DBP: It seems like you’re passionate about helping others succeed.
MC: Yes! I encounter a lot of people who want to start their own businesses and I’ve been helping them launch for about 10 years. When I transitioned to full-time entrepreneurship in 2019, I decided to take business a step further and launch my own consulting firm, Cadore Advisory Group. It’s always exciting to see others realize their dreams of business ownership, and helping them go from concept to business registration is the first major step! That’s actually the easy part — managing operations, developing best practices, and strategically planning for growth and sustainability is the real work.
DBP: Why Downtown Brooklyn?
MC: We chose Downtown Brooklyn because it is home to us. Albee Square Mall was our favorite after-school hang out when we were growing up and we were always inspired by all of the small businesses in the area. After opening up our first shop, we’d often participate in FAD Market at City Point and we’d always envision owning a store inside the center. We finally made it happen!
DBP: Do you have tips for anyone who wants to start their own venture?
MC: My first piece of advice is to do your homework before you take the leap. Tap into your network and try connecting with people who can guide you in the right direction. It’s not easy but having a mentor, even someone who may be just a little ahead of you can make a difference. Also, there are plenty of free resources available from agencies like Small Business Administration, Small Business Services to local nonprofits and Community Development Financial Institutions. There are also online groups and resources dedicated to small business education. Surrounding yourself with people who have similar goals will not only help you start but it will keep you motivated. You just have to believe you can do it and you are halfway there.
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