We had the good fortune of connecting with Monica Montgomery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monica, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Personally, taking risk is a vital aspect of life to prevent my limitations and fears from accomplishing goals. I’m an adventurer so taking a risk is intriguing to me since I get to learn more about myself, learn a new perspective and stay out of a comfort zone. I took a risk on starting a business because I wanted to at least attempt the effort and bet on myself instead of wondering what could have transpired. I figured my wins and accomplishments would outweigh any loss of funds, time, and relevance. After owning my business officially six years now, the risk turned out to be a financially and mentally awarding investment in my talents and purpose. I like to try new adventures instead of dreaming about how life would be; it’s important to take risks now and enjoy more moments in life. Whether it’s a small decision like trying new foods or a major decision such as purchasing more property, I take the risk, learn from it and embrace new outcomes.
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?
MCM Editing is a professional editing business that strives to help business owners access funding from business grants through creation of a detailed business plan. The goal of my business is to help business owners financially build their business and plan for expansion within a realistic time frame. Additional services include resume creation to achieve career expectations, edits of manuals, books, websites, etc. and notary services. I am proud that my clients receive realistic results that far exceed their expectations and continue to consult me for future needs and services. Having satisfied clients continues to motivate and excite me because I know that I was able to take their business or career to the next level and achieve long term goals. To maintain these expectations, I use my knowledge of grant writing, data analysis and grant research to access business grants that are directly aligned to my business clients and the services they provide. My knowledge comes from over 10 years of technical writing skills and research on market changes in order to keep up with shifts in market behavior. Having a profession in the financial industry for over 10 years also helps with understanding business structure and financial management needs. Obtaining these skills was not easy, but it has been worth the long nights of research, obtaining licenses, training with business experts to learn about effective business structure and experiencing the small business process myself when establishing MCM Editing. The hardest challenge was not having access to proper business structure information and not knowing the effective questions to ask. But discussing financial growth with directors, community leaders and financial advisors helped me to understand the process and importance of cash flow that all businesses need. For those looking towards a new career path, working along side HR directors, recruiters and payroll processing companies was a great advantage for me in understanding what companies are looking for when hiring qualified prospective candidates.
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?
While visiting the Madison, AL area we would visit new, creative spots that will make the week worthwhile. The beginning of the week would consist of visiting the Huntsville Museum of Art located downtown that showcases 14 galleries of art from local and national artists and exhibits that attract the cultural diversities of the city. After the museum, we would eat at Humphrey’s Bar and Grille for their signature drinks, food and live music featuring local bands. Downtown has various art displays and unique stores that offer a deeper look into creativity, especially at Lowe Mill Art and Entertainment where theater performances, galleries and a community garden are displayed. At Lowe Mill, we would try different foods, become painters, purchase merchandise from local artists and enjoy an outdoor concert. For mid week activities, we would do some shopping at Bridge street Towne Center where Belk, DSW, H&M, etc. would satisfy our fashion needs. Highly rated restaurants such as Connor’s, Texas de Brazil and Cheesecake Factory will make for a good time to eat, relax and indulge in desserts. Bridge Street is located in the heart of Madison and is close to Top Golf, Dave and Buster’s, and The Camp that will give us plenty of games, fun and entertainment to keep the night life busy. Towards the end of the week, we would enjoy various wine, music and relaxed atmosphere at Robyn’s Garden where we could enjoy home based wine and creative charcuterie boards. Blaque Cigar Lounge and Hammerheads Daiquiri Bar are other locations that specialize in signature drinks, creative dishes and relaxed atmospheres to wine down from a busy week. Weekend brunches can be enjoyed at Huntsville Botanical Gardens or Burritt on the Mountain that will give scenic views, nature walks and a great place to catch up with friends while partaking in different activities such as pottery class, live Jazz music and photography. A weekend baseball game at the Trash Panda stadium will give us a chance to enjoy Towne Madison and take advantage of the sports stadium and Margaritaville.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My biggest shout out is to The Lord for directing me on the path He has set for me every time I’ve said “this can’t be life, there has to be more.” Shout out goes to Tiffany Etheridge for constantly encouraging me to live out my talents and always seeing the best of me.
My family is always proud of me and reminds me that I can accomplish any goal by believing in myself, run the numbers, remain dedicated and remain steadfast.
My son keeps my humble and is amazed at what I have accomplished to build a better life for us. He’s my daily motivation!
My boyfriend Anthony supports my ideas, believes in me and the efforts of my business and provides his creativity to help my business remain relevant. He has been my emotional strength.
A close group of friends (Candice, Kendra, Latoya, Phillip and Rita) have consistently supported my decisions and have held me accountable to my stated goals and timelines. They have been the healthiest form of mental and emotional support throughout many years of friendship.
Overall, this is my personal community that has supported me and my efforts through the years of becoming a business owner to a reputable small business with a well established foundation. Without these relationships, I would not be as successful as I am today.
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