A Milwaukee woman is using her own experience as an entrepreneur to help other budding business owners find their way.
Cynthia Brown partnered with Mason Temple to rehab a former charter school at 6090 N. 35th Street to offer business training, office space and other amenities a business owner would need.
"We have so many mom and pop shops so many businesses that have shut down over the years because of compliance issues," Brown said.
Brown started off working in corporate America but said it was God's plan that convinced her to go it alone.
"It was a spiritual move for me, and I fought it for about two years," Brown said.
Now she's started her own consulting firm that helps others start their own businesses the right way.
The concept is already gaining traction with other female entrepreneurs like Marrika Rodgers.
Rodgers, a mental health clinician, created her business, Living Well With Marrika, where she offers care and counseling services. She's rehabbing a former classroom to be her office space. It's a dream she's had since she was young.
"I would read different mental health books during library time in elementary school," Rodgers said.
And now all that hard work is paying off. She's working with Brown on her space. Together Brown and Rodgers are excited to see the location grow.
Currently the space has 4 businesses ready to begin rehabbing former classrooms. Soon Brown plans to rehab the basement to include a kitchen for businesses in the culinary field.