We had the good fortune of connecting with Damala Badon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Damala, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After working in corp America like many of us for all of my adult life a turning point in my career came after watching many fellow co-workers be laid off from there jobs due to various reasons like down sizing , position elimination and budget cuts . Seeing that happen to people who spent there entire career giving to companies and being let go so easily bothered me deeply. From that point forward I decided that securing additional revenue streams were critical especially to create some type of wealth for my family there i started brainstorming the path to entrepreneurship.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a full time working mother of three boys, I started carving cakes for family and friends about 12 years ago . I began by taking several online classes and studying YouTube videos at night to perfect my skills. I then started selling cakes at local fairs and farmer’s markets hosting and appearing at pop-up bakery shops across Portland . Eventually, I moved into a a commercial kitchen space and realized that although I was having fun I needed to find a way make this new hobbies a profitable one. Then decided to take a real shot as working as a entrepreneur .
Along the way I have faced lots of challenges from access to capitol, staffing shortages , and family strain that many entrepreneur face when devoting so much time to get business off the ground . Many of the challenges I have over come by seeking guidance and support from mentors and other business professionals .
Some of the lessons that I have learned along the way are to be committed and consistent to your brand and your clients .Many challenges will arise and the key can lie in how committed you are to your own success
I want my brand to represent woman in business and more specifically minority woman in business whom are working hard to build successful brands while still being the beacon for our families . I want to empower more woman to chase their dreams and be committed to the success of there own life, Live fearless
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would defiantly bring them to DB Dessert Company which is the best bakery in Portland . Brunch on Sundays at Capitol Bar and dinner at farmhouse ,
The city has lots of amazing hiking trails so I would defiantly take them on a few hikes to see the greenery Portland has to offer.
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I definitely owe a huge amount of my success to Janelle Copeland -Owner of Cake Mamas & Founder of Cake Cents whom is my business coach & mentor . Janelle has created a space for creatives to learn , grow and build community within our industry by providing a space to learn and be mentored by her extensive knowledge of business in the baking industry .
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