We had the good fortune of connecting with India Miles and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi India, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
To be viewed as a true authority in the Christian women entrepreneurship space that supports small business development, marketplace ministry, and faith works for many generations to come.
What should our readers know about your business?
In 2012 I heard God say “live your best life” and the Holy Spirit gave me name B.E.S.T. (Building Economic Stability Together) while I was at work. The pressure to quit kept growing until I finally resigned and started BEST as a charity that educated young adults on entrepreneurship.
I led BEST as a consulting/coaching business sharing my personal testimony about how my parents abandoned me at sixteen years old and how entrepreneurship, my faith, and the life skills therein, served me.
I had a lot of extreme highs followed by extreme lows, all the while navigating them with very limited business and personal resources. I overcame the adversity by being unstoppable.
A few years into it, I experienced a very public failed engagement. Through the heartbreak I heard the Lord tell me to “Cry But Don’t Quit”. Which later became the title of my handbook for success, and the name of my business coaching business. My book shared my 9 life lessons, best practices, and applications of how to have life’s success as a Christian women entrepreneur.
I teach a six week business accelerator that coaches women through those principles and into their own best life, where I’ve graduated nearly 90 women over the course of the past 2.5 year since starting Cry But Don’t Quit Success Coaching LLC., in 2020.
I’ve learned how to being coachable can change your life. I did a lot of my business in my own understanding after God gave me the vision and the instruction because I was afraid to ask for help. If there’s any advice I can give to any black Christian woman entrepreneur out there it would be to “ask for help”.
You’re not alone and your worthy of friendship. I’ve been fortunate enough now after ten in business for my self to finally find true friendship, joy, and happiness as a Christian entrepreneur that has truly blessed my life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First, I’d take the Croaker Spot for some soul food here in Petersburg Virginia, then we’d go hiking in the Blue Ridge mountains of Shenandoah valley and maybe kayaking. Do some Apple picking in Carter’s mountain and then hit up Trapezium Brewery for some locally brewed craft beer.
I’d introduce them to my friends and colleagues in the Christian women entrepreneurship space.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this shoutout to my Cry But Don’t Quit clients, and sisters in this space who said yes, and keep saying yes, despite adversity.
Linkedin: India Miles