We had the good fortune of connecting with Oksana Kolesnikova and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Oksana, is there something you can share with us that those outside of the industry might not be aware of?
The Franchising industry, while not a guaranteed path to success, does offer many more advantages than if we were to start your business from scratch. Franchisees have greater chances of success because they run a proven business model. They don’t need to waste years or even decades of trials and errors, they can save in costly mistakes since the Franchisors have gone through those paths and figured out the winning formula.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Oksana® brand has been in-the-making for over 20 years. Spearheaded by celebrity music artist Oksana Kolesnikova. Oksana’s journey to becoming an entrepreneur was not necessarily an easy one; however, through perseverance, determination, vision, and mission, she was able to overcome the obstacles encountered along the way and she’s now able to coach others on how to be just as successful. Starting from a rather disadvantaged starting point (female immigrant, not speaking any English) she managed through hard work and merit to get through university on a music scholarship, to travel the world in concert entertaining US troops and United Nations officials as the first Russian-American female pianist to do so.
Lastly, building her three businesses being completely self-funded, and making them a success. Oksana’s three businesses are: – Oksana Management Group, Inc., which offer private and After School enrichment programs for Music,(piano, voice, guitar) Foreign Languages (French, Italian, Spanish), and K-12 all-subject academic tutoring; – Oksana Franchising International, Inc. (dba Oksana Enrichment), awards franchising opportunities nationwide to entrepreneurs who want to launch a business in the private education sector; – Oksana Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to help underprivileged youth benefit from educational services otherwise not available to them.
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?
Without any doubt or reservation, URTH CAFFE’! The absolute best, friendliest, cleanest cafe’ in Los Angeles and beyond! They have about 10 locations in Southern California, so I am sure there would be one nearby to enjoy.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to give a shoutout to the most amazing young entrepreneur (11 year old as of 2020) Alessandro Concas (www.alessandroconcas.com) for being my constant source of inspiration. At the tender age of 8 he wrote his first book, The A to Zs of Fighting Boredom, through which he helps not only with his school fundraisers, but also donates a percentage of the sales to Smile Train. With his second book, Life of the Time Cat, he plans to fund his own college education. Alessandro also spearheaded the ‘Financial Literacy for Children and Teens’ program, which is now being implemented in many municipalities in Los Angeles County. Besides having a knack for business, Alessandro is also a talented pianist and composer.
Other: www.oksana-k.com www.oksanamanagementgroup.com www.oksanafoundation.org
Daniele Buccheri Mindy Ruder