$1,000 Start-Ups Launch Update

Picture showing the countdown to a business launch

The Prototype Fair

We held the $1,000 Start-Ups’ Prototype Fair last Saturday. The Murray family hosted the inagural class on their beautiful property. (We masked and maintained social distancing guidelines during the event, except during our photoshoot.)

Janet Michea, Amelia Pet Portraits, kicked us off with a virtual demonstration of her prototype table. She’s a multi-talented artist who paints, does graphic design, logos and websites and a real asset to our class.

We sampled several Elderberry Syrups from Kim Murray’s HerbAbilities. I brought home a bottle of “Tranquility” to help me stay calmer during this busy time of social distancing. I can’t wait to try her Vanilla Extract and Hand Sanitizer.

The Binettes’ Top Secrets Sweets offers an amazing collection of tantalizing goodies. Their moon pies took me back to my childhood! They had samples of everything and SOLD OUT before the fair was over. Yum!

The Hiebels are a family of Entrepreneurs. McKenna, owner of Amelia Island Microgreens, gave a presentation on the health benefits of microgreens then let us have a taste. (I can’t wait until mine grow so I can have them on a healthy salad!) Christine, her mom, is a serial entrepreneur who taught us how to set up our Facebook Business Pages.

Kurt, McKenna’s dad, is a mechanical engineer who’s studied renewable energy. He’s launching AF Solar, LLC, a business that installs residential home energy packages. Since it makes good sense to install solar panels on a new roof, he’s already partnered with a roofing company who works with the homeowner’s insurance company to replace storm damaged roofs.

This is the $1,000 Start-Up table. The graph in the middle of the page shows how the launch plan for “The $1,000 Start-Up Foundation” was accelerated by this class. The foundation provides economic and re-entry opportunity by training and funding low cost business start-ups for potential entrepreneurs from traditionally marginalized communities. We brought copies of the books used in the course: $1,000 Start-Ups and The Bartender’s Guide to Financial Freedom.

Published by Leah Ward-Lee

Leah Ward-Lee, the author of "$1,000 Start-Ups", is a serial micro-entrepreneur. She opened her first business at ten after lobbying for and receiving a shoe shine kit for Christmas. She pulled her wagon through the neighborhood, going door-to-door, offering to shine her neighbor’s shoes for twenty-five cents a pair. Once her wagon was full, she took the shoes home and polished them. Unfortunately that business was short-lived. She hadn’t tagged the shoes and couldn’t remember whose shoes were whose, so her dad went with her to retrace the route until every pair was returned. Since then she’s had businesses developing and teaching college courses, instructing aerobic classes, owning half a plane that was rented to a flight and maintenance school, and renting homes. She’s also owned a consignment store, a gift shop, a gift basket business, a consulting firm, hosted The Executive Toolbox (a weekly radio show), and a publishing company. She also spent twenty years in the US Army, served as the Chief Information and Technical Officer for two major insurance companies, and has a second career as a management consultant. Leah resides in Dallas, TX and on Amelia Island with Sammy and Goliath, her two rescue dogs.

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