We had the good fortune of connecting with Alvionna Brewster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alvionna, what’s something about your industry that outsiders are probably unaware of?
Nurses make incredible entrepreneurs, however, entrepreneurship isn’t taught in school. Generally speaking, society thinks that all nurses do is pass meds, give shots and follow doctor’s orders. Although those are very important tasks within our profession, we do A LOT more. I have met some amazing nurse entrepreneurs who are changing the landscape of healthcare in the USA. These nurses own CNA schools, LVN schools, private practices, teach CPR, write books, are speakers and own homecare, home health, assisted living companies and much, much more. Because entrepreneurship can follow a process similar to the nursing process, nurses have the skillset to be excellent business men and women.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business, Black Nurse Entrepreneurs, was formulated in 2015 as the premier networking organization with the best resources for black nurses interested in launching, building and growing their entrepreneurial endeavors. What sets us apart is that the company is dedicated to mentoring and encouraging black nurses to use their precious nursing skillset in order to build healthy businesses. In return, we have more autonomy over our careers and are able to create generational wealth and health for years to come. This has set us up to be powerful change agents and servant leaders in our communities of color and nationwide. My journey through entrepreneurship has been a long one with twists and turns, ups and downs. Getting to this point was not easy but it was worth it. I literally built the business from the ground up, brick by brick. I took classes, I studied and I invested heavily within myself and my business so that I could create and sustain a viable business model. Along the way, I have had to learn not to give up. During the most difficult times, you must stay the journey. I have had to learn to go for it, even when taking a leap of faith may seem scary. And I have had to learn to consistently invest into myself. The learning and building process never ends. I would like to share with the world that Black Nurse Entrepreneurs is a strong brand that is dedicated to changing the face of healthcare. Our members are powerful men and women who stand firm on our mission, vision and values.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love food, music, sports and interesting places. The DFW area is full of fun. I come from the piney woods of East Texas so when I came here I was intrigued by all of the things that we could do. I would be sure to take my friend to tour both The Cowboys Stadium and The Star in Frisco, and catch a Mavs game. Breakfast and/or brunch would be a must. I would love to catch a nice show one night at the Improv Comedy Club. Eating out at a good Mexican and seafood restaurants would definitely be on the menu. I love the “eat, work, play” locations in the DFW area such as Trinity Groves, City Line, Shops of Legacy, Legacy West, The Boardwalk and Granite Park, The Star and Watters Creek. We would definitely have to visit these areas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to honor the presence of God over my live and I want to shoutout my amazing family, wonderful network of close friends and my BNE organization. These people keep me inspired, motivated and encouraged. They believe in me and I am incredibly grateful for each of them.
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