Know you..

For my SME interview, I interview Rebecca Tippett. Becca has been marketing for a property management company (Rocky Creek Investments) for the past 20 years. Since its inception, she has been with the company and now handles things like a champ. Little back story, Becca was a stay-at-home mom of 4. This was a full-time job, but she needed more. Several friends and family came together to start a property investment team, and Becca was in charge of the marketing. Since she was the only one without a full-time job and had a business degree from UGA. On top of managing properties, Becca went back to school recently to become a CPA. She has been working part-time for a local non-profit in her area as a CPA.

The non-profit she works for helps small businesses with a start-up. I asked her some of the most important things to know when it came to funding for a small business. She listed these as her top 3 things:

  1. Know how much funding you need.
  2. Know your business plan inside and out.
  3. Ensure that you have done the leg work leading up to finding financing.

After talking with Becca about funding, I gave her my business plan. She was confused at first because she had never seen one for a school before. After that, she went through it page by page. There were several items that she suggested I change. We talked a lot about grants and some of the programs I run. Overall she was pleased with my work.

Becca was full of knowledge, and it was great getting to talk to her. I like to take what I talk about in these interviews and share it with my students. It’s great to get them thinking in the right direction.

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