Beyond the Balance Sheet
MyKitta Davis's Blueprint for Entrepreneurial Resilience

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In a sacred, warmly lit room surrounded by the hum of a loving household, MyKitta Davisʼs entrepreneurial journey began—not with a grand opening or a ribbon-cutting ceremony but with quiet determination for a side hustle started in 2016. Amid the family chaos, MyKittaʼs dreams of Everyday365 Clothing took shape, stitched together like the garments she would soon sell, each thread a testament to her resilience.

Side hustle to full-time job

For years, MyKittaʼs entrepreneurial spirit bubbled as a secondary pursuit, a companion to her day job. She was a practical steward of her finances, living a life punctuated by savvy saving habits and a thorough budget—a lifestyle that would later inform her business judgment. But it wasn’t until the birth of her son in 2020 that MyKittaʼs aspirations turned into a concrete vision. Motherhood didn’t just bring new life into her world; it breathed life into her entrepreneurial dreams.

The year 2021 began with promise that soon unfolded into an opportunity that would pivot her life’s trajectory. A pop-up event meant to be a small venture into the entrepreneurial landscape multiplied into $10,000 in sales in three short days. The success was electrifying, and MyKitta’s potential was undeniable. Within three months, Everyday365 Clothing moved from a temporary pop-up to a kiosk with a permanent address, an anchor in the gracefulness of mall traffic. 

As customers flocked and sales climbed, MyKitta found herself riding a wave of rapid growth—a wave that threatened to peak and break with little warning. The demand outpaced supply; the hours in the day bled away, and the complexities of scaling a business became a tangible, pressing reality. It was a reality that her early financial discipline had not fully prepared her for. August and September bore the brunt of this explosive growth, and with it came the blunt revelation of her business’s financial vulnerabilities.

Financial road blocks

While seeking business funding, MyKitta collided with the harsh truth of her inexperience. Lenders asked for proof of income, records of stability—documents that her young enterprise couldn’t robustly provide. Her reliance on personal credit, a crutch born from necessity and lack of knowledge, had become an affliction around her neck. It was a moment of reckoning, a harsh teacher whispering that perhaps, if she had the chance to do it all again, she would not have leapt so soon, not without the parachute of business credit knowledge.

The revelation did not defeat her; instead, it encouraged her to move forward. MyKittaʼs response was not to retreat but to reinvent. She diversified her income, welcomed other vendors under her wing and intertwined her entrepreneurial fabric with new, stronger threads. This period was marked not only by financial strategies but also by an education in the degrees of credit, investment and the leveraging of assets. She became a financial advisor, a role that improved her expertise and deepened her determination to not only succeed but to educate.

Her store, while successful, was a vessel for a larger mission—a mission that, by yearʼs end, would see its physical doors close but its impact resonate more profoundly. As MyKitta made the decision to reenter the workforce, it was not with a sense of defeat but with a strategy to build anew, with greater wisdom and a strong network of support.

Lessons learned and future inspiration 

MyKittaʼs journey, rich with lessons and full of courage, evolved into inspiration for others. She stands as a model embodying that knowledge is power. Her social media became a channel for her message, a platform from which she could broadcast the hard-earned truths of her experiences. 

The story of MyKitta Davis is not just a chronicle of business endeavors; it is a narrative of personal transformation and common uplifting. It serves as a call to those standing at the edge of their dreams to those entangled in the attraction of quick wins and fast growth. Her tale underscores the imperative of preparation, the value of patience and the immeasurable worth of a lesson learned not in the abstract but through the reality of experience.

As MyKitta reflects on her path, she envisions a future where her insights pave the way for others. She imagines a society where financial empowerment is woven into the fabric of education, where dreams are not deferred by economic inexperience but supported by a platform of fiscal wisdom. It is a future where the next generation of entrepreneurs can stand on the shoulders of those who came before, reaching new heights, not despite their predecessors but because of them.

In the story of MyKitta Davis, we find not just a business narrative but a human story. It is a journey that spans the spectrum of emotion—from the strong rush of success to the sobering moments of reflection. Her legacy is etched not in the ledger books of business but in the lives she has touched and the minds she has enlightened. It is a legacy that speaks not of the end but of a new beginning, a continuous journey toward financial empowerment and the unyielding pursuit of a dream. ::

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Tawonda Burks

Tawonda serves as director of Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI) and leader of ELOCINA. Her personal mission is to spread financial literacy, empowering individuals with knowledge to make informed economic decisions.

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