Eight years ago I was laid off from my job.
The country was in the middle of a recession, and the government
After 2 months of trying to get a job without any luck, I
began to feel that I would never get one. So I did what most do in
that situation, I started a business.
And I have to admit, I had the right contacts in place that
for the first 5 or 6 months things went really well.
...and then the money dried up.
I didn't have a plan in place to get new business. Hell, I
didn't know how to get new business.
In all honesty I didn't quite understand what it was I did
exactly...and neither did anyone else.
I created and organized events and raised money via sponsorship to
pay for them.
I would analyze the health of non-profits and small businesses and
create strategic plans for them.
I would do freelance work raising money for organizations.
I built websites.
I was hired to do some political consulting on a few
I updated resumes and built out LinkedIn pages.
As you can see, I was all over the place. My single goal was to
keep the lights on, and at times, even that was a struggle.
...but I survived, and sometimes even thrived.
Fast forward to 2013 and I have this brilliant idea and decide I
would create this awesome new product and launch it to the
After quite a few stumbles and some major successes, I was
able to exit that company in the black.
I have gone on to coach hundreds of entrepreneurs, raise over
$1M for their products and services, launch Founders Brunch, a
bi-annual brunch where founders come from all over the country to
fellowship around entrepreneurship, and become a start up mentor
for the State of Florida.
I've also launched a new program to help inventors build and
launch their products.
...and sometimes I write the occasional engaging article for The
To find out more about what I do and to access some free
resources, you can visit my website at www.donteaciaseymore.com