Episode 5

Published on:

2nd Feb 2022

S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk - Episode 5 - Annie Godfrey

Episode Description: 

Annie Godfrey is an experienced entrepreneur/small business owner of Waterworks Laundry in Newark, New Jersey. She and her husband started the business in 2007, while Annie remained in her corporate career in Human Resources at the time. Due to organizational restructuring, she took the plunge into full-time business ownership in 2018. Now, she is on a journey to empower the youth, creating businesses that the community needs, and providing services that separate her from the competition. In this episode of S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk, Annie sits down with J Haleem and takes a deep dive into the subject of entrepreneurship. 

Show Notes: 

3:07 - J Haleem Welcomes Annie to the Show

4:20 - Annie talks about the beginning of WaterWorks, established 2007

6:34 - Annie speaks on transitional moments in her business

8:08 - J Haleem and Annie discuss the differences in workforce generations and their behavior in the workplace

10:02 - Annie’s thoughts on creating a business people need versus following trends

11:57 - That moment when you would use your services

14:33 - The “Shock” Factor when customers discover WaterWorks is black-owned

16:57 - J Haleem speaks on the importance of being able to articulate your business

22:00 - Annie speaks on the importance of listening to young people

24:33 - J Haleem asks Annie to define “victory,” and what it means to her

29:07 - J Haleem speaks on his HBCU experience with entrepreneurship

30:16 - Annie’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

34:42 - Annie speaks on the danger of business being “under” capitalized

38:35 - The importance of partnerships & the limitations on free money

41:26 - Volunteering - the way to serve to learn

48:02 - What S.T.A.R.V.E. means to Annie

52:06 - J Haleem gives Annie her flowers

To connect with Annie: 

Websites: https://www.waterworkslaundry.com


Instagram: @waterworkslaundry 

Facebook: 970Bergen 

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About the Podcast

S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk (Stand Tall And Reclaim Victory Everyday)
This podcast shares tips, thoughts, and ideas on how to build and successful platform by overcoming challenges and going from Surviving to thriving. Featured guests have overcome struggles and built a career or business by Standing Tall A Reclaiming Victory Everyday.

To learn more: visit, www.iwontstarve.com. Follow J Haleem & I Won't Starve on all social media outlets, @iamjhaleem @iwontstarve. Subscribe to the YouTube channel, S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk

About your host

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J Haleem Washington

J Haleem went from working for $8.00 an hour at the Hampton Inn, to earning 6 figures as a Commercial Photographer in just a few years. He was able to accomplish all this while being a convicted felon. While working for $8.00 an hour he developed his mantra #I Won’t Starve which was the catalyst for him to leave his job after only one year. Over his career, he’s been able to work with international brands like Nike, Save The Children Foundation, NFL, Amtrak & The WNBA.

Since then, he has become pardoned, and now is a best-selling author and motivational speaker. J Haleem uses the #I Won’t Starve message to encourage and motivate students, entrepreneurs and career-oriented individuals. His goal is to inspire you to build a platform to ensure that U Won’t Starve.