B. Ayesha's Phenomenal Allies Feature: Breaking the Cycle Consulting, Inc.

Hey Guys & Dolls!! I'm so excited to present this week's feature on B. Ayesha's Phenomenal Allies! I'm a big supporter of small business owners. What better way to show my support than by featuring them and helping to get their name out, right? This week's entrepreneur is a bit different from our usual fashion/style/beauty business owners. However, it something that I admire and I hope you guys will as well. Here's another week of awesomeness! 

I'm pleased to introduce to you Laurie Reed, Founder of Breaking the Cycle Consulting, Inc.!

B. Ayesha: What is your name?
Laurie: Laurie A. Reid

B. Ayesha: What is the name of your business? 
LaurieBreaking the Cycle Consulting, Inc.

B. Ayesha: How long have you been in business (anniversary)?
LaurieEstablished July 2010

B. Ayesha: How did you get started in this business?
Laurie: Serving in the United States Navy, I was one of the first females to deploy on an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf following the Desert Shield and Storm campaigns. After my service to my country, I earned a B.S. degree with a major in sociology, and an M.S. degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition, I am a Certified Life Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
I have a passion for working with families even since I started working in the Teen Ministry in my early twenties. And twenty years later, I still have that passion.  

As a president of a service connected disabled woman veteran small business, Breaking the Cycle Consulting Inc., I am able to continue my passion.  Breaking the Cycle addresses issues of uncontrollable anger, abuse and violence for adolescents charged with domestic violence or battery.  The silent suffering of parents or caregivers abused by their adolescent is a serious and often hidden issue within families.  Child to Parent Violence is a complex and public health problem requiring a different approach than traditional domestic violence models.  

B. Ayesha: What are the biggest issues for running this type of business? 
Laurie: The biggest issues effecting all small businesses are as follows:
1. Funding
Especially if your business have a tangible product but is a service.  Tracking down the mighty dollar without compromising on your mission and value can be tricky.  
2. Branding 
The common mistake is thinking that all you need is a website, business cards and away you go.  It takes strategy and time. 
3. Lack or limited information
The topic of Child to Parent violence isn't a sexy subject; however the impact is highly relevant to the families affected by this type of domestic violence. 

B. Ayesha: Running your own business can become overwhelming at times. What motivates you to keep going?
Laurie: The success stories from the families who have attended Breaking the Cycle Family Program, the parents are empowered through our Parent Coaching and the relationship healed through our caring and non-judgmental approach. 

B. Ayesha: What is the future for this type of business?
Laurie: Developing and implementing a national community based program addressing teen aggression within the home.  Spotlighting the topic of Child to Parent Violence to the major influencers to fund programs such as Breaking the Cycle Family Program.

B. Ayesha: What advice would you give other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Laurie: Find a mentor to guide you, surround yourself with like minded individuals like those I've met at V-Wise and dig deep cause it gets scary sometimes.

If you would like to delve more into the fabulousness that is Laurie and Breaking the Cycle Consulting, Inc., you can find out more on these social mediums: Facebook, Twitter, Website! You can also call (954) 299-9926 for additional information.

So what do you guys think? Too Much Info? Any additional questions? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for tuning in!! See you next time!

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