We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Bogues and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Two things that immediately come to mind are business owners and young adults. I am inspired by entrepreneurs who are so talented, taking a risk, and following their dreams. Young adults also inspire me, as they are more entrepreneurial, vocal, and involved in their community than I was at their age.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My career started in Corporate America. In 2001 I jumped into the entrepreneurial pool as I was tired of working long hours to make someone else a lot of money anymore.
I love the challenge of problem-solving and building businesses. In the economic turmoil of 2008, people were getting laid off and opening up their own businesses. I saw where individuals were rock stars in their profession, but with never owning their own business before, they needed help getting set up and running their business. With my passion for working with business owners to help them succeed and my expertise, Flourish Business Consulting was born.
Flourish Business Consulting, in Phoenix, Arizona, is an owner-operated consulting firm that offers a wide range of services to support every aspect of a small business, from start-up to growth to dissolution.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would hike. Pinnacle Peak is my favorite. There are beautiful views, and I love the challenge of the up and down throughout the hike giving a bit of a respite while needing to stay engaged. The red rocks of Sedona are a must-see, as are the pines of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. I love that you can drive for a few hours and have a completely different experience. Weather permitting, we would also go to Watson Lake to kayak.
I enjoy supporting local restaurants. My favorite place for pizza and wings is Lorenzo’s Pizza & Pasta. The flour chips and frozen margarita/sangria swirl at Jalapeno Inferno are delicious. My favorite special occasion spot is Ocean 44, where they have unique appetizers and sides along with a cool vibe that isn’t pretentious. The Arrogant Butcher and Cibo are my favorite downtown spots. I was sad when House of Tricks closed, as that was my go-to before attending the theatre at ASU Gammage.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My dad always believed in me and engrained that I could do whatever I envisioned. In addition, Bill Robert, who hired me at State Savings Mortgage Company, was a great mentor. Bill saw potential in me and allowed me to grow and try new things.