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A Moment with an EDTP Graduate: Meet Xiomara Babilonia-Still

Posted on 3/1/2016 by Ray Lamboy in LAEDA News

Xiomara Babilonia-Still is an Artist, Owner of XS Artistry, and a graduate of LAEDA’s Entrepreneurial Development Training Program. We had a chance to sit down with her to ask her about her experience with entrepreneurship and LAEDA’s training program.

Entrepreneurship is a very challenging path to take, with many different possible directions. What made you decide to become an entrepreneur? Why did you choose the beautician industry?
“The need to want to supplement my income and use skills that I already had is what motivated me to be an entrepreneur. I have been an artist for my entire life and an art teacher for 12 years. I provided face painting for my family and friends free of charge. I had a passion for this and wanted to have extra income. Therefore, I decided to turn my passion into a business that I can call my soul source of income.   
You mentioned that going to your best friends daughters birthday motivated you to market your business on Facebook. Can you talk a little bit more about this?
“After successfully painting my best friend’s daughter’s face for her birthday. My best friend was so pleased with me that she recommended that I should do this as a business. Afterward, I posted on Facebook: “If anyone is interested in face painting for birthday parties and event’s contact me.

You mentioned that you went to school to become an art teacher to further your success in the industry of artistry. Can you talk a little bit more about this?
“When I went to school and became an Art teacher for Camden City Public Schools and then went to University of Arts in Philadelphia for graduate school; where I realized I needed a lot more experience on how to run a business. Afterward, a friend of mine recommended me too subscribe to LEADA’s mailing list. Then through regular emails I learned about the Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP). After learning about the EDTP Program I knew I had to take this course because doing so would be perfect for me in order to learn about business.”
Can you talk a little bit about the Entrepreneurial Development Training Program? How did it help you out?
“Definitely enjoyed the program aside from great professional instructors and the classmates I learned a lot. I learned all the ins and outs of running a business and learned things I didn’t know I needed to do. Taking this program better prepared me on how to run a business. I am glad I took the EDTP because it lifted a weight off my shoulder on how to prepare a business plan because without it there is no guidance and you have no documentation to track your business. The business plan allows you to analyze the business and really pick it apart. It is a continuous challenge on how to go about starting a business while still working a full time job and taking care of my family and household. I overcame this challenge by holding onto my passion and motivation that I had for my startup. Afterward, when I saw my business grow from one year to the other; it motivated me even more to continue working on my startup with the passion I had for it. I was able to build great relationships with my clients because of the knowledge I obtained through taking the EDTP in which I also learned to keep detailed and accurate track of books. All this knowledge helped me to better service my clients and to perform my tasks in a systemic way. 
Could you tell me a little about where your business is today?
“Well my business is really growing. I work with subcontractors because these artists allow me to cover more parties. If I cannot make it to all the parties because I have a party to cover myself then my subcontractors cover them for me. “It’s a me, myself and I business; I don’t have any employees.”

Do you have any advice for future (or existing) entrepreneurs?
“Be ready to use all of your time. It is time consuming. If you want your business to succeed and flourish you have to dedicate a lot of time to it. Have family support because without it, it may not be possible. Have to sacrifice a lot and at the same time find a balance.”
Xiomara Babilonia-Still completed Entrepreneurial Development Training Program in.  Congratulations to Xiomara Babilonia-Still for completing EDTP and recommitting to your journey on the path of entrepreneurship. If you’d like to learn more about Xiomara Babilonia-Still and her business, please visit her on her website at www.xsartistry.com.
The Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP) is a free, nine week business skills training course offered in Camden, NJ in the Winter, Spring, and Fall each year. Qualified entrepreneurs receive 72+ hours of training from industry professionals, business planning, and one year of technical assistance. Apply online at www.LAEDA.com.