WOW was looking for a very different and impactful interview for the next issue and someone suggested that I interview Melissa Davis with Elev8. I have never been happier that I took someone’s suggestion for a story. Not only was her interview compelling but it was very informative about things women want to hear. She raised challenges that women will experience just from being a woman business owner and then she would offer solutions to the challenges. It was so inspiring. I commented on the uniqueness of her company name and began to quiz her for her WHY as she journeyed down the road of entrepreneursh.
Melissa was so forthcoming with her answers and went on to say. “I grew up in a small town in Northern Maine, Presque Isle, where there are no big businesses, only small mom, and pop shops. My Father and 5 of my Uncles, all are Entrepreneurs and I grew up working in my father’s shop, which was my first introduction into running a business. It was a blessing, because I got to understand how business operates from sales, operations, HR, and an accounting standpoint.
After, college I moved to Atlanta, to work for Crawford Communications, where I supported the 3rd Army as a Media Relations specialist, covering the Iraq War from the front lines. After a few years, I was ready for a change, my girlfriend was doing financial recruiting in Boston and said I would love it. I was like, “What’s Recruiting?” “What’s Recruiting?” That’s when I began my journey. I worked for two firms and was the top producer for over five years. After 5 solid years of killing it in sales, I felt like I needed more. I convinced my bosses at the time to send me to an industrial psychologist to help me figure out my path in the business. After five hours of being analyzed and about 4 tests later, he told me that I had the profile of an Entrepreneur and that I most likely would not be fulfilled until I was running my own business. It was true, I was not feeling challenged anymore. I realized it was time to follow my dream of being an Entrepreneur. I reached out into the deep. Next, I found a business partner, although it didn’t work out in the long run. What I learned is that partnerships are hard, but it certainly was very helpful for me in the beginning.