We had the good fortune of connecting with Portia Iles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Portia, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Suffering with Anxiety, Depression, ADD, PTSD, and a few other things I did not want to continue to, to add more medicine to my daily routine. I started researching different ways to help my symptoms and that is when I discovered CBD. Within 2 weeks I started to notice different things within myself, I was not as anxious and was having more mental clarity. I continued using CBD for another 2 years and started noticing more benefits from CBD. Somehow my usual order was not the same and I was not seeing or feeling the results. That’s when I realized how much CBD was helping me, Naturally.
In searching for new products that is when I decided I wanted to share CBD with everyone. If it could help me, then it could help others become a healthier version of themselves. September 19, 2019 is when Essentially Your CBD Spot was birthed.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Essentially Your CBD Spot is the Spot for your essential CBD needs. Our mission is the help you become a healthier, more peaceful you, Naturally. We understand what is feels like to suffer with Mental Illness/Issues and just want to feel better. Understanding our customers helps us because at one time we had the same feeling and wanted to be healthier for ourselves.
Being a Business owner isn’t always easy but it is very rewarding. In the first month of Business after my 3rd order I was shut down for three months. During that time I started looking for vendors, supplies, started trying different CBD products, and I was meeting other CBD Brands during this preparation period. After attending the CBD EXPO in Las Vegas February, that was the motivation I needed and opened March 2020. Not even two weeks of reopening Essentially Your CBD Spot, life as we knew it changed for everyone.
Starting a Business at the beginning of a Pandemic has been trying but it has been worth it. With everyone being home and online more I was able to get my content and products in front of more people. In April of 2020 I did my first Virtual Pop Up Shop with Shannon B. from Create your own Empire LLC. and I met other Women in Business. From there I was able to develop relationships with other Women in Business.
I learned that you don’t have to do everything by yourself. Reaching out to others does not show your weakness but it shows your strength. It shows that this is something that you want and your doing what is necessary for your growth.
As we continue to grow our Mission is still to Help you become a Healthier, more Peaceful you, Naturally.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to Thank God for this opportunity Family and Friends
Shawnti Refuge from Shawnte Refuge Journals for the recommendation.
My Forever Mentor LaShae Renita Smith
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