An Interview with Philip Brady of Man of Steel Services
By Shereá Denise
1. How long have you been a business owner? Tell us about your business(es)?
5 years. I own and operate a mentoring organization (501(c)(3)) - Man of Steel Services (M.O.S.S) that is designed for young men ages (5-15) to teach life skills, mentor and encourage them while also incorporating sports training. Among the activities offered include how to tie a tie, motivational speaking, car basics (checking oil, changing a tire), Finance Basics, Vision Board Creation and much more. My ultimate vision for M.O.S.S is to be able to operate in my own facility full-time while offering before/after school programs in addition to summer camps. My mission is to positively influence and add value to the lives of the individuals who participate by developing positive attitudes and character while teaching them to take full advantage of their opportunities.
2. Did you always know that you wanted to be a business owner or did something specific lead to it?
It was something that developed over time during my coaching tenure. I have always enjoyed interacting with the youth during my coaching experience with football, basketball and baseball. However I always felt that I could and needed to do more outside of the lines or court which is where the idea of M.O.S.S initiated.
3. What has been one of the most difficult aspects of being a business owner? What do people not see or not think about as part of your responsibilities?
I think the answer to BOTH of those questions is Time. The time commitment to being a business owner is one of the more difficult aspects, it's almost as if there are not enough hours in a day at times. This is particularly the case if you are working full-time in addition to operating your own business. Time Management is key.
4. What has been the best part of starting your own business? What makes it worth continuing this journey?
The best and most rewarding part is knowing that you are truly making a difference and impact on the youth in a positive way. It is a joy knowing that the kids and parents truly value our relationships. To most of the people in our community (Durham) I am simply known as "Coach or Coach Brady" which is an awesome feeling.
5. What advice would you give to new business owners or those interested in starting their own business?
Be Consistent. At times this too can be one of my biggest challenges. No matter where you are in your stage, be sure to push forward with consistency and celebrate EVERY accomplishment, even the small ones.
6. Where do you see Black-owned businesses dropping the ball?
We can support one another more. At times we are more concerned with competing instead of supporting one another. We can ALL win.
7. How could the Black Community do more to support Black-owned businesses? How could we better support you?
I still believe one of the best ways to support is by word of mouth. If you have a wonderful experience with a Black-owned Business be sure to like, share, promote and donate. Sometimes all that is needed is an opportunity. In addition to that we can work together more through joint ventures or events to assist with spreading the word and bringing attention to our respective businesses.