Written By: Samantha Cee
This week we sat down with a rising brand , as we acquire an exclusive interview with CHBM Services LLC . Take a look at the rising brand . “I am the President and Founder of CHBM Services LLC, an affordable career an employee development consultancy and CHBM Services Development Programming L3C; I am also the author of A Mother’s Love: 31 Days of Affirmations for Single Mother’s. My L3C is my latest project and it creates the materials for and facilitates career development workshops for Single Working Mother's between the ages of 18-40 years of age. On Saturday, February 9th, we’ll be hosting a free financial literacy seminar for women and on Saturday, October 12th at 1:30p we’ll host our annual Mother’s Day isn’t just in May event. A portion of this “mom-preneur” focused event’s proceeds will go towards providing a scholarship for a single mom either returning to college or trade school.
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IG @Amotherslove31days and @CHBM_Services
with CHBM Services LLC
FGM: It’s an honor to sit down with you all. Tell us a little about your brand and how you've come to this vastly successful peek in your career.
CHBM Services CEO : Thank you, I’m excited to be here! I have almost two decades of experience and applied knowledge from management and leadership roles inside a myriad of arenas and am a single - parent of two teen daughters and a toddler son, because of this, I opted to leverage my expertise and connections to help others in like situations. CHBM Services LLC is an independent career development consultancy that specializes in providing affordable resume writing, cover letter and LinkedIn profile creation and coaching. Through its social media presence and community partnership it operates a 1,000 plus member Facebook group dedicated to sharing free employment and employment related resources. In April 2017 CHBM Services branched into publishing; as its Founder – President, I completed my first text in a series of 31 Day Affirmations dedicated to Single Mothers entitled, A Mother’s Love: 31 Days of Affirmations for Single Mothers. Marrying my Career Development and Parenting expertise, in March 2018, I launched CHBM Services Development Programming L3C. CHBM Services Development Programming L3C, a social enterprise of sorts, is dedicated to developing the single mother aged 18 – 40 through 4-hour, free workshops focused on job application completion, resume creation, interviewing and follow up.
In conjunction with the workshop materials, each mother receives a copy of the A Mother’s Love book, an AML31Days tee-shirt, journal and pen.
FGM: Who are the clients/what are the projects that you most enjoy working on?
CHBM Services CEO : Great Question!! CHBM Services LLC’s core client group are males/females who are entry level up through middle management. CHBM Services Development Programming L3C and A Mother’s Love 31 Days of Affirmations for Single Mother’s targets the single parent. I honestly enjoy all of our projects because they’re community focused and generally free. What I am most excited about is our annual event, Mother’s Day isn’t Just in May. We launched this event in the Fall of 2018. This ticketed event provides mother’s, single, married, divorced or mother-in-kind the opportunity to feel celebrated outside of Mother’s Day as they enjoy fashion shows, music, comedy, food and spirits while shopping with vendors. The uniqueness of this event isn’t centered on it solely being dedicated to mothers, to be a featured vendor, the business must be a female owned entity, ideally a “Mom-Preneur” shop providing services that cater to women. Last year we selected a few mom’s who were powerhouses in business, the community and/or their family and our featured designers made them a few pieces to model on the run way as well we provided them with a gift bag. This year, we’ll be providing a single mom the opportunity to continue her education via a scholarship.
FGM: How do you feel you make a difference in the world?
CHBM Services CEO : I have a heart for the community and I have a gift; I have always pursued opportunities that began with completing my education. I obtained a Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and a bachelor’s in business management despite getting pregnant my Sophomore year of college. I’ve had mentors, officially an unofficially, who have always pushed and supported me. The average young adult in my community doesn’t have that so through the career development workshops and the extended development workshops like the “Sip! Snack! Support! Toy Drive”, “For Women, By Women Financial Literacy” workshop or the “You are not Alone – a discussion about Sexual Assault” panel, we’re addressing community facing issues and providing resources. Career Development isn’t just about finding a job, the individual must be healthy emotionally, mentally and financially literate. We help with this, for free!
FGM: Tell us about a time when you showed determination to continue as an entrepreneur
CHBM Services CEO : Ironically, the fact that I simply refuse to quit is the greatest way that I continually show determination. My entities are new, so I don’t operate from a place of surplus or approved budgets. CHBM Services LLC, the A Mother’s Love book and apparel does generate revenue, they aren’t well known enough to finance all of the workshops that the L3C hosts as of yet but it’s coming. We’ll keep producing regardless because there’s a need, and the money will always come to meet the need.
FGM: Give me the three best qualities of your brand
CHBM Services CEO : Honestly, we’re Reliable | Transparent | Compassionate; if I sign on to deliver, I will. If I can’t or it’s not my area of expertise, I am going to tell you and again, I have a heart for the population that I serve so everything is done with understanding and love.
FGM: Give me an example of when you worked irregular hours?
CHBM Services CEO : Everyday, lol!!! I have a full-time job and am a parent yet I design and manage every event that our name is on. It’s exhausting but it’s so worth it!
FGM: Being a entrepreneur is a 24/7 job, how did you get ready for that?
CHBM Services CEO : The best preparation for entrepreneurship is being tired of where you are, be it a dead-end job or insufficiency. It’s amazing what you learn how to do and prepare yourself for when you have a need. It’s more impactful when you’ve realized what you’re great at, you’d do it for free and someone is willing to pay you for it!
FGM: How did you acquire the ability to work under pressure to beat meet deadlines as a entrepreneur?
CHBM Services CEO : I am a mom, I’ve been a mom since I got pregnant at 19 so I had to learn to balance motherhood, employment and education. I didn’t have an option to fail at any of the three. Navigating that continuous cycle, prepared me to then take all my life and career lessons and redirect them towards something of my own.
FGM: What is your favorite inspirational point, place, to develop new brand developments?
CHBM Services CEO : This will sound nuts but, in my sleep/while resting. I have the greatest ideas while resting and that’s also why I get plenty of it! That’s nonnegotiable!
FGM: Which current public figure, are you inspired by or appreciate the most?
CHBM Services CEO Taraji P. Henson! Taraji is the epitome of a strong single parent, she’s dedicated to her son and her career. On the front end you’d think that one trumped the other, but she’s outlined a balance that allows her to be what she needs to be to everything that she values in life and she doesn’t compromise on her core values. Parent’s need to continually see that because there’s a stigma that you can’t have it all and you can. You have to work and balance, but you can. That balance will not mean that every day, all day, equal amounts of time will be given to everything, it simply means that equal amounts of time are given, period!
FGM: How do you handle stress ?
CHBM Services CEO : Stress is a constant, so I take time to reassess and shift where I need to. I also refuse to address or deal with anything that doesn’t tie into the bigger picture. Be it person, place or thing, if it’s not tied to my end game, it’s not worth my time!
FGM: What are the three qualities you feel an entrepreneur must have?
CHBM Services CEO : Mission | Drive | Determination; there has to be a WHY, that why will keep you moving forward when you want to quit. You have to be a self-starter and willing to do the work and you have to have a “no matter what” desire to succeed.
FGM: Where do you see your business in 10 years? How do you plan to get there ?
CHBM Services CEO : I’m sowing the seeds through the smaller events, networking and marketing to build my brand; my end game is to own a block equip with residential rentals, an affordable, rentable event space, a daycare, a laundromat and hair/barber salon. All the things that a “mom-preneur” would need to be successful.
FGM: It was a pleasure speaking with you thank you for joining us
CHBM Services CEO: Thank you for taking the time to find out more about me and my body of businesses