Young Detroit CEO takes action on her passion. Take a look at this exclusive interview with 15 year old, Brooklynn Coby as she tells us how she tackles the beauty industry with her cosmetic line and what sets her apart from the rest.
"My mother. My father as well, but my mother mainly. She's a strong independent women who is a business owner of 20 plus years, she has taught me how to get whatever I believe in by any means."
What motivated and inspired you to start your business?
"My mom and dad.I see how my parents are so successful as entrepreneurs and I wanted to follow in their foot steps."
What steps did you take to get your business started?
"I started experimenting on things that would sell. I started putting ideas together to come up with the perfect solution for what I wanted to do."
How did you manage starting a business while completing school?
"Time management! Everything is possible with organization."
What has been the most effective way of raising the awareness of Coby Collectionz?
"Social media. Social media is another major key in businesses getting out there and letting people know about your product and how important it is."
How does where you come from influence your motivation?
"I'm from Detroit where it's a place of survival. We have had a bad reputation for my city but it's hard working people that live through out Detroit. Seeing people like that just makes you want to get up on your feet."
What problems have you faced so far and how did you over come them?
"Getting everything prepared and waiting for something to pop off. Through this process I've learned there has to be patience."
With the beauty industry being a very large and competitive industry to enter, what sets Coby Collectionz apart from the rest?
"The person behind the business. Everybody sells something usually for money but this is a passion and it goes along with other things that I love to do as in taking pictures! Why not wear what you've invested your time in?"
What are some of your hobbies and interest outside of Coby Collectionz?
"I love to model, take pictures and I play softball. I'm also a school fan!"
What are your plans after high school? College?
"Yes, I will be going to college and hopefully it is the college of my choice, U of M. I would want to major in criminal justice."
Are you working? Involved in any activities, groups, clubs or movements?
"Yes, I am involved in my schools softball program and this year hopefully I will join the debate team. Also this summer, I worked for Detroit youth program."
What's are some daily habits that set you up for success everyday? "Putting positive thoughts in my head so I won't get a negative outcome. Since I have started Coby Collectionz, praying has played a major part in success."
What's advice would you give to other female entrepreneurs wanting to start their own business?
"Don't wait for someone else to tell you it's time to get moving. Take action in your own hands because if you want it, you will get it and don't ever give up."