Hi Coco, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory
Event planning began as a hobby very early in life. I’ve definitely come a long way from planning sweet sixteen parties on notepads for my sister and I, to planning baby shower’s for elite local city government officials. I honestly thought I was going to be a teacher; I had my first classroom layout figured out by second grade. Little did I realize that be doing this, I was setting my path in motion towards a future in events, planning and design. I wasn’t until I got to college that I truly started taking the actual act of event planning seriously. I joined and led various event committees during my time at the University of South Florida which opened up a lot of learning opportunities for me. My first real paying gig was by way of my sorority sister, she asked me to plan her wedding. She gave me the confidence to take my craft seriously, and that paycheck didn’t hurt either ;-). Since my company’s inception, I have planned events locally and abroad, traveled to many conferences throughout the US, met and studied the works of wedding gurus such as David Tutera & Collin Cowie, I’ve also had my work published in Iconic Bride Magazine, a wedding publication. My time in event planning has brought me back to my first love of teaching. Soon, I will be introducing an academy for up and coming event planners to start their entrepreneurial and professional journeys towards the event industry.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has NOT been a smooth road. Some of the more common challenges I faced were lack of experience or knowing where to find it, favoritism within the industry, racial tension and the growing pains of owning, operating and running a business alone.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
The name speaks for itself. My team consists of highly dedicated professional women who GET THE JOB DONE. We leave no stone unturned, even if that means we are leaving later than anticipated. We are the hands behind the scenes that make things happen that you wouldn’t even imagine. We are known for our professionalism and peace of mind that we provide our clients. What sets us apart is that we are particular about the clientele we serve. Relationship building, trust and transparency is of the utmost importance when we work with our clients. We dedicate countless hours before the actual event to ensure that all of our “T’s are crossed, and I’s are dotted”. We specialize in event day coordination, consulting, planning and venue management for all types of events. We also specialize in planning, coordinating and styling bridal photo shoots.
• Starting the Bay Area Wedding & Event Collective. A conglomerate of black and brown wedding and event professionals in the Tampa Bay Area.
• In the works, future event planner academy for up and coming wedding and event planners
• Plans to hire more staff!
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- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.cxteventco.com
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