Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ken Howard, Founder of The FaithX Project, located in Germantown, MD, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
FaithX helps congregations survive and thrive in challenging times through data-grounded missional discernment and strategy development. Our clients are congregations of all denominations and religious traditions and the regional bodies that support them.
Tell us about yourself
I am a new church developer by training, starting two congregations, and consulting with dozens of congregations and regional bodies. As such, I knew the importance of grounding discernment in data, and particularly of the power of presenting data in interactive story-map form, in order to see beyond their blind spots and biases and to deeply understand the opportunities and challenges in their neighborhoods and their own congregation's strengths and weaknesses. What motivates me in this work is what I call the "holy crap" moment, when faith leaders discover population groups in their neighborhoods that they never knew were there.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Taking my startup consulting practice from a startup with just me and a few clients to a well-known and well-regarded going concerned with hundreds of clients and a growing staff.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Transitioning from a "founder" to a "grounder" – perhaps one of the biggest shifts in organizational perspective and behavior there is.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
Dream Big, Start Small, and Experiment Like Crazy, understanding that a clear and transcendent vision lies at the heart of it all.
Where can people find you and your business?
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