We had the good fortune of connecting with Regeanie Corona and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Regeanie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I have been starting businesses for as long as I can remember. Entrepreneurship has always been in my blood. I’ve owned multiple businesses, some successful and some not. Even when I worked a 9-5, I considered myself an “intrapreneur.” When I decided to leave the tech field to pursue full-time entrepreneurship, I decided that I wanted to be a social entrepreneur, using business to innovatively solve social challenges in the world. I started Advancing The Seed, Inc. as a way to help unemployed and underemployed young adults connect to economic mobility by providing training and development resources that could teach them the skills to be strong leaders, improve their soft skills, and increase their financial literacy. I also wanted to make sure that we provided resources to teach others how to start businesses and side hustles if desired.
I truly wanted to create a business that I loved, aligned with my values and allowed me to give back. We have served over 4,100 youth and young adults through our program to date. I always hope that my story inspires other entrepreneurs to consider starting businesses that focus on people and the planet in addition to profit.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I love the fact that I came from a technical background and I now combine that with innovatively solving social challenges through entrepreneurship. We are a training and development nonprofit using technology to deliver training resources at scale. My technology background prepared me to be able to create and execute our current business model.
This journey definitely has not been easy. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking risks always comes with challenges, but this is also how we grow as leaders and as human beings. I wouldn’t trade the challenges for easier experiences because I wouldn’t be the person I am today without those challenges as part of my journey.
I love being a social entrepreneur and using business as a way to help people and the planet, while also creating profits to do more good.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Day 1: We would start by catching a Dodger game, assuming we are in baseball season. On our way to the game, we would grab sandwiches at Philippe The Original in LA.
Day 2: We would have breakfast at The Original Pantry Cafe in Downtown LA. We would take a tour of the Disney Music Center and if possible, catch a show in the evening. We would go to The City Club for drinks and appetizers that evening.
Day 3: We will spend the day visiting the museums at Exposition Park. After we are done, we will go to East LA for some authentic Mexican food and margaritas.
Day 4: We will hang out at Disneyland and enjoy Downtown Disney
Day 5: We will go to Long Beach and visit the Aquarium and eat while we are there.
Day 6: We will drive up the coast and visit Venice and Malibu. We would grab a meal at Nobu in the evening.
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 definitely want to shoutout my husband, Daniel Corona, for his constant support and belief in the vision and mission of my work. The book Think and Grow Rich changed my mindset forever and has been key to my pursuit of life goals and dreams.