March: Finding Entrepreneurial Freedom with Anna Goodson
Caught the start-up bug? Breaking out on your own? Looking for a way to secure your career, freedom and a healthy dose of fun in every work day? Back in the 90′s Anna Goodson felt the same, and realized that the only way to truly achieve all three was to start her own business.
With little money and no collateral, the banks turned her down for a small business loan, even suggesting that she come back with her father to sign for her. Anna refused, determined to set out on her own. With no formal education, she quickly learned the “do’s” and “don’ts” of launching and running a business the old fashion way: by doing it. Years later success brought sweet revenge, as she rubs elbows with the upper echelons of the very banks that turned her down.
Fresh off her inspiring talk at Startup Weekend, come hear Anna’s advice on how you can get your business off the ground and flying high!
Anna Goodson is the founder and CEO of Anna Goodson Management (founded in 1996) and The MeatMarket (founded in 2010). Prior to founding her own 2 companies, Anna worked 5 years in Advertising. She started at the bottom as a coordinator and quickly moved up the ranks to account executive then on to doing business development.
Anna started her business career at the tender age of 19 while doing her BFA at Concordia University and working part time at her father’s printing agency. Being an entrepreneur is in Anna’s blood; her father and grandfather were both entrepreneurs and her grandmother was in sales way back in 1925. She looks forward to founding and investing in other businesses in the future and encourages other women to do the same at her latest initiative Startup Women of Montreal.
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