“Trust the Process”, is a quote Dr. Marquita Blades references often. Not ready to leave the field of education, she started her own business. Creating Dr. Blades Consulting, LLC derived from her vision to increase resources and tools for like-minded educators and those striving to be. Dr. Blades Consulting focuses on improving STEM Education by providing professional development to science teachers. It is one of the nation’s leading trainers for the Next Generation Science Standards. Dr. Blades Consulting also provides publishing services for educators seeking to turn their best practices into educational resources. During her last 3 years in business, Dr. Blades learned and feels that there are 3 things every business owner should know. First, you don’t have to know everything. Second, small consistent action leads to big opportunities. Third, sharing information and helping other business owners does not subtract from your business. Dr. Blades considers herself “nerdy”, and this helps her to be successful. “I love all things organization: planners, pens, office supplies. It may sound crazy, but simply being organized helps me be successful!” Dr. Blades gives back by sharing her best practices with other educators who want to start consulting. She was advised when she was new into the business realm and wants to ensure she is able to be a resource for others as well. “Don’t wait to pursue your dreams”, is the advice she offers to her 20-year-old self. Since starting her business, she has found that the hardest part for her was building her client pipeline. Being an introvert, she doesn’t enjoy networking, so building outside social media has been a struggle. However, by offering complimentary coaching calls & a few complimentary workshops, she has increased her client pipeline. Dr. Blades is doing exactly what she always dreamed of without the “box” of stiff guidelines and requirements. She is working for herself, doing what she loves and that is educating others!-
Dr. Blades does not know how to skate, her secret…shhhh!
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