Editor’s Note: This story is part of an ongoing series of essays written by the participants of Invest Local projects. By presenting their stories in their own voices, we hope to build a better understanding of the importance of local investing through the lenses of the entrepreneurs, lenders, and supporters that make it possible.
By Karen Lawrence
I don’t think my business start-up story is unusual.
I was under-financed and overly optimistic in my ability to turn a profit quickly. And even though I was aware that my personal situation coming out from under several years of upheavals, relocation to Virginia, and a new career direction was going to make financing a new business problematic, I took a leap of faith anyway. I felt I could beat the odds.