We had the good fortune of connecting with Amera McCoy, PhD and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amera, how does your business help the community?
I started Minority Business Circle after learning statistics about small businesses. For example, nearly half of small businesses fail in their first year and I believe with a little help more first-time entrepreneurs have the potential to thrive and build long-standing businesses. More minority-owned businesses equate to more generational wealth and more jobs within urban communities. With the right resources, knowledge, capital, and connections minority businesses can grow and compete globally. It is time we see more minority owners grow their businesses to publically traded companies and undeniable legacies.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Minority Business Circle is an online platform that allows entrepreneurs to manage all their business needs in one place. The platform includes classes on various business topics, access to capital resources, consultants, and coaches. It’s a mirror of all the gaps I felt as a new entrepreneur. I didn’t know where to go, how to start, or what was needed. MBC removes all the guesswork out of business ownership. The best part about it is as the community within the platform grows the resources and knowledge base grows with it. We continue to curate the classes to fit the latest business topics and pain points, while also working with third parties to bring strategic discounts to small businesses.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I travel a lot and have favorite places everywhere I visit. Atlanta is always a good time and usually very hot. I like to hangout at neighbor hood spots like the Lifetime Fitness Waterpark where the crowds are smaller and you can get the pool to yourself. I also enjoy these key spots:
-Toast on Lenox – great food and drinks even better atmosphere.
-Any Waffle house for an authentic ATL experience. You will see so many waffle houses not stopping at least once will make your trip incomplete.
-Trap Museum – an unforgettable walkthrough of Trap music history. Celebrating musical artist who rairly receive acknowledgment for their contributions to the music industry.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My story is full of special people that pushed me forward even when unintentional but there are three that stand out on my journey. My mom Tamara McCoy, she’s always hyping me up. More people know about my business, not because of advertisements but because they ran into my mom at the mall, store, or drive-thru. She is the best marketing tool I have and she’s doing it out of love. While my mom is somewhere hyping me up my dad John McCoy is finding new ways to humble me. He’s not excited easily, and his conversation reminds me no manner how much is achieved there are still core issues in the world. Last, I have a great friend that reminds me of how far I come on my business journey. John McNally gives me hope, because when I am building and working it’s hard to see my own progress. It’s always nice to have a friend that can see your bigger picture and remind me it’s time to celebrate.
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