We had the good fortune of connecting with Cheslie Thompson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cheslie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process was definitely a roller coaster of thoughts flowing through my head on a daily basis. All I could think about is make something happen so I would be able to spend more time with my family. Starting a business involves careful consideration and planning. Some of my common thought processes behind starting my business includes, My Passion and Purpose. Many entrepreneurs begin their own businesses because they have a passion for a particular product, service, or industry. They want to turn their passion into a career and make a difference in that field. I also took Independence and Autonomy into consideration because Starting a business allows individuals to be their own boss, make their own decisions, and have control over their work. It can provide a sense of independence and freedom, Being able to be with my family was my main goal. Being able to be there for my children was all I could think about. I also took a look at the Financial Opportunities, Some people start businesses with the goal of creating financial stability or generating wealth. They see entrepreneurship as a means to achieve financial success. I would sit and contemplate on a gap I had here in my city Tyler Tx which was a Cosmetology School we did not have one at the time. What I mean by Identifying a Gap, Entrepreneurs often identify a gap or need in the market that they believe they can fill with their own product or service. They see an opportunity to offer something unique or improve upon existing offerings. Also Personal Growth and Challenge. Starting a business can be challenging and rewarding personal growth opportunity. It also takes Work. It often requires individuals to step out of their comfort zones. So I must say if you are comfortable get uncomfortable if you are trying to go somewhere.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Necessary to pursue a career in the cosmetology field. In cosmetology school, students typically learn about different beauty techniques, tools, and products. They may receive training in haircutting, coloring, styling. The positive response to iLash By Lauren Academy has been overwhelming, and the academy is proud to have been serving the local community for over a year now almost a year now. “Our aim is to continue providing high-quality education and empower our students to excel in their careers. As the Founder and Director of I Lash By Lauren Academy. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such persevering students, an extremely dedicated staff, and a supportive school community. I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to support the students and families.I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to East Texas and to work with you as a partner in education to ensure your success.I am one that values high standards by providing rich learning experiences for all students.I view education as a life-long process and expect that I will continue to learn much about the uniqueness of East Texas within years to come. Most importantly, I bring a belief that students are at the center of all school-related decisions. I am excited to unite my experience, my openness to learn, and my child-centered approach to support our students. Because the relationships between families and the school are vital to the success of our students, I encourage you to become involved in every way possible.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Certainly! If you have a friends visiting Tyler, Texas, here are a few spots you could take them to is the Tyler Rose Garden: This beautiful rose garden is a must-visit in Tyler. It features over 35,000 rose bushes and is known as the “Rose Capital of America.” It’s a great place to take a relaxing stroll and enjoy the fragrant blooms.

Rose City Sweets! Macaroons! Mac Mama and Mac Daddy are the sweetest ! They are absolutely Amazing!! Especially if you have had a long day and needing something sweet. This is the place to go.

Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q: For a taste of delicious Texas-style barbecue, take your friend to Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q. It’s a local favorite and has been serving up mouthwatering smoked meats, ribs, and sides for over 50 years.

Uncle Jacks Kitchen!! Is beyond Amazing!! If you love seafood this would definitely be your spot he also offer items that does not swim wings and things you won’t regret visiting uncle jacks.

Tino’s Tacos!! Is also an amazing restaurant to visit if you are wanting some tacos!!

Ruby’s Tacos! Is also absolutely Amazing!! If you are having a taste for some mouth watering tacos.

5. Kiepersol Winery & Distillery: If your friend appreciates wine or spirits, a visit to Kiepersol Winery & Distillery is a great choice. They offer
guided tours, wine tastings, and have a restaurant on-site. It’s a scenic place to relax, enjoy some wine, and savor a meal.

These are just a few suggestions, but Tyler is filled with so many Amazing Small businesses and even more to offer in terms of parks, historic sites, shopping areas, and local cuisine. Enjoy exploring the city with your friend!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to give a huge shout out to Tom Grissom with Better Tech he has been absolutely phenomenal helping me as a tag along through my journey.

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