We had the good fortune of connecting with Beryl La Verne Hudson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Beryl La Verne, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have always taken a risk in my life, and making the decision to start my own business was no exception. Working as a Social Security Disability Advocate for a prominent disability attorney in metro Atlanta was a dream job. Not only was this a great paying job, but I also had the opportunity to work and be mentored by one of the leading disability attorneys in Atlanta. After careful consideration, I took the calculated risk of starting my own business, while continuing to work full time. The risk paid off, and after a year, I was in a position to go out on my own. For me, risk-taking correlates with entrepreneurship, both charter you into the unknown. There are career, finances, family responsibilities to be considered. Ultimately I embraced the risks involved in my decision, and I have never regretted it.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I will be celebrating five years of business ownership in November of 2021. We offer disability advocacy services to those who are struggling with both physical and mental disabilities and want to file a disability claim with the Social Security Administration. As a disability advocate my company assists clients with filing their disability claim up to, and including representing them at their disability hearings. As a business owner, I cannot emphasize enough the time and effort you put into making it a success daily. I love what I do, and enjoy being an asset to my clients as they try to traverse the difficulties associated with trying to get their disability benefits. These are mostly people who have worked their entire lives and come to a point in their lives, where they can no longer contribute financially or physically as they had before. This is where I step in and try to help them try to recoup a semblance of “new” normalcy, Beryl Hudson Disability Advocates Service was established in 2016, with a mission statement that incorporated a declaration to be of service to its clients, by offering the best in customer service, and quality of service.
Little Five Points

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting the area I would want to show them a great time by showing them all that Atlanta had to offer. I would probably start off by showing them the Little Five Points area. Little Five Points is an area in metro Atlanta where they have the greatest selection of restaurants and shops. We would probably eat at one of the outdoor restaurants, and stroll along the streets stopping at the various shops along the way. Another place we would definitely check out would be Cafe sunflower, in Buckhead. As a vegan, I enjoy visiting this restaurant as much as possible. Their food is delicious, and they have impeccable customer service!

Another place I would take them would be to Savannah. Savannah is rich in history, and we would visit River Street in historic downtown Savannah. River Street runs along the Savannah River, and you can see the boats coming in and out of port. There are lots of restaurants, shops, and other really cool attractions that border River Street., Savannah also has some incredible vegan restaurants, such as the Fox and Fig. We would visit City Market, and visit the bistros, and galleries along the way. Shopping with my best friend would definitely be at the top of the list, and there are so many shops to chose from.

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?
I would like to dedicate my success and where I am in life today, to my mom. My mother always encouraged me to give 100% of what we have to this world. She advised us to “leave our mark”. For me, leaving my mark means being of service to others in whatever way I can. As a disability advocate, I cannot say enough about how it has allowed me to pay it forward, and give to others. To be able to give back to my community of clients has added to the quality of my life, and the lives of my family. In addition, my mother taught me to keep a positive outlook on life, no matter what the circumstances, and to always maintain a grateful, and thankful spirit. Over the years I have worked hard to do this, and every day I see the benefits of the type of lifestyle she incorporated into my siblings and me. As a teacher, my mother shared the passion she had with us and showed us that being passionate about what we contribute to this world, makes a difference in who we become, and whose lives we affect. Any decision I make in life I always think “would my mom be proud of this”. It has been a guidepost for me up until this point, and asking myself this question, has helped me to make the right decision every time. My mom is, and will always be my hero!

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