The Small Business Movement (Week 6&7)

There’s a weariness in my spirit as I write this. I’m starting to wonder if I can do this. I don’t doubt that the system will work, but there’s a critical piece missing from my formula. That missing piece is money. How do I solve for “x” and can I do it in a timely manner? By timely, I mean immediately.

At this point in time, I’m having to draw on all of my previous training, such as, “worry is wasted energy.” “Don’t focus on the problem, focus on the solution.” “Everything you need already exists within the universe, you just have to tap into it.” I still believe in these words, yet the consistency of bills moving through my bank account makes it rather difficult to maintain.

One day I’m driving home from the grocery store and I’m reminded by my inner self that my role in this is to do the work. I can till the soil, plant the seeds and apply water, but I don’t control the sun; that is the role of the universe. To which I sarcastically replied, “I’m doing the work. The universe needs to get its shit together! I inwardly laughed a little bit, but I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t my true sentiments at the time. 

One of my gorilla marketing strategies was my YouTube channel that’s linked to GaltUniversity.org. On this channel, I interview industry professionals as a way to bring education to business owners and professionals. While it is part of the marketing strategy, I do believe in business education. It’s something that I enjoy. This allowed me to do somethingI enjoy whilst building brand awareness. 

The next person I was set to interview worked for a company that had a foundation. The foundation had funds that the IRS said they needed to disperse by the end of the year, 2022. It thought this might be fate as they had funds they needed to disperse and I needed funds to help carry out the mission. He told me to apply and I did so post haste. I’m a firm believer in moving quickly when opportunities arise.

I applied for the grant. The information they requested was so simplistic that it almost seemed sketchy. I knew it was a reputable company, so I proceeded with the process. A couple days went by and I hadn’t heard anything from the foundation. I decided to reach out, and received a response that my application was currently in review. “That sounded promising,” I thought. 

The next day, I received a message from the foundation that stated, “After board review, we have declined your request at this time. Among the applications we have come in, we review them for those that fit most closely to the mission of the foundation and work to make those selections and donations appropriately.” The weird thing is that after reading this, I wasn’t heart broken. Things are rarely easy for me, but I was curious as to the decision.

Yesterday’s version of myself would’ve just accepted the answer and went on my way. However, the reason for the rejection seemed very vague, so I wanted more information. I wrote back and inquired as to why my business was viewed as being in alignment with the mission of the foundation. The fund was to support small businesses. My business supports small businesses. I wanted to understand the criteria as well as what information they used to make the determination.

As I mentioned before, the application didn’t give or require much information. I’m thinking, “Was it something on my website that perhaps they misunderstood?” I don’t like to think this way, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t wonder if race played a part in their decision. Maybe the looked at our website and saw an African American male was president and instantly decided to decline my request. After all, the area where the foundation is located tends to lean hard right. As I said, I hate to think about it, but I’m a realist and realize that such things do happen.

I asked for clarity as to how Galt Business Solutions wasn’t in alignment, but received another vague statement that read, “We don’t approve all applications. We choose the ones that are more in alignment.” I wanted something more specific, so I asked, what do you mean by alignment? Is it brick and mortar, location or time in business? I figured there had to be some specific criteria. You can probably guess what happened next. I was ghosted! I apparently had maxed out my questions.

I reached out to the gentlemen who’d given me the information. I knew that he didn’t work directly with the foundation, but thought he might have some pull. Nothing has come of it yet, but I’m done pressing the issue. Again, my role is to do the work. I did the work. Come on Universe! 

I thought for sure this might be my break, but as it stands right now, that’s not the case. I still need to solve for “x” and I’m a bit lost as to how I’m going to do that at the moment. Therefore, I revert back to what I can do. I continue to create content. I’m writing, making videos, posting when and where it makes sense. I reach out to business owners, promoting our product and upcoming events. I continue to do the work!

I’m also looking for work that will allow me to continue my mission with Galt. I can teach business and leadership classes to supplement my income. The challenge with that is that it’s something else that I’ll need to promote as I’ve been out of the loop with that sort of work since the Covid Era began. My concern is that the income from it might be a bit later than I need.

I can do accounting again and be back to work within a week or two. That would solve for “x”, but I’d then have to solve for a,b and c as I wouldn’t have much time to work on Galt at all. A friend of mine works for a company that does corporate training and said that they have roles that would allow me the time to do what I love, which is teaching, and be able to continue to build Galt at the same time. I’m certainly interested in that. I’ve started the process, so we’ll see how it goes.

On Friday, I met with my brother, who’s been working on his own tech. He told me that he’d been accepted into a Cohort that would provide him with a bit of funding as well as help to get his business ready to obtain funding from VCs. I was excited for him as I love to see others making progress, especially when it’s someone I know has been in the trenches working hard for it. 

He suggested that I reach out to them to see if I can get in as well. Without hesitation, I reached out also. I figured the sooner I get my name on the list, the better my chances. I’m now waiting to hear back on a couple possibilities. 

By this time in the week, my brain was exhausted from constant exploration. My wife told me that I should unplug for a little while, before she left town on Thursday. My brother seconded her sentiments. I decided to take some down time. I went down by the river, which is my sanctuary and let it all go, even if only for a little while. By the time I left, my vision was reaffirmed and I was ready to move forward.

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