Sun Serial: A Mother’s Journey | Part 22 — The Pleasant Street exit

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Editor’s note: Since September, Worcester Sun has chronicled the trials, tribulations and triumphs of Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores as she explores ways to help her daughter and other Worcester families find affordable educational support and assistance. We used to describe her as an aspiring business owner; now, she’s an inspiring one, a full-fledged director of a nonprofit tutoring collaborative that began officially in late January. Her journey, though, is far from over.

Inspiration isn’t always found in between the layers of research entrepreneurs shuffle through while trying to build the master plan of their business or during the sleepless nights filled with brainstorming. Instead, it can be found through the connections made by promoting and networking the business.

A startup, to me, is like your first born.

It is a young, highly ambitious bundle of ideas, packaged into a delicate wrap of blood, sweat and tears, and while no one outside your network can truly understand the magic behind this first born … you can. You can see its potential to be innovative, to create change and ultimately fill the empty space of human need.

Samantha Butera has joined the Hub team.

Courtesy Samantha Butera

Samantha Butera has joined the Hub team.

And while you’re pouring your time and energy into this ever-evolving idea, it is hard to imagine that anyone could share that same level of dedication and determination to make this intangible something into a viable product or service with an enormous platform of potential. But every so often, the world of networking brings you in contact with someone who not only shares the same vision, but also has the skill sets to help launch your startup into the next phase.

Read Giselle’s most recent chapter, The momentum conundrum, or scroll down to catch up from somewhere earlier in her journey.

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