I am not just an entrepreneur and business woman, but I am also an advocate for women’s empowerment, domestic violence victims, teen parents, and black creatives. I am a multifaceted professional that has worked my up through self-taught skills and independent management. I specialize in helping women to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals, but I am not limited in what I do for people in general, as I wear many professional and leisurely oriented hats.
What ignited the spark in you to start a new business venture or to make significant changes in an existing business?
How did the idea for your business come about?
Well, Brittany Miller Brand began in Hair and Beauty, with my Natural Hairstyling company, Mothers and Daughters Hair. I was able to grow my business and gain quick exposure through my own public relations and branding strategies. As my company grew, other women and entrepreneurs began to inquire about my work in communications and marketing. I realized the great need many people had for this type of assistance and service, therefore I built the foundation and branched our into Public Relations, Brand Management, Coaching, Consulting and Graphic Design. — I have also expanded my brand to include an online media platform called Woman to Woman Talk; for Women of Color, featuring celebrity and public figure interviews, for the betterment of womanhood.
What were the biggest initial hurdles to building your business and how did you overcome them?
Some of the biggest hurdles included the necessity of getting UNCOMFORTABLE in order to get COMFORTABLE. — The struggle has gotten real at times, but with faith and dedication to my purpose I have literally always prevailed. Faith has been the solution to all of my most challenging hiccups. There’s really nothing I can’t handle without God on my side!
What books are you currently reading?
I am currently taking a mini break from heavy reading, as I am in the process now of writing my own book and memoir.
And your recommendation for entrepreneurs to read?
More than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Did you ever deal with contention from your family and friends concerning your entrepreneurial pursuits?
How did you handle it? What would you do differently in hindsight?
Most of what I’ve done my whole life has kind of been against the grain anyway. I’ve never really gravitated towards the “normal” or practical route of doing things, so although I did get mixed feedback and senses of fear and hesitation from folks about my dreams and ventures, it only made me go harder for what I wanted. My level of determination is pretty strong and steady.
What would you say was the single most influential factor in your business success?
My ability to connect with and accommodate the people. I have always been a “people person” and have always had great rapports with anyone I’ve worked with or come across in work or creative collaboration. I’m a great listener, so it gives me an advantage when it comes to grasping what my clients want and the endless creative ideas that come to me regularly are just the icing on the cake. My work ethic and professionalism alone has superseded me and caused authentic and lasting relationships with business partners and clients.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started as an entrepreneur?
That there are no limits to the way God can use you in your gifts. In the beginning I was more timid when it came to going all out and manifesting my gifts in multiple fields and areas of work or service. Now I maximize each of my abilities and I don’t hold back no matter how many people I think may be intimidated or overwhelmed. Not everyone can handle or understand a jack of all trades when it comes to entrepreneurship and business foundation. — But what I have found is that the more I can do and offer, the more comfortable my clients feel about being able to get their needs fulfilled in one place. It also secures trust in those I work with because they know just by how much I can do that this is my true passion and that I will go the extra mile for them anytime.
What advice would you give to an upcoming entrepreneur locally and internationally?
Do what you love and TAKE THE TOP OFF!!!! Don’t put yourself in a box or limit your possibilities, but instead... work and study freely. Master your craft and learn all that you can possibly learn from it, and then add some flare that will make you stand out from all the rest who do what you do. Think outside the box and never be too prideful to ask for help or broaden your team. — In my works with Celebrity and high profile personalities, I have found that NO ONE successful had gotten to that point alone or without a team. Don’t be afraid to bring on folks that you can trust, that have the passion and skill to take some of the pressure off and help to grow what you’re building. Once you spread those wings and accept your full potential, your brand or business can really soar and become what you’ve always dreamed it could be.