We had the good fortune of connecting with MaryMagdalene Cohen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MaryMagdalene, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success as the CEO of “Blossoming Futures LLC,” tutoring company is my willingness to never give up no matter what is thrown in my direction. I have encountered obstacles throughout my journey of creating my business/ brand, but my mind is set on a goal and I’m not stopping until that goal is met. For example, I filled for my LLC through Sunbiz, on March 2, 2020, and literally two weeks later all South Florida (S.FL) started to shut down due to Covid-19. I didn’t expect the world to come to a halt right before the starting of my business. As the unfamiliar challenges came about, my mind stayed focused on how I would make the starting of my business successful.
I began to map out a plan for Blossoming Futures LLC, the tutoring company I wanted to start more than 8 years ago, when I was a teacher in the classroom. Yet, on March 16, 2021 Broward County School District closed its doors due to Covid-19, leaving all students to attend school virtually. As virtual school continued for students, I began getting many calls for tutoring services due to many children needing assistance because they were struggling with homeschooling.
During the pandemic, I have hired 4 college educated employees. I have created a functional website and have continued to support students in South Florida with their academic growth to close the achievement gap. My willingness allows me to preserve through any challenges that comes against me.
Although mind raced with complicated aspirations, from the start of me opening my business my willingness to be a success had me turn to God for help. I believe God will place obstacles in people’s paths in order to make them stronger, so when they receive their blessings, they are strong enough to appreciate them and they will manifest to their full potential. Due to me previously mapping out a business plan, I was prepared for my business to blossom.
I still have more to accomplish with my business goal but I’m off to an amazing start.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
“Blossoming Futures LLC.” is a tutoring company that provides services in Broward, West Palm Beach, and Miami. Having educated tutors with degrees in the subject-area that they are tutoring is an essential component for my tutoring company. As a certified teacher that has worked in the classroom for more than eight years, I differentiate instruction based on the student’s needs. Also, “Blossoming Futures LLC.” provides services online and at the convenience of your home. Having the opportunity of receiving tutoring services at one’s home is a component that separates my tutoring company from others.
There are many tutoring companies in South Florida, but only a select few have a background in teaching in the classroom. Not all tutoring companies require their tutors to have a college education, but here at Blossoming Futures LLC. it is required. At Blossoming Futures LLC. all tutors have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university and all paraprofessionals have some college and classroom experience. Choosing to conduct business in this manner has assisted with my business blossoming, because parents feel comfortable knowing that their children are in the hands of professionals that know their expertise.
I find it gratifying to see that the students who are associated with my company are not in the number of students failing during this pandemic. Many students came to Blossoming Futures LLC. failing, but they are now passing and can be promoted to the next grade level. Unfortunately, a significant number of students weren’t learning the material needed due to schools being virtual. However, “Blossoming Futures LLC.” has educated tutors that provide the students with one on one instruction to help the students learn the required grade level material, who were having trouble learning virtually. I feel so fulfilled to see my dream of cultivating young minds develop into Blossoming Futures LLC.
I want the world to know that all students can learn, it just takes an educated tutor that knows their expertise to get the brain going.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I enjoy entertainment around a more mature crowd, with that being said, the events I attend are grown and sexy. I like to go to “Rooftop,” which is an upscale lounge located on Las Olas, in Fort Lauderdale. Rooftop is a social event; I enjoy attending with both friends and family. During my time at Rooftop, I love to indulge with some of their Tuna Poke and their cocktails. Another Grown and Sexy lounge I enjoy is “Smitty’s Wings Sistrunk.” On a Sunday evening after a long week this is the place to go and unwind while listening to a great choice of music and an unlimited choice of flavored hookahs. I indulge myself with their signature margarita called, “Mary’s Groceries” and their Garlic Parmesan/Lemon Pepper Wings. In addition to going to “Rooftop” and “Smitty’s Wings Sistrunk,” the Boatyard is an amazing restaurant/lounge located in downtown Fort Lauderdale that I like to hang out at and receive nothing but great vibes. You can’t go wrong with indulging in their Tuna Tacos and their mimosas. Lastly, Blue Martini is an upscale nightclub located in downtown Fort Lauderdale. I enjoy their live music and Lamb Chops, and mojitos. 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?
First, I would like to recognize all the families who uses/used Blossoming Futures LLC. tutoring services.
Next, I would like to thank Princeton Clowers who is my right-hand man and the CEO of “Rasta Healthy Treats.” Princeton continues to motivate me since the start of my business.
I would like to show recognition to Marsha Chamberlain an amazing woman I met four years ago while teaching with Broward County School District. Marsha Chamberlain being the business owner of “Flight 33,” is a business mentor to me.
In addition, I would like to give thanks to my two sons and daughter for keeping me on my toes and encouraging me to strive for my best.
I would like to give recognition to Caprion Thompson the owner of “Zip Love Ministry.” Caprion has been a word of encouragement ever since I met her two years ago. Caprion is the type of person you need on your side, because she will pray and encourage you until your soul is satisfied.
I would also like to recognize Mercedes-Starr Scott a good friend of mine and the owner of “Starr Shine Beauty.” Mercedes has and continues to support Blossoming Futures LLC.
Lastly, I would like to recognize Donovan Smith the owner of “Late Pass LLC.” Donovan is not just my uncle, but he is also a huge motivator behind my success and a great mathematics tutor.