Shanel Poole, CEO/Founder of GLAM Inc. and Shanel Poole, LLC. Consulting
Regularly, we interview a successful SOURCE RW client to ask how SOURCE RW has impacted their business. This month, we feature Shanel Poole, CEO/Founder of both GLAM Inc. and Shanel Poole, LLC. Consulting.
What services have you utilized at SOURCE RW and how have you benefitted?
I have been working with SOURCE RW over the last several months in refining my business ideas. During this time, I’ve also utilized business coaching, am currently participating in the Business Owners Series - Kauffman and have looked into the Venture Fund.
What made you interested in business ownership?
I believe that God has called me to serve in a unique capacity as a social and business entrepreneur and this is how I serve. I also believe that God will always provide when you’re fulfilling your purpose here on earth.
What have you enjoyed most about business ownership?
I enjoy the opportunity to invest in myself. It is powerful to take your dreams, talents, skills and develop a business. It is even more rewarding to work for yourself and see the fruits of your labor. Being a business owner has helped me to know myself, my worth, and through that discovery God has allowed me to see my purpose. I love being my own boss and holding myself accountable. It truly develops character and leadership skills in the most profound ways.
What have you enjoyed least about business ownership?
What I have enjoyed the least about being a business owner are those beginning growing pains, the patience that is required, the discouragement you get from others as you’re trying to launch your business, and the lack of support from those you think you need the most. And last but not least, its hard work and that hard work and commitment is something that comes from within, so I have to remind myself constantly that I am fulfilling my purpose.
Was there ever a point when you wanted to quit?
There have been numerous times that I have wanted to quit. Often, it’s when I have felt that I didn’t have the support of people believing in my vison. I have overcome those times by reminding myself of the “why.” God has called me and I will serve.
Was there ever a point when you realized you had “made it”?
It was a matter of time. On March 28, 2018, I celebrated my 10 year anniversary. I am thankful for the ongoing support from my mentors, supporters and advisors including Angela Espada, Dr. Gene Crume, and Dr. Khaula Murtadha.
If you could tell aspiring business just one thing before their journey – that you had wished you had known prior to starting your journey – what would that be?
You don’t need validation from anyone, just stay the course, trust the process and never be afraid to invest in you. It’s the best investment you could ever make!