National Women's Small Business Month Spotlight: Cheryl Perez, President and CEO of BIG-HR
October is National Women’s Small Business Month. COSE is fortunate to have so many inspiring women entrepreneurs within our membership. Today we are highlighting Cheryl Perez, President & CEO of BIG-HR and Cheryl C Perez Enterprises.
In recognition of October being National Women’s Small Business Month, we talked with COSE member Cheryl Perez, president & CEO of BIG-HR and Cheryl C Perez Enterprises, on the importance of this special recognition and highlights from her career.
MYB: What are some ways you would suggest people celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month and recognize women who run their own businesses?
Honestly, there are so many ways that people can recognize women who run their own businesses so these are just a few… but I would recommend that if you know a female entrepreneur, when you see her, just make the effort to tell her what a great job she's doing, pat her on the back, and support her business in some way. A lot of times people think that you have to actually make a purchase in order to support a business, but in reality you can do so many things including give her a referral, recommend her to another person who may need her products or services, share something about her business on your social media profiles, or go on Google or Yelp and give her business a raving review.
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MYB: Why is it important for women’s small businesses to be recognized?
I think it's extremely important to recognize all small business owners because I truly believe that small business will continue to be the driving force behind growth in our economy, and a strong economy equals a strong and healthy community.
MYB: What are some accomplishments you are proud of from your journey as a small business owner?
I have had the honor and privilege to receive several amazing awards during my entrepreneurial journey. But I would say some of my greatest accomplishments I am proud of in my journey are being able to mentor and coach other female entrepreneurs on their journeys, being able to employ others and to provide their families with income and a way to live, and growing my business to a point where I could actually offer employment opportunities to others. Lastly, I think being able to set a strong example for my daughters and children, in general, on the work ethic it takes to be an entrepreneur and letting them know that they can accomplish anything they set their minds to makes me extremely proud!
Both of Cheryl’s businesses—BIG-HR and Cheryl C Perez Enterprises— focus on empowering small- to medium-sized business owners on their entrepreneurial journeys as they start, scale, and grow their businesses with support, mentoring, tools, strategies and the education they need to achieve true growth in their businesses. BIG-HR works with small- to medium-sized business owners by focusing in Human Resources and providing outsourced HR services including HR Advisory, onsite HR Support services and training and development. At CCP Enterprises, Cheryl works as a business coach and mentor focused on organizational systems, processes, and capacity building strategies for businesses of all sizes.