Topic: Building a Business from the Ground Up, Without Any Prior Business Experience
Bio: Sadie Smith is not your typical business owner. She embarked on her entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 22, armed with nothing but a vision and unwavering determination. Fast forward 14 years, and Sadie is the proud owner of a thriving coffee shop business, having recently expanded to a new location in the heart of our conference’s community.
Not only has Sadie achieved remarkable success in the competitive coffee industry, but she’s consistently been recognized as the ‘Best Coffee Shop’ and ‘Best Home Away From Home’ in her community for several consecutive years. Her ability to build a sense of community and create a warm, welcoming environment for her customers is a testament to her dedication and unique business approach.
Despite graduating from high school nearly a year early, Sadie chose an unconventional path, dropping out of college to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. During her college years, she not only managed to run a single mom support group with valuable resources but also worked at the Women’s Center on campus, demonstrating her passion for supporting other women in their endeavors.
As a former single mom herself, Sadie has faced challenges head-on, raising a special needs teenager and a non-binary child. Her experiences have made her a fierce advocate for single parents, a role model for young entrepreneurs, and a symbol of resilience. She embodies the spirit of ‘fake it ’til you make it,’ showing that being driven by your passion and purpose can take you further than you ever imagined.
At the heart of her journey is the theme of building a business from the ground up, without any prior business experience. Sadie’s story is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when passion, determination, and a commitment to community come together.