How are you spending your Saturday? We hope you're finding ways to celebrate Charlotte's small business community!
Today's featured #31daysofbiz entrepreneur is Rus Wadia.
Rus’s company, Helping Hands Innovations, LLC (HHI), sells a patented product called the Hangeroo, which is designed to make it easier than ever to hang things like wired picture frames and mirrors onto common picture hooks. Each Hangeroo is assembled by adults with special needs, and a portion of every purchase is donated to InReach, a Charlotte-based non-profit that provides support services to persons with developmental disabilities.
Keep reading to learn more about Rus Wadia!
CBRbiz.com: Which local resources have helped you the most?
Rus Wadia: Queen City Forward’s Impact3 Program for entrepreneurs, which I attended in 2015, gave us the opportunity to connect with mentors who went above and beyond to help us succeed. Many of them are listed on the Our Guiding Lights page on our website. Jim Wilkerson, owner of Blackhawk Hardware, was the first to carry our product and has been very generous with his time and advice as our mentor. Don Fisher and Ben Pelton, certified mentors at SCORE, have been helpful as well.
CBRbiz.com: Which personal habits do you think have contributed to your success?
Rus Wadia: Patience, persistence, fiscal responsibility, inclusiveness, willingness to listen and learn, and commitment to a higher purpose. Respecting others and their perspectives, as well as being true to one’s mission and doing the right thing in the face of business expediency are also key ingredients to success. Frequently challenging the status quo, in a positive way, is another good habit.
CBRbiz.com: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done as an entrepreneur?
Rus Wadia: After a 30-year career with one of the 10 largest banks in the world, simply being an entrepreneur in general seems strange. The people part of it is very familiar as is the financial management part of running a small business. Strange, but exhilarating, is starting and building a sustainable business from scratch – creating from an idea something tangible that meets people’s needs, delivers extraordinary value, creates jobs and contributes to the greater good.
To learn more about Rus Wadia and Hangeroo, visit them online. And find out how Charlotte Business Resources can help your business. And be sure to check us out on Facebook and Instagram every day in May to celebrate Small Business Month all month long!