Build Basics is where I called myself an entrepreneur for the very first time
I didn't grow up wanting to own a business. I only knew that I had to leave my corporate job because it was harming my spirit and that my next job - the SheHive - didn't exist yet. So I had to build it.
Trust me, had any one of you started this thing first, I'd be working for you.
I had no clue how to start a business, much less sustain one. Finances, licensing, business plans - rules in general - scare the hell out of me. I had passion, but not much else.
So I turned to the Build Institute in southwest Detroit, a small nonprofit run by entrepreneurs to help want-to-be entrepreneurs vet and launch their business ideas.
Their eight-week Build Basics course helped me develop the SheHive's first business plan and get the initial pieces in place to launch my dream. More importantly it introduced me to a vast support network of others who had done/were doing the same. At one point and time, nearly a quarter of the SheHive KeyHolders were Build Institute alumnae.
After finishing Build Basics, I became so passionate about entrepreneurism as an equalizer for women that I joined the team at Build - first developing training for their facilitators and later as a facilitator when they expanded their offerings to Ferndale. This Fall marks my third time teaching their eight-week business planning course in Ferndale and I'm thrilled to share that we'll be hosting it at the SheHive on Wednesday nights starting in October.
If you are a Ferndale resident or are considering launching a Ferndale-based business and are looking for help vetting your idea and/or developing your initial business plan, please join us! Visit http://buildinstitute.org/ferndale/ to register now online.
Over the course of eight weeks you'll meet with subject matter experts in finance, marketing and licensing while you build out your own business plan. Class fees are calculated on a sliding-scale, making the series affordable to most. And even though we are hosting at the SheHive, this is one of those times we welcome He-Hivers into the mix too! Please share this information with the men in your life looking to launch their small business.
With much love and gratitude,
Ursula Adams, MSPOD
SheHive Founder, Leadership Coach, Entrepreneur
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Craziest thing on your Ultimate Life List?
Speak in front of THOUSANDS of people!
Best piece of advice you ever received?
Measure your success by your Return on Heartbeats. Spend them wisely.
What brought you to the SheHive? And what keeps you here?
Ursula and the women in the Midday Masterminds group.
How do you want to be remembered?
The one who created her own world and taught others that magic.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and SheHive founding member, Amanda Crowell Itiliong, is one of those ladies you know who has it. She balances her time being sick, helping with the community, and speaking about cancer and wants the SheHive community to be as educated about this issue as we can be!
While most types of cancer have seen dramatic improvements in treatment and lower mortality rates, ovarian cancer hasn’t seen much improvement in the past 30 years for a few primary reasons. Even if you are getting regular, annual gynecological exams and pap smears, you are not being tested for ovarian cancer. It might sound unbelievable in modern times, but there is no diagnostic test for ovarian cancer. That’s why you have to know the symptoms for yourself and follow-up if you have any of them.
Ovarian Cancer can be tricky because the symptoms are often pushed aside. Symptoms can sometimes be subtle, or they can seem like something else is the problem. We hear from women all the time that they thought it was a problem related to menopause or a bladder, stomach or intestinal issue. Another challenge is probably the result of how many of us were socialized when we were younger. We’ve been trained that complaining is rude and so anything that isn’t dramatic, we tend to try to ignore or at least keep to ourselves.
Amanda wishes she had known the symptoms myself before she was diagnosed, she also wishes that she had told others in my life about what she was feeling. Maybe someone who loves her would have encouraged her to go see a gynecologist and follow up if they heard what was going on with her. Early diagnosis is what gives a woman the best chance of living a long and healthy life after ovarian cancer.
In case you need it, Amanda - and all of your SheHive tribe - is officially giving you permission to complain because it can save your life!
If you notice one or more of the following symptoms that is new or unusual for you for 12 or more days out of a month, don’t panic!, but make an appointment with your gynecologist to follow up.
Ovarian Cancer Symptoms
While it typically affects older women, even young girls and young women can be affected. Amanda was first diagnosed at age 29. Even if you don’t have ovaries (such as after a total hysterectomy) you can, unfortunately, still get ovarian cancer. It’s called Primary Peritoneal Cancer and the treatment and prognosis is much the same as the most common form of Ovarian Cancer. About 20 - 25% of women with had a hereditary connection to the disease from genetic mutations such as BRCA1, BRCA2 or Lynch Syndrome, or from a close family history. Most cases of ovarian cancer however are just the result of an unlucky random gene mutation.
Ovarian cancer can happen to anyone who was born with ovaries and it's never anyone’s fault if they get sick!
Unfortunately, recurrence of ovarian cancer is the norm. About 80% of women who go into remission following initial treatment experience a recurrence of the disease.
Our best tool to save lives is early diagnosis!
For more information, to support ovarian cancer research, or to help women like Amanda who are living with ovarian cancer, please visit http://mioca.org or https://ocrfa.org.