Boost for women who want to start a business

Posted at 4:38 PM, Aug 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 20:54:53-04

There's a new opportunity that could give San Diego women a boost in starting their own businesses.

Rebecca Tall-Brown knows what it's like to have a boss. 

"I interned like crazy and I wanted to see what was out there, and what did I want to do myself," she said. 

Then, Tall-Brown struck out on her own, creating a branding agency called Office of Awesome. Being in charge, after all, is in her blood.

"I come from a line of four generations of entrepreneurs, and I'm the first to be a female," she said. 

Tall-Brown said that presented its own unique challenges.

"You ask for permission a lot, maybe whereas sometimes other entrepreneurs just jump in," she said. 

Now, Tall-Brown's helping other women start their own businesses at Hera Hub, a Sorrento Valley coworking space geared toward women. It's named after a powerful goddess from Greek mythology. 

It just got a $30,000 grant from the city to help other female entrepreneurs get off the ground. The money will go to more scholarships for women to take its training courses and host other programs. 

"The most important thing is how are you going to fund that growth, so we actually give you access to angel investors, to people who can lend you money, to actually help you grow that business," said Sylvia Mah, Hera Hub's co-founder. 

Tall-Brown continues to grow her business at Hera Hub. She said she continues to learn.

"You don't have to ask permission all the time," Tall-Brown said. "But once in a while it's great to have someone who shoves you out the door and says get out there and kick some butt."