Business Launch Prep School (BLPS) – Case Study
Client: LaTorcha Polati, CEO & Founder of Determined Steps, LLC, determinedsteps.org
Sponsor: Same as client
Primary NAICS: 611430 – Professional and Management Development Training
August 2019, LaTorcha Polati enrolled in Business Launch Prep School (BLPS), a live annual virtual small business startup course and coaching program, to learn how to start a business. She is a U.S. Army Veteran who had just been terminated from her full-time job and felt lost. She had a deep desire to start a business but was clueless about what her business would be and how she would start it. After completing the 12-month BLPS program, including online curriculum, group coaching sessions, one-on-one coaching sessions, and implementation days, Mrs. Polati is the proud owner of Determined Steps LLC, a company that provides spiritual coaching and support to trauma stricken women. You may find her weekly panel discussions at https://www.facebook.com/highly.favored.733.
Do not wait another day, because it will be one more day away from achieving your dream. With all that BLPS will give to you, along with your determination, success is inevitable.LaTorcha Polati, US Army Veteran
Q&A with LaTorcha Polati
What were the Big problems that lead you to enroll in BLPS?
“I did not have clarity on what I needed to start my coaching business. I had the certification but I did not have the knowledge of what was needed to get it started.”
What were your problems costing you?
“Everything. I knew I was called to assist a specific group of women but I knew without a business I could not properly assist them.”
LaTorcha’s purpose and the gift were given to her by God. She felt a weight, as she wanted to do her God-given assignment, but did not know-how. As the program continued, she seemed lighter and more hopeful. There was a lot of growth in confidence in who and what she would serve.
What actions did you take during the program to obtain the results you have?
“I followed the instructions given by Rolande. She instructed with patience and never allowed me to feel inadequate about the things that I did not know. When I didn’t understand I never hesitated to ask her to explain because I knew that she would explain it in such a way that I would be able to comprehend it.”
LaTorcha took her assignments seriously. When asked empowering questions, she didn’t shy away or avoid the topic. She met her pain point head-on. When she needed help, she spoke up. Her success would not have been possible if she wasn’t serious about doing what it takes, professionally and personally, to grow and develop.
What mindset, emotional, and personal hurdles did you have to overcome to get you to the results you have?
“I had a very tough time with my money mindset. It was very difficult for me to put a price on assisting the people that I knew really needed my help. My money mindset was also tied to my emotional blockage of not feeling worthy enough to ask for a set fee.”
12 months can feel like a long time. What prevented you from quitting when the journey was hard?
“Rolande!! She never allowed me to give up on myself or on my dreams. She continued to walk alongside me encouraging, motivating, and directing me.”
What results have you earned from the program?
“I earned the strength to believe in myself and my dreams. I have earned understanding to know that no matter what comes, as long as I continue to believe in myself nothing is impossible. I have earned a wealth of knowledge about finances, business, processes, and most importantly about myself.”
What lessons have you learned?
“I learned that as long as I continued to believe in my dreams and in myself I will make it as long as I continued to take one step at a time.”
I can not say this enough. LaTorcha wanted to do the work to earn the results she has today. No matter how good a program is, if the client doesn’t put in the time and work, they will not receive the results.
What prescription or recommendations do you have for women who are undecided about enrollment?
“Do not wait another day, because it will be one more day away from achieving your dream. With all that BLPS will give to you, along with your determination, success is inevitable.”
In your opinion, what is the next best step for anyone interested in the program to take now?
“For anyone coming into the program, it is best to come in understanding what they want to achieve even if you do not know how to do it. It is best to have an idea of your end state to ensure you receive all you can from the program.”
BLPS can help clients clarify what they want as a end result and how to get there.