We had the good fortune of connecting with Evan Leaphart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I saw firsthand how difficult it can be to raise capital to start a business, especially with bad credit. I was confident there were many young aspiring entrepreneurs like me with great ideas but didn’t have the access to a business loan or line of credit. I wanted to change that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This journey for me has been and continues to be far from a straight line. While I’ve faced many challenges I think the one thing that I have managed to do well is deal with people. I have a great deal of patience with people and it has guided me through some challenging situations.
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?
Well I currently live in Brickell which is near downtown Miami. If I were to wake up for breakfast on a weekend I would go to All Day for breakfast and have the French toast. During the day I could go to Miami Beach for a bit to dip my toes in the sand. For a late lunch I could head up north to Aventura and grab some pizza from 800 degrees (owned by Miami Heat legends Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem) followed by some shopping at Aventura Mall. I think I would need to unwind for a bit so after putting my bags down from shopping I would go to Moxies in Brickell to grab a drink before finishing the night off with a nice dinner at Red Rooster in Overtown.
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 thank my mom for instilling confidence and independence in me at an early age. She worked hard as a single mother to ensure I had a nice childhood. I will be forever grateful to her silent sacrifices for my betterment.