

A recent lesson learned for me is that I must stay active in my business and not just rely on my staff to make sure that things are done correctly and on time.

4. What inspires and motivates

The things that inspire and motivate me are God, my children, my daycare children and my staff. When I go to the daycare center, the children greet me with excitement and start calling my name and give lots of hugs. That’s a really good feeling and it motivates me to continue to be at the daycare especially when I am not in the best mood. My staff and I are just like family. We are excited to see one another and we care about each other. If one person is feeling down we give words of encouragement or a hug to pick up our spirits.

5. Share a leadership story

The best advice I can give another leader is to set good examples for your employees. When speaking with staff, customers or clients be respectful, polite and take ownership if there is a problem that was caused by you or your employees. When speaking with people  look them straight in the eyes. Direct eye contact displays confidence and encourages honesty.

6. Your Top Two

  • Put God first and make sure that you have confirmation from Him.
  • Love what you do.

My piece of advice for other entrepreneurs is to set goals and go for them. Do not let anyone tell you, or try to convince you, that you cannot do it. The one thing that I have learned is that you are able to do anything that you set your mind to. I am a perfect example. Some of my friends call me a “Jamaican” since I am always trying something new. It doesn’t bother me. I keep going. I love it!

7. About Vanessa

I am Vanessa T. Carter Cobb, 41yrs of age and have been married for 7 yrs to Donald Cobb. I have two children Anthony (14) and  Jayquan (11).

I am the owner of Blessing Sent Child Care Center L.L.C which is located in Eastern Henrico, my position is the Director. Blessing Sent Childcare Center is a licensed Facility by the State of Virginia. We are licensed for 80 children and currently have 65 enrolled. Yes, we are now enrolling! We accept ages 6wks – 12yrs of age. Hours of operation are 6:30am – 5:30pm Monday – Friday.  Blessing Sent Child Care Center has a Facebook page check it out!

The other  business is Another Way Driving School L.L.C. and Another Way Driver Improvement Clinic L.L.C. located in Eastern Henrico. Another Way Driver Improvement Clinic offers 8 hour, Defensive Driving Classes on Saturdays. You may be able to earn 5+ points on your driving record. Another Way Driving School is a school teaches teens and adults how to drive. We offer behind the wheel lessons for teenagers who are eligible to receive their Drivers License.  Another Way Driving School also teaches adults how to drive. www.anotherwaydriver.com & www.facebook.com/anotherwaydriver

The newest business that I have established is  Cubes “R” Us Office Furniture Installations L.L.C. www.cubesrus.biz. I am also a Mobile Notary, Licensed by the State of Virginia, a member of SWaM & EVA as well as The Better Business Bureau.

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Owner of LoebigInk.com, author of TheInkBlog.net, CriminalThinking.net and part-time Technology Manager for the Alliance for Performance Excellence, Brian has over 15 years of experience working in the quality improvement, human services and technology fields as an administrator and consultant. Brian has also worked as a practitioner and administrator in the corrections, substance abuse and human services fields with a special emphasis on technology. He continues to work with numerous community-based non-profits as a web technology consultant, board member and volunteer. Feel free to .
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7 Responses to Entrepreneur in Action | Vanessa Carter Cobb, Multi-Business Owner

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  2. The ReNew U Coach ™ says:

    I love your ambition and drive!!! You Go Girl…

    • I Would first like to apologize for just replying to your comment. Thank you so much for your comment. It really means alot, we as women have to have that ambition & I thank God everyday that I do. Be Blessed.

      Vanessa

  3. Becca says:

    That is very inspirational, Sorry if I am too forward, but were you a single mother when you started your daycare? was running your own daycare enough to pay your bills and not feel like your getting behind? My sister and I want to start a home daycare, and while we are totally excited, I am scared at the same time that I may have a hard time paying my bills. I have a two year old daughter, her father and I are not doing to well so I am planning to venture out on my own, becoming a single mother. Have any helpful tips.

    Thanks! -Becca

  4. Good morning Ms. Becca,
    I would like to thank you first for your comment & taking the time to read about me. Becca trust me I understand, the answer to your first question No, I was not married at the time that I started my daycare business. I was a single parent with 2boys & a lot of bills, when I first started it was hard as well as scary. You have to remember that, I was a stranger to some of my customers & some I was not. I had to build that trust with the ones that I did not know, especially when working with other people children. When you speak on the money part yes, you do need a little not a lot if you are starting off at home. I invested in my company’s 401k program I cashed that in to help me to stay on top of things until I built my business up as far as my customers. At that time the pay was very good for in home daycares, I don’t know about now though. Really its all about how good of a service that you provide to your children & parents. Truthfully with me, I treat all of the children as if they were my own I love them & they love me. I greet everyone of them with a hug (all of them in each class) I love what I do. If this is something that you and your sister want to do then do it. Becca, trust GOD with everything even with your marriage give it to GOD. Once you have given him whatever it is that you are going through you will see everything coming into place. Before you adventure out to start any business make sure that you have everything in order starting with you first. You know what to do & I am here if you need me for advice ok. Thanks again for reading, I don’t know you but I love you and believe in you & your sister. Be Blessed!

    Vanessa

    • Andrea says:

      Your story is so inspirational. My situation sounds almost the same. Except I help with my grandson. My daughter works and goes to school. I have him majority of the time. Just like u its hard for her to find good affordable daycare. I have been thinking about doing daycare ever since he was born. He is now 2. I have a lot of people encouraging me but I know it’s the fear holding me back but your story has been motivating. I would love to get some advice on how and where to start. Thanks for sharing your story..

  5. Abrielle Valencia says:

    Brian,
    Stop by my blog ( http://abriellev.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/who-the-hell-is-abrielle/ ) when you get a chance. Thanks for being my muse. ;-)

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