I clearly recall my first encounter with Vernetta Holman back in the early 2000s. She was teaching a class on leadership and interviewing skills to teens involved with the George Washington H.S. Beacon – After School program. Anyone who can engage an audience of Philadelphia Public High School kids immediately has my respect! I have continued to follow Ms. Holman’s career and have had the opportunity to support several of her business initiatives even recently. Vernetta is a thoughtful, passionate and career-minded business coach that I am pleased to support!
1. Career influences:
I believe I was born with the entrepreneurial spirit. Both my mother Nancy Ford and father Raymond Ledbetter were both successful entrepreneurs. I was influenced by their persistence, hard work and love for what they did. My mother owned a lunch truck and my dad was an independent long haul truck driver, as well, they both co-owned BBQ chicken and rib business together.
2. Biggest career success:
Being able to partner with school districts, higher education, workforce development and non- profit initiatives, to encourage youth, low income and ex-offenders to establish leadership and entrepreneurial skills, while collaborating with organizations to develop community relations and partnerships for the improvement of local communities, businesses and residents.
3. Recent lessoned learned
A key learning point for me as and entrepreneur, is learning to keep up with ever-changing technology and marketing tools that are available to keep my business visible, alive and profitable. I am always educating myself on up and coming Internet marketing tools.
4. What inspires and motivates
I am inspired by the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. When I provide business training or a consultation to a client, the Golden Rule is the first thing that crosses my mind.
Entrepreneurship is a hard business, but passing on the knowledge and inspiration of others to those who need more help than you, can be just as rewarding. I’m motivated to see my clients do well and succeed. I am inspired when people who only know me by name, meet me and say, I’ve heard so much about you, let’s have a conversation. This allows me to continue to love what I do.
5. Share a leadership story
After being laid off several times, I finally decided in January of 2000 to start my own business. I took advantage of an entrepreneurial start up program that was being offered by my local unemployment office. With persistence and perseverance Career Essentials, LLC was born.
Since the establishment of my business, I have always had people surrounding me who believed in not just me, but the mission of my business as well. Always surround yourself with people who are willing to help you with knowledge and contacts, just because they want to see you succeed.
6. Your Top Two
Do what you love! Find your niche and make it your happy. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life. You’ll be a amazed at how excited your are to go to your workplace every day.
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7. About Vernetta Holman
Vernetta Holman is the Principle Managing Director/Owner of Career Essentials LLC, a corporate leadership communications and small business consulting firm, located in Elkins Park Pennsylvania. Career Essentials LLC has been in business since January 2000, with a passion for teaching communications of all types and the entrepreneurial spirit.
- Visit her website at www.careressentials.biz, and
- Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/careeressentials.
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