We had the good fortune of connecting with Belinda Bullard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Belinda, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
There are many lessons that being a small business owner can teach you. But I think the most important lesson I have learned is actually two-fold. The first part is that, if you truly believe in the power of your business idea, pour into it with all the passion and determination that you have. Sometimes your idea may be ahead of its time, or the idea might need fine-tuning or a narrower scope to become successful. That said, so many businesses end before they have truly had a chance to get off the ground because of early setbacks that can cause passion to wane. That segues into the second learning: stay the course and be willing to make adjustments as needed to keep the idea alive. Where the idea might begin sometimes has little to do with where it will ultimately go, and not being flexible or adaptable can cost you the many benefits of self-employment along with the pleasure of learning and doing something new and/or different.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources is a leading provider of multicultural history curriculum featuring African-American presence and contribution. We market primarily to homeschool audiences, but also to any family that enjoys literature-based learning. Our curriculum is modeled after the way we have taught our own children American history, including the parallel narratives that are not included in traditional history studies. Perhaps our biggest challenge was that when we began, there was not as much of a market for what we offered. It took time and patience for our business to grow. The climate and readiness for multicultural history is very different now than it was in the early 2000’s.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are beautiful sights to see all over, including the Transco Tower and waterfall, Hermann Park, the Japanese Gardens and the Butterfly Museum. My family has an eclectic palate, so we eat a variety of foods from all over. Pappadeaux’s is excellent for seafood, China Garden makes the best crawfish fried rice, and Kiran’s naan and authentic Indian dishes are to die for. Also, we cannot forget about the Reggae Hut. But honestly, we have a fairly extensive backyard garden, and we live pretty much a farm-to-table lifestyle right here at home unless we just happen to be in town.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A Blessed Heritage would never exist without the support and encouragement of my husband, as well as the efforts of our children. Over the years, we have invested much in materials and supplies, in operating our business, and in speaking across the country. Together, we have truly developed a family business, and I am thankful for their sacrifices in making all of it possible.
Savannah Bullard at Savcalabasas Photography