We had the good fortune of connecting with Hillary Washington and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hillary, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting Parish Vending was to create a source of passive income. There are numerous different avenues to produce passive income, but I wanted to focus on providing a product that is a day to day necessity. What better necessity is there than food and beverages?

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?
Parish Vending provides vending machines to business in the Houston area. Our goal is to have readily available snacks and beverages for customers, employees, tenants, students, etc.

I am really proud of that fact that I was able to take a small idea that popped into my head and actually bring it to fruition.

I am constantly learning new business tactics, whether that is talking to friends who are entrepreneurs or researching on my own. There is so much to learn, but I have a lot of resources to pull from which is extremely helpful.

The most difficult part has been getting out of my comfort zone when it comes to cold calling and proposing to businesses. This is all very new to me and has been a huge learning curve. The worse that they can say is no and once you get that through you’re head then it is smooth sailing from there.

The biggest lesson that I’ve learned along the way is to keep pushing. You will run across speed bumps but it is nothing that you cant handle. Keep your goal and mind and keep striving for it.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Every first time visit needs to go to The Breakfast Klub. We would go there for brunch. Depending on the season we would try to catch a game whether thats the Astros, Rockets or the Texans (even though I’m a Saints fan). If there wasn’t a game that day we would go to Hermann Park. Following that we would bar hop and stop to a few of Houston’s iconic breweries. Next we would grab dinner and then enjoy Houston’s nightlife.

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?
I want to thank my mom, dad, and brother for all of the love, support, and assistance that they’ve provided throughout this whole process! Whether it was them being there to help me initially place and stock the machines or bouncing company names around, they’ve been there for me through thick and thin.

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