We had the good fortune of connecting with Elontae Bateman and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Elontae, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was really very natural or unintentional. I literally had an idea and started to execute on that idea because I was trying to spread message through my college campus, my native community (Memphis, TN), and creative community, which ended up becoming a business. However, the message was to get my peers, creatives, and motivated individuals with ideas and projects to release their work to the world, or at least start to execute on those ideas. It was just a thing that I wanted to do to motivate more of my peers and my people.

Therefore, my thought process was to just start a clothing brand that could build a community around that message. It was a very organic process, and it started out as a small project that I wanted to start.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
what you are most proud of or excited about.

I would say that I am the most proud of graduating college from Wake Forest University with my bachelors and attending University of Tennessee for my masters, and playing Power 5 college football. Also, I work in college athletics where I do career, leadership, and professional development for student- athletes that come from similar, better and worse backgrounds then me, and i still run my business, which keeps me productive. I also believe those are some of main things, I am proud of too be honest, I love helping individuals and spreading encouragement to young people, especially black people in any way. Also, I am every excited to see what’s next for me after graduation and new ideas for 2022.

How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

I believe it was a steep learning curve, for my professional career as entrepreneur and working in sports but it was something I wanted to do, so it has been enjoyable. I have had my shortcoming, but I overcame those struggles by keeping my same perspective, which is that L is a lesson and a new opportunity for progression. That perspective has helped me learn a lot along the way, instead of complaining or wasting time, which is a normal reaction.

What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

Although, the biggest lesson I have learn is that marketing is the key with building a brand, and marketing isn’t a quick process, so stay consistent . Also you have to just have to start. It’s ok if you don’t know every detail, but learn the basics and get started. This something I have embraced, when learning how to market, screen print, heat press, build an operations, system, photography, audio production, and more. I believe that’s my biggest advice to give because if you really want it, you’ll figure it out.

Therefore, I just want to let the world know or the readers of my interview to know that my brand Go Global clothing is a brand that promotes creativity, productivity, and a fearless nature. I am always open to answering questions about business, college sports, ideas, or to talk about progressive matter. Also, Go Global Clothing is my first business, but not my last business, so stay in touch with me and let ‘s work. #GoGlobal

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.
If you’re coming to Memphis for the first time, I would take you to downtown Memphis to Beale Street, Midtown, Overton Square park, Black civil right museum, a few Memphis games, and for some black areas to see.

I believe if you wanted to eat good any bb kings would be the first place to experience the city’s food.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to say that it takes a village to raise a child, which is the same with developing young adults and aged adults. I believe God has given a lot of great mentors, peer, parents, coaches, and pastors to help mold me into the man, I am now. I believe that my walk with Christ has helped me the most in my character and moral development, but my parents helped build the work ethic for my life before I even became a teenager, so God and my parent deserve a lot of credit in my successes in school, football, and entrepreneurially.

However, I just want to give credit to my communities, which are Whitehaven ( Black haven) , Wake Forest University (Ashley Wechter and Wake Forest football team, Winston-Salem (Pastor John Bailey), and all of the peer and mentors in my life. Also, the whole Memphis, TN, which help me cultivate my entrepreneurial and loving rebel spirit, helped me become a mentally tough individual, and provided me with a rich black culture and community.

Website: https://www.goglobalco.store/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/goglobalco/?hl=en

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elontaebateman54/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoGlobalco

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/goglobalclothing/?show_switched_toast=1&show_invite_to_follow=0&show_switched_tooltip=0&show_podcast_settings=0&show_community_transition=0&show_community_review_changes=0

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF_VJzB4mZhjCx9AOLmuExw

Image Credits
@connormorss (Connor Morss) @shotby50 ( 50 Shot)

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