We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry Keculah Jr. and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Henry, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I could control my own schedule and make difference at the same time. It was never about the money, it was about doing what I love.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We provide enrichment programs and college and career readiness counseling services for school districts and families. Like a kid may want to obtain admissions into Harvard University and Prairie View A&M University, we will assist him with the process and make sure he maximizes his chances of obtaining scholarship funding. We have a secret formula that allows students in our program to have a good chance of being admitted into the school of their choice and winning scholarships. I graduated the bottom 85% of my class and was still admitted to the University of Texas at Austin where you had to be in the top 10% at the time to be admitted. Another thing that separates us is our level of creativity. We have new book called “What Is College?” that is sold on Amazon and Wal-Mart. The book has a video game app that goes alone with it called “What is College”?. Purchase your copy today on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/What-College-Readiness-Elementary-Students/dp/B08C97X4NP Innovation is a big focus in my company, we want students to learn fun concepts in a creative engaging way. I get excited everytime I create content and write books. It’s fun to see kids read books and say they it with a smile on their face. I get the chance to be unorthodox. I got to where I am today because I do not make excuses and I am competitor. I don’t like to lose and I am determined. I didn’t discover how competitive I was until we started doing those FItbit steps challenges at the work place. I would go to La Fitness everyday for two hours minimum to make sure I did not lose. I got ahead so much other people got discourage. It was not easy, you just can’t give up. I still feel like I have a lot of room for improvement. I am never satisfied, I want to get better every second, minute, hour and day. I just overcame challenges by continous personal development. You have to invest in yourself. I used to love professional development as a teaher, you had the chance to travel and eat some great food with a stipend. As a entrepernur personal development could lead to a increase in revenue, more free time and mentorship. The lessons I have learned, is make sure you have a good attorney on yourside. I remember how my company posted all of the logos of companies we worked on our homepage. One day I got received an email from that charter school asking did we have consent from them to post their logo. We took it down, and they never did business with us again. S/O to my attorney Bolaji Okunnu, ESQ one time. Secondly I learned the importance of building good business credit, I never took loans and coverd all payroll out of pocket. I discovered business credit could cover payroll and provided you with additoinal funding. What do you want the world to know about you: I want to buy an NFL team!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to LA Fisherman, I love seafood. I would my mask on as I leave and head home. When I get home I will start working. I love working and being in the comfort of my home, especially with COVID-19. My favorite place to be in Houston is Alief, that is where I grew up.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I would like to give the first shoutout to God, without him I am nothing. Shoutout to my parents, without there is no me I grateful for my mom with providing me with my why. She is the reason I keep going and showed me I cannot make any excuses. When you have the mindset as an entrepreneur that excuses do not exist, there is no limit to your success. I owe a lot of credit to Audible. I have over 70 books in my Audible library. I remember the last job I had, I used to plug up my work headphones to my I phone so I could listen to books. I listened to “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle and started my business the following week. Shoutout to Don Katz the CEO of Audible. If you are reading this Don, Audible needs to sponsor me, my stats on the app are crazy. I am grateful to my high school teacher Mr. Chee, and former debate coach. He brought me more customers than the Lizard brought Geico. I may be exaggerating a little bit, he has been a big help in the growth of my company. Shout to the city of Houston and Capital One for provided me with a grant to start my business when I won first place in the Lift Off Houston competition. Shoutout to Cricket Wireless, Wework, Sales Force, Texas Black Expo, Startup Nest and any other company that provided my company with funding. A special shoutout to everyone that ever invested any time in my growth. and development, I am nothing without you. Shoutout to these great entrepreneurs I learn so much from them and they inspire to go hard, Billyssia Pierce, Marcus Bowers, Dwayne Carter, Adolph Thornton Jr. and everything do it for the culture.

Website: www.keculah.com
Instagram: @henrykeculahjr
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hkeculah/
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