Honorable and Meaningful Work ft. Kathy Brooks

Business Builder Way Ft. Kathy Brooks

Today on The Business Builder Way we have a conversation with Kathy Brooks of 2nd Story Goods, based in Haiti and the U.S. In today's episode, we have a special feature on "Honorable and Meaningful Work" with the remarkable Kathy Brooks. We'll delve into Kathy's inspiring journey of founding Second Story Goods, a company dedicated to creating jobs and supporting small businesses in Haiti. Throughout our conversation, we'll explore the challenges and triumphs of building a business in a developing economy, delving into Kathy's personal experiences and her mission to empower local artisans and communities. From navigating administrative hurdles to the impact of social unrest on sales, we'll uncover the strategies and resilience behind building a sustainable and impactful business. Join us as we uncover the incredible stories and insights that define the Business Builder Way.

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Kathy Brooks

Kathy Brooks is an artist, writer, social entrepreneur, and ally in the movement for justice. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia she spent a good portion of her adult life working with people in the margins of society, in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Kathy is the author of the book Painfully Honest, The tale of a recovering helper. Her writing is filled with painfully honest stories taken from her personal journey moving from a savior mentality to doing the work that builds up leaders, interdependence and lasting community development.

For 10 years she and her husband lived on the Island of Hispaniola in the beautiful country of Haiti. Here she learned the importance of changing the question from What do you Need, to What do you Have? She learned to see marginalized people as the ones carrying the solutions. She founded 2nd Story Goods, learning to listen more and look deeper. Genetically she comes from a long line of artists and creative types. Teaching her own six kids to write reignited the joy of writing and she has been doing it ever since.




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To say that I get it is an understatement. I have lived and worked through the good times and bad as a business owner, husband, parent and provider.

I grew up with strong role models who had entrepreneurship running through their blood. I learned from them - the good and the bad. But all of that didn’t stop me from making my own set of mistakes. I still had to make and learn from my own, sometimes catastrophic, errors of judgement.

Now, I am building a business just like you. I am proud of the growth I’ve accomplished within myself and my business. I also know that my growth is a journey, not a destination and that I need mentors, team members, coaches, and trusted friends to help me stay the course.

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