We had the good fortune of connecting with Samara Michelle Daise and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samara, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want to leave a legacy of service and love. I believe that we are all born with gifts and talents. Sharing those gifts and talents with each other is the unseen beauty in the world.
As the founder of an Arts Nonprofit in Atlanta that serves the youth, I understand how difficult it can be trying to simply help others. I have learned skills and gained experiences that I feel mandated to share. Since my unique gift is teaching hard concepts in a very simple format, coaching and consulting was a natural progression.
Coaching nonprofit leaders and grassroots businesses is my way of contributing my talents in a major way. When I help an organization streamline its operations and get funding for its mission, it increases its ability to serve. This allows me to spread my gifts further than I ever could as the leader of one organization.
I want to be remembered as someone that served and helped others achieve their greatest potential. I want my children to see the good in this world and all the joy that comes when you help someone.
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?
The thing that sets me apart from other consultants is that I am a highly trained educator that has coached from raw experience. I have been in consulting and a nonprofit leader for 15 years. I deeply understand the challenges and benefits of starting a grassroots business from the ground up. I was in my early twenties when I started with a vision and determination.
I have some really proud moments. Of course, becoming a mom is one of those, but we’re talking about business, Samara Michelle Consulting was born during the pandemic. Over the years, I’ve helped numerous people complete the 501(C)3 application that is required to form a nonprofit, but it was always something that I did on the side. When the pandemic hit, my entire nonprofit business and my primary source of income abruptly stopped. My nonprofit works to provide enrichments to schools, daycares, and community programs, which were all closed or did not allow outside programs. I found myself unemployed and pregnant.
I believe in making my own path. I just formalized my consulting business and it took off like crazy. I started to teach a free grant class, Bootcamps, and offer Coaching. I’m so proud that my clients have received $10,000 and $20,000 grants after working with me. I am proud that one of my clients had a $100,000 year after starting her business during the pandemic and I have another client that got a $250,000 contract.
I have learned to believe in myself and to just keep taking steps towards my goals. Success doesn’t always look like you think. Sometimes you get knocked down or sideways and it puts you in a better position.
I want other dreamers to know that starting a business is possible. I want them to know that you can live the life that you imagine. I am just a girl from Detroit that believes that you can be happy and make money doing it. I live to help others do the same.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Mr. Everything Cafe, Morelli’s Ice Cream, and Atlanta Hawks Games
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out my sisters circle, which is a group of 10 Black women that are entrepreneurs, business professionals, wives, and mothers. We are all at different places in our journey but we support each other, give advice, and have lots of laughs. Believe it or not, we stay connected on a group text thread.
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