Vanessa Terry

by Terry Watson | January 24th, 2020
Vanessa Terry

Vanessa Terry

Vanessa Terry of Richmond, Virginia is a dynamic businesswoman who enjoys sharing her knowledge and wisdom with her community and abroad. She is an entrepreneur who owns several businesses in Richmond and the surrounding areas, and still finds a balance between family and work. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York and born to immigrant parents. She learned at an early age the value of hard work and endurance. She is also someone who values building productive relationships with individuals and organizations, all with the intention of impacting the world for a better good.

Vanessa is also the founder of Enhancing Education, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. It began in 2012 in Richmond, Virginia with the mission of providing supplemental supplies and materials to schools and students. Her organization also interacts directly with teachers and students to provide additional services such as food, and clothing to the families of students. Enhancing Education holds community events to teach, engage, and encourage residents to positively interact with businesses, organizations and community leaders.

“I started Enhancing Education in 2012 when I realized I could make a difference in the school systems to help but an end to the school to prison pipeline. Many schools are underfunded and lack the resources needed to provide an adequate education. In addition, many of the students attending these schools are coming from poverty-stricken environments with greater needs that if met would allow the student to positively perform in the classroom,” she shares.
Vanessa is driven by the positive difference Enhancing Education is making in the lives of others. “Every time I can provide a service or item, or just give a hug to one of these precious babies, it makes what I do worth every second,” she shares. Vanessa also provides business and life coaching online and notary/signing agent training through an online training platform, Notary2Notary.

Like most entrepreneurs, Vanessa faces several challenges. One of the main challenges she shares is learning the ever-changing technology and marketing systems. “I am a firm believer in that for any business to be successful, it must master the marketing systems and current technology tools available. This is not something that is just learned once, as it changes consistently and one must stay abreast of the changes and adapt their business model to not only keep up with the competition, but to stay ahead dominate their field,” she says.

Vanessa says her children inspire her the most. “They are my ‘why’ when I am exhausted and need to stay up and finish working on a project. I work to provide them with a life of opportunity and options that I was not afforded as a young child. For example, if my children decide to go to college, they will learn how to apply for scholarships, but I also desire to have the capacity to pay for their college tuition to prevent the common hamstringing burden of student loan debt. I am inspired most to give my children options in life.”

Everything Vanessa has endured and every person she has met has added another piece to this puzzle she calls “life”. “My journey is valuable and unique to me, although it has had its up and downs, I wouldn’t change anything except maybe if I could go back and know everything that I know now, when I was 18 years old,” she says.

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