We had the good fortune of connecting with Shammrie Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shammrie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After graduating from college, I worked in the non-profit sector for a decade. While working for other organizations, I always thought about how it was operating and how leadership treated staff. I had a deep desire to lead and worked hard to be promoted to make a greater difference within the organizations I was employed at.
After my last position in senior leadership, I realized I was ready to start my own company because I started to dream of doing things the company wasn’t doing and I couldn’t implement my vision within their established vision. I was aware of my talents and gifts and wanted to use them to execute the mission of a company I created. Also, I wanted control over the way my vision was operated and how the people who worked for me were treated.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Good Servants Enterprises LLC is a Christian company that provides professional life coaching and consulting to non-profit organizations and ministries. My services are primarily for individuals who are in the startup phase of their non-profit organizations and ministries.
I specialize in outreach initiatives, community relations, servant leadership and strategic partnerships. My goal is to help clients understand the servant leadership model , develop services and programs that meet the needs of their community locally and globally, and seek partnerships to amplify their mission. I do this by providing a strategy I created and best practices that I have researched.
I believe a non-profit organization or ministry will thrive when the leader is developed and understands their mission and vision.
I started this business to help give non-profits and ministries more structure and focus. When I started my business, I didn’t know how to communicate what I offered. It took working with people and seeing how my work impacted their organization and ministry to know what I was capable of doing. As I helped more people, I was able to define what I do more clearly.
My goal is to keep serving my clients by giving the best coaching and consulting.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m 15-20 minutes west of downtown Chicago, IL, so we will go downtown to grab coffee and a pastry from the world largest Starbucks Reserve Roastery for breakfast. After, we would go for a walk at iconic Navy Pier and look out at Lake Michigan and Chicago’s skyscraper buildings, I love sweets, so we will stop by Brown Sugar Bakery to grab a cupcake. For lunch we will travel south to Hyde Park and grab food from Soul Shack a local black-owned soul food restaurant. After that we can visit the local shops over there. For dinner, we will head back downtown to eat at the Grand Lux Cafe and eat them fresh chocolate chip cookies for dessert.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have to thank my wife, Imani Brown for supporting me by listening to my vision and encouraging me to pursue it. I would like to thank my mentor and friend Dr. Karen Ratliff (www.itsdrkaren.com) for helping me develop my strategy. Also, my friend and confidant Pastor Theodore Matthews (www.theodorematthews.com) for listening to me share my insecurities and concerns and praying for me and encouraging me. Lastly, I have to shout out my amazing lawyer friend Alexis Hart-McDowell (www.enterpriseesquire.com). She has given me legal counsel on my business structure and tax status.