Orobosa Owie was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and of Nigerian descent. She is a Forbes Certified Business Coach, Professor of Healthcare Management and Administration, Serial-Entrepreneur, Global Speaker and Humanitarian.
With over a decade of experience in management and community-affairs, Orobosa has built a millennial-driven talent development brand that empowers, equips, and trains entry to senior level professionals from all occupations on how to successfully create and manage their organizations.
She has worked and been endorsed by several high-level ambassadors, executives and esteemed institutions inclusive of New York State Senator Leroy Comrie, the United Nations, Columbia and New York Universities. Orobosa’s mission is to empower professionals through the avenues of entrepreneurship, career development, leadership and advocacy.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business?
I started my business because I am very passionate about helping people achieve their career goals and aspirations. From an early age, I was able to quickly navigate the management ladder and position myself to work in several leadership positions.
After receiving such great success, I knew I wanted to create a business that would allow me to have 100% control of my time and turn my passion into a rewarding purpose.
Tell us about your business.
Millennials In Business is a full-service talent management consulting firm specializing in leadership and talent management development. We create comprehensive solutions that educates, trains, and equips leaders, senior management and professionals to effectively identify their career goals, improve their performance outcomes and create sustainable avenues for revenue generation.
Are you currently running any promos/contests/giveaways that you would like our readers to know about?
In honor of my recent move to Houston, I am offering $150 discount on our premium consulting package.
- Inducted into the Forbes Coaches Council
- Received a Women’s Health Community Service Award by Senator Leroy Comrie
- Recognized as one of the top 40 Rising Professionals by the Young African Professionals-Houston Chapter
Where is your business based?
My business was based in New York but we have recently relocated to Houston, Texas.
What were the first few steps you took to get your business up and running?
First, I wrote a plan which later evolved into a 15-page business plan outlining my business goals and forecasted financial projections. After seeing my vision on paper, I proceeded to turned my business into a legal entity by registering it with my state office.
What has been the most effective way of raising awareness of your business and getting new customers?
Definitely, networking and establishing a social presence online.
What have been your biggest challenges so far?
When I initially launched my business, controlling business costs and expenses was a great challenge. As a business owner, you have a grand vision on how you intend to share your message with the world and you would literally invest all that you have physically, mentally and monetarily to see your vision become a successful reality. However, the reality is, running a business can be financially draining if one does not manage their finances correctly.
How did you overcome these challenges?
I created a budget but most importantly, I started working smarter and not harder. Once I was able to identify several proven business tools and resources to manage my company’s daily administrative tasks, handling the company’s finances became easier.
How do you keep motivated through difficult times?
Through prayer and connecting with my support team. As an entrepreneur, you need to have a strong support team in place. A team of people who you can trust and willing to support you through the good and challenging times. I have been fortunate enough to have a great support team which is inclusive of my closet family members, friends and even professional colleagues.
How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
By being authentic, providing great quality services and superb customer service.
What is the best advice you have received recently?
My father and I are very close and as I was sharing with him my thoughts and reservations about relocating to Houston… he shared the following: “Do not be afraid of the unknown as your destiny is predetermined and designed for you to obtain success… You will win”. His message was just what I needed to move forward in my decision.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Let go of the things you cannot control and trust in the power of You!
Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. Sometimes you will have awesome days and sometimes you will face obstacles. Sometimes you may even experience having great and challenging moments all within the same day. One of the many keys to entrepreneurial success is to always remain focus and push forward in your pursuit to fulfill your passion.
What are your favorite business tools/resources and why?
Google Suite/Products and Asana-A Project Management software are my favorite business tools. I am always on the move and as a result I schedule 95% of my day. Asana and Google products makes communication and being consistently productive easy.
What is a good article or book you have read recently?
“Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.
What are you currently learning about for your business or looking for help with?
Lately, I have been focused on strengthening my company’s branding. Having a great and consistent branding is essential to attracting new clientele and business opportunities.
What are your goals for the next few months and how are you striving to achieve them?
While living and conducting business in NY, I had established a very strong network of professional contacts/relationships that has landed my company so many great opportunities. Now that I am based in Houston, my goal is to establish new contacts and build a stronger network by attending and being featured at various professional events.
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