SPONSOR AND PANELIST, ANNE ALSTON of ALSTNTEC
The MoneyBaltimore Committee asked Anne a few questions. Check out her answers and bio below:
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Question: What is the most important thing a new entrepreneur can do to be successful?
One thing new entrepreneurs need to know is that not only do you need passion, motivation and aspiration, you also need consistency. Consistency is going to help you stay on track and keep you focused on your mission. As a new, small businesses, I found it incredibly helpful to keep track of my goals through persistent time management so I can effectively follow-up on my projects. Being consistent and persistent made sure I had a structure and strategy in which to make new connections; and it allowed me to accomplish what I set out to do faster and more effectively.
Question: What is the best business advice anyone ever gave you?
The best advice someone gave me was that “free is not valued”. What he meant was while there will be times you will offer your services for free; and there is nothing wrong with offering free services, just know that it can translate to ‘no monetary value’. Therefore, put value into everything that you do whether money is attached or not so that people know there is value in your services and products.
Anne Alston is the founder and CEO of ALSTNTEC, an emerging, woman-owned company that “Connects Clients, Industries, and Technologies”. She is a professional Career Coach, Mentor and the author of “Empower Thyself” – A Guide to Improving Personal Health and Professional Growth for Women, and “Career Transition Information Guide – Be Prepared, Bounce Back”.
With more than 25 years of experience, Anne’s extensive background comes with the precision of providing valuable Career Transition, Professional Development, Mentoring, and Empowerment services to the community and businesses.
Anne believes in the power of sharing information. Her mantra “Sharing Your Knowledge Can Change Lives” is what she always strives for everyone to accomplish. Through her workshops and speaking events, Anne continues to promote positive changes to her clients that will last a lifetime.
As an activist for education, her endeavors have yielded opportunities to provide adult and youth career transition workshops and empowerment/mentoring services for the community, private businesses, and educational institutions such as the University of Maryland University College, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland Future Business Leaders Association, and the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education STEMnet program. Watch a video of Anne Speaking.
Anne is the creator of the Business Men and Women of Color Podcast Series, an annual online business networking conference that provides an avenue for aspiring entrepreneurs and authors to network, collaborate and share information to not only education other entrepreneurs and authors but also to inspire career seekers to enter their line of work.