We had the good fortune of connecting with Cherae Crump and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cherae, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Honestly, I never thought about or seen myself being a business owner. I know for some people, they always knew since they was a little kid that one day they was going to start their own business, but that definitely was not me. I always just thought to myself “if I get a decent paying job where I can be financially stable and have weekends off, then I’ll be good”. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with that, but there came a point and time in my life where I began to want more. My whole entire life I‘ve had a scarcity mindset and only strived for average or the bare minimum. We’re taught to go to school, get a degree, then get a decent paying job with benefits and work there until you retire. It’s a system that has been instilled in our minds since we were kids, so that’s the path that I thought I had to follow in order to be “successful”. However, that’s not true. The shifting moment in my life was when I started growing closer to God and started working on self development. In those times was when the desire for more became so strong and at that moment, I decided that I didn’t want to limit myself no longer. I didn’t want to settle for just average, I wanted extraordinary. I didn’t just want financial stability, I wanted financial freedom. I didn’t want to work for someone for the rest of my life, I wanted to be my own boss. And I definitely didn’t want to keep going to a place that I hated every single day, but instead, I wanted to enjoy what I did and just live and love life. So, the more I grew, the more my faith began to increase and I started to expose myself to different, and that’s when I decided to take a leap of faith. It was a scary process, and still is til this day, but in order to grow, you have to become uncomfortable. And there’s been plenty of times where I wanted to retreat and go back to my comfort zone, but I had to remember my “why” and that would always push me to keep going. And for me, I don’t rely on myself, but I try to exercise my faith every single day and trust and depend on God throughout it all.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I have a small event venue called Valor Venue, located in Southeast Houston that is perfect for smaller more intimate events. Our space is 1565 sq ft and can fit up to 60 people seated and 80 people standing. We host events like baby showers, birthday parties, wedding receptions, book signings, pop-up shops, seminars, networking events, art shows, photoshoots, dance/fitness classes, movie screenings, and more. Our goal and purpose is to not only provide our customers with the perfect space to create their most memorable events, but to provide them with the most memorable experience through our services. As I mentioned before, the more I grew in faith and the more I developed myself as a woman, I began to want more and decided that I would no longer limit myself and settle for mediocrity. Becoming a business owner is definitely not an easy process whatsoever and requires a lot of hard work, dedication, discipline, and patience. There are a lot of challenges that you will come across, especially when trying to build a business from the ground up, but in my opinion, it’s all worth it. What helped me when facing challenges was to remember my “why”, as I mentioned before. Keeping that in the forefront of my mind always helped me to push pass those moments when I felt like giving up. Also, surrounding myself with likeminded people played a huge role in my journey. Having a community of people to uplift you, encourage you, help you, and support you is vital. I also would advise everyone to get a mentor. Having someone to lead you, guide you, and that sets an example for you to follow will save you a lot of time and prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes. And lastly, which would have to be my most important, is to TRUST GOD. I can’t stress that enough. Trust God and trust the process.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m not the best person to answer that question because I don’t get out a lot lol. But some of the places that I do like to visit and would probably take them to would be the address or prospect, if they wanted just a chill vibe and wanted to hang out, listen to some good music over some good food and a couple of drinks or if they wanted something a little more sophisticated, we could check out one of the many museums. If they wanted more of like an outside type of setting, I would take them to the Houston zoo or rent out of couple bikes and take a ride by the Buffalo Bayou and around Discovery Green, or if they wanted something a little more adventurous or fun, then we could go kayaking, drive some go-carts or ATV’s, or hit the beach. If they was looking for some good food, I would definitely take them to Turkey Leg Hut, Phil & Derek’s, Taste, the Breakfast Klub or Black Walnut Cafe to name a few. And for a night scene, we could check out a good concert or some type of show, hit up a karaoke night, or some type of bar, Houston always got something going on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
When I think of the people that have played a major role in helping me in my journey, there’s a few people that come to mind. The first person I would like to recognize would be Pastor Mike Todd. He was the one that really helped build the foundation of faith in my life. I always knew and was taught to have faith, but the way he preaches is in a way that it so clear and applicable. So when I would listen to him, he really helped build my faith, gave me the steps on how to, and just really shifted my perspective and sparked the desire for me in wanting more and helped me to believe that I actually could have more. The second person, or people, that I would like to recognize would be my parents. Both of my parents started their own businesses when they were younger so when I was in the process of starting mine, I was able to go to them for advice and they were very supportive and encouraging in the process. And even seeing them build their businesses from the ground up and seeing what they had to go through, gave me hope that I could do it as well. The third person that I would like to recognize would be my good friend, Justin Williams. He was very supportive and encouraging throughout the whole process and really believed in me, before I really even believed in myself. He also was a big dreamer so through that, he taught me and helped me not to limit my thinking and to think and dream bigger. And the last person I would like to recognize would be my mentor, Nehemiah Davis. He has poured so much knowledge into me and has shared a lot of tools and gems on being successful. He taught me the importance of mindset and how your thoughts become reality. He’s been an entrepreneur for over 14 years, so the example that he sets through his words and through his life, has played a huge role in my journey and I’m thankful and so grateful for each and every one of these individuals.