I am very excited to be working on my very first venture: Azlinah. Azlinah will be a revolutionary digital solutions company where we novelly showcase products, people and places in their best light.
Our signature solution the 360° tour will make it easier for New and Used vehicle buyers to find the right vehicle they are shopping for.
Who am I?
Stephen's work can be categorized by two paths, his non-profit and for profit work. In the non-profit sector Stephen has devoted considerable time as a mentor to up and coming high performers, volunteer at the St. Cloud Penitentiary and member of the board of trustees at his local church. In the for-profit arena Stephen has worked passionately in the highly competitive retail automotive industry. Stephen's top 5 themes according to Strength Finder 2.0 are Restorative, Individualization, Intellection, Discipline and Futuristic. When he is not working you can find Stephen at a local cafe enjoying a good book or listening to jazz music.
By donating, you are supporting my life's calling to build organizations that change people and communities. My mission is to use my for-profit success to do a great deal of good. At the end of every year as an organization we will choose social causes to donate to and volunteer with to make real and meaningful change.
African American's and Entrepreneurship
There's another big reason you should donate. Think about how many African American business owners you know (preacher's don't count). When I grew up the only occupation I saw influential African American men working in was education. Naturally, when it came time for me to pick a career I wanted to be a teacher, entrepreneurship wasn't even on the radar. I want to change this. I want to be a model for children growing up in my community that being a business leader is a viable option.
I am blessed to have the most amazing partner and co-founder Kylee Leonetti. She and her husband Christian have devoted their time, energy and award winning talents to help launch Azlinah's signature solution.
Now I need your help to build the foundation of our brand! Our goal is to raise $5,000. We will use the funds for the following:
- Programming fees: Having a winning website is critical for us to efficaciously market our products (especially for a digital solutions company). Developing IP is vital to our value proposition and internal processes.
- Branding Materials: Sales sheets, business suite materials, and printing costs will help us pitch.
- Production costs: While we endeavor to utilize the services of interns whenever possible our product however is very labor intensive.
If we raise more than the requested $5,000 we will be able to:
- If we raise $6,000: We will be able to purchase trade show equipment to market our solutions to early adopter's in the marketplace.
- If we raise anything beyond $7,000 we will be able to purchase equipment and reduce our reliance on low interest loans.
I pledge to remember each Angel donor in substantial ways in the future. I will never forget your sacrifice and trust.
Our Alpha launch is scheduled for April 3! At that time we can prove our concept and begin to market our solution to prospective clients. As Angel donors you will receive periodic updates from me sharing milestones and successes.
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