Today we’d like to introduce you to Steanna Williams.
Steanna, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
About three years ago, I was ready to launch my first business selling art and handmade clutch bags. I found that when asking around for help not as many women were willing. Even while creating my YouTube Channel, I found that it was hard to get advice from other creatives. I began to do my own research and watched YouTube videos day and night to gain as much knowledge as I could. Working in a library also help me to obtain knowledge for both my business and my channel. In the midst of all this, I felt the need to create a space for black women to share their journeys, the keys, and network with other women. 1 year after opening my online store, I started to have conversations on social media. That, in turn, birthed Tribe of Sunflowers in 2017. I now create and hosts meet-ups, intimate gatherings and provide personal sessions for black businesswomen/creators. I teach the power of recycling black dollars back into the community.
I know firsthand how it feels to want to launch or create a business but you may be unsure about where to start. I learned that if provided the space women will be more than ready to ask other women for assistance and network without fear. I was bridging the gap between black women and this perception that they were always in unhealthy competitions with one another.
Today, I am the proud owner of Tribe of Sunflowers. I have formed a community/tribe filled with black magical women who are building their empires at this very moment. I take pride in knowing I have the gift of unifying people and building on their magical powers. I am currently hosting monthly meet-ups called Conversations, Coffee, and Community. I am a natural hair influencer and the vibrant voice behind The ProBlack Smile Coach Podcast. As a black woman raising a little black girl, I need her witness the rising of collaborations, true beauty, and community amongst black women.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
If I said it has been a smooth road I would be lying. As a creative, you struggle to be sure to your craft. You observe the world around you and your thoughts can get tainted. Social media can be the biggest culprit. You cannot compare others and their level of success with your own. I learned that early on.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Being a community advocate, my work is in the community with the community. I am a fighter for change and a grower of communities. It was only appropriate that I create an organization that focuses on black women and improving the community itself. Tribe of Sunflowers offers resources and intimate spaces for businesswomen, wellness for black women, and giving back. I am the host for every event or meetup. I specialize in inspirational speaking. I use my life experiences. self-taught/ and shared from experts -knowledge, and guidance from the highest.
I am most proud of being able to provide the space for black women to connect and collaborate rather than compete. What sets me apart from others is my journey. We all have a story to tell but when you come from the bottom you humble yourself. I have been told I have this magnetic and positive energy that beams like the sun. I carry that with me and I planted my organization in just that. I am also a black business owner who uses all the earning from my business and tickets sells to recycle back into black businesses. Thus, my small online shop. (Her Garden Co.)
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I do feel like our city is a good place for businesses like mine. The community always needs the gardener. I would recommend a person to build there empire here if they felt and knew the foundation was great enough to yield positive results. Sometimes, you have to learn how to market to your community and meet the needs of the people. If you can’t do that you need to evaluate whether women, community, wellness, and activism is for you.
- Website: https://tribeofsunflowers.com/
- Phone: 754-317-9622
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/anna_inspires
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/annawilliams/
- Other: https://linktr.ee/anna_inspires