About the Biz
- Company: Speech Therapy Zone, PLLC
- Who we spoke with: Roshonda Epps MS CCC-SLP, CEO/Clinical Director
- Year established: 2016
- Website: Speechtherapyzone.com
- Social: Facebook, Instagram
Get to Know: Speech Therapy Zone, PLLC
Speech Therapy Zone, PLLC, is an award-nominated private practice specializing in family-centered speech and language therapy services. We provide speech and language therapy services to children and young adults. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and families as we offer individualized plans specific to each client. In providing research-based treatments, we strive to empower kids, equip parents, and educate the community one session at a time.
What resource organizations have helped you along the way, and how?
The Small Business Center (SBC) at Central Piedmont was critical when my family and I relocated from Missouri to North Carolina. It was the first place I went to determine how to establish my business in Charlotte. I met with business counselors to learn and develop a sound business plan.
The Women’s Business Center of Charlotte (WBCC) has also been a “game-changer” for Speech Therapy Zone. January 2020, my business was accepted into the inaugural “Game Changers Program” by Wells Fargo. This course is providing a wealth of resources to grow, lead, and manage my private practice. The program provides the tools and resources to assist me in becoming economically self-sufficient, increase financial knowledge, and enhance organizational management skills. This program allows me to look at the business from a broader perspective and challenges me to grow as an entrepreneur.
What business lessons have you learned along the way that you now apply to each new opportunity?
Delegate tasks and don’t try to take on everything at once. As a new entrepreneur, you tend to believe you have to do everything yourself for it to be done right. At one point in my business, I was the CEO, treating therapist, social media manager, and administrator. However, I learned by delegating key tasks to others more skilled allowed me to grow as an effective business owner.
What’s your best advice for someone looking to start their own business?
After researching and determining your ‘why,’ don’t allow fear or negative thoughts to keep you from pursuing your business endeavors. Sometimes we allow a lack of motivation to keep us from starting. When first starting you may become easily discouraged by not knowing the answers to all of your questions or may feel like you’re alone on your journey, however, utilize your resources to network and collaborate with other industry professionals. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there by attending small business conferences and events as a way to connect, learn, and grow.
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