What does your business do?
Roses Peak Enterprises has devoted its energy to passionately advocating for the hungry, needy and politically under-represented members of our local communities. We travel wherever we're needed to provide toys for children and food for families who might otherwise miss out on a celebration due to lack of funding.
When and why did you start the biz?
I started this company January 2017 because I felt a lot of pain
in my heart for children who are less fortunate. I was watching
my children open up all of their Christmas presents and as I was
discussing the things that my children received to my friends and
family, I realized how fortunate we are. My heart literally broke
when I was told that their children did not receive anything at all because they could not afford to buy them anything that year. I feel that every child deserves to feel the joy of receiving something on Christmas. I have family members with several children and barely any income coming into the home and I have to witness their children's birthday's come and go without a celebration. It isn't because they don't celebrate the holiday but because they can't afford it.
I remember a time when my husband and I were so broke that we had to break the children's piggy bank to count out change to get gas to go to work. That was the year that I felt the pain of a child's broken heart when you have to sit them down and explain to them why the family will have to celebrate the holidays the next week or the next month. I was so excited that I was no longer in that bad place financially that I forgot about all of the families that still suffer. I created this company to be that change and to mend those broken hearts as much as I can with simple gestures of kindness and giving.
How Many People are in your Company?
Where's your office?
I work out of my bedroom from the computer that my husband bought for Christmas. I have a black corner desk that my computer sits on with a dual monitor. I have my vision board in clear view on the desk along with my calendar and pictures of my children. I sit at my desk every day researching and reaching out to community advocates asking that they direct families my way. I am also constantly researching ways to become a sponsor and grow my reach even further.
What's the toughest part of running your biz?
The toughest part of running my company is that I am alone. I do everything myself out-of-pocket. I still have 4 children and a household to run and I am a full-time employee as well. Everything that I do is coming out of my spendable money after I've paid my bills and taken care of my household.
What's the most fun part?
The funnest part of what I do is taking my children out to buy gifts with me. The youngest 3 are a 15 year old girl, 7 year old boy, and a 6 year old girl. I get to get a very diverse idea of what kids in those age ranges like and have already started building up my stock slowly. My goal is to buy at least 1-2 gifts per month for all age ranges up until Christmas so that I can bless a family or two with a wonderful holiday.
Anything you would have done differently?
I would have started sooner. I had to step out of faith and get started now. I refused to allow another year to pass without at least trying to make a difference in any way that I can.
What's next on the horizon for your biz?
The only thing that I am focusing on now is growth. I can visualize my company helping 10-12 families or more per year. I plan to grow the business to a point where I can sponsor a college student per year with $500-$1000 who has a dream of becoming something great in the community.
What advice do you have for others?
To anyone who is struggling with finding themselves and don't know what their purpose is, please just be quiet and listen to your heart. What are you most passionate about? What is that you think about that literally fuels you to the point that you have a burning desire to change it? What can you offer to someone other than yourself? Write it down and look at it everyday. Never lose that vision and never doubt yourself. Never lose faith. Seek guidance from people who are already doing what you want to do and take notes. Be teachable and learn as much as you can. If you are going to do something then, do it! Don't half-step. Give it 110% or don't bother at all. That's my advice to people.
How do you use Idea Cafe to help your biz?
I am able to stay informed on the latest information in the business world and learn from people who have already been where I am now. I can also have access to resources that I wouldn't have thought about originally had I not become apart of this community.
School (where, still in school, degree)?
Associate's Degree in General Studies
Prior jobs or business?
I was in technical support with a major cell phone company and in management in the fast food industry prior to that.
What are your pets' names?
I don't have pets
Is there any one person or event in your life that led
you to go into business for yourself?
My husband inspires me. I see him work two full-time jobs to keep a roof over our heads. He is so dedicated to getting to the next level in his life that he never loses focus. His drive and determination fuels my desire to be great.
Anyone you publicly want to thank?
I want to say hello to my children and thank them for giving me purpose. I want to thank my husband for being my backbone and my biggest fan. They are my why.
2 Pine Breeze Cv. Ste. A
Little Rock, AR 72210