Miriam Frost defies conventional definition. She’s a New Yorker who delivers calm, a mother of two boys who exudes an inner peace, and a former manager of corporate customers who knows nothing but empathy. Miriam Frost is a peaceful soul in a world filled with rage – a light at the end of the day.
Born in New York City, Miriam developed much of her career in the financial services industry working for Fortune 500 companies where she managed customers, relationships and merchants. She raised her two boys (both football stars) in Charlotte, North Carolina before landing a position with First Data in Atlanta. With a passion for fitness, and the ability to multi-task, she managed fitness centers, gyms and studios at nights and on weekends while working a corporate job.
Miriam loved teaching and motivating people to achieve their fitness goals, but something was missing. Searching for answers, she landed in a hot yoga studio. There she witnessed 100 people in identical rows, balanced and posed, leaning into their sense of self and finding peace. This was a world of encouragement focused on goodness and patience. Here time was on hold. The madness gave way to meditation, and stress yielded to the deep stretch of longing muscles. She was hooked by the warmth, the spirit, and the meaning of the yoga experience
That night Miriam committed to opening her own yoga studio, and in May 2017 she retired from her corporate job and got the keys to her 1475 square foot Vinings studio. Stellar Power Yoga was born. The instruction combines mostly vinyasa style yoga and Bikram yoga into a class that adheres to the practice but accommodates the students. Miriam sees her studio as offering more than just yoga. Stellar Yoga is a community of open-minded, judgment-free, and supportive people.
Miriam encourages other entrepreneurs, “if you have the opportunity, don’t let it pass.”
There is a courageous spirit in her heart – a fearlessness that can only result from strong passion, self-confidence and love.
Not surprisingly, Miriam followed her own path to entrepreneurism, and her lessons are invaluable. One important strategy she leveraged was bartering. An entrepreneur needs to be creative in how she deals with suppliers, and even staff. Miriam worked to negotiate deals that favored her and the suppliers – a win-win strategy. She trades classes for website support, newsletter production, social media, and even instructors. She cautions entrepreneurs that when they are bartering to be sure to evaluate the supplier carefully and ensure the other party is legit. “Don’t let your guard down just because money is not being used.”
Miriam used bartering with staff to get started. She brought on three instructors as “partner associates”. Each contributed $1,000 to the company in exchange for a 3% return on their investment. Associates are more than investors and teachers. They are also management sounding boards delivering program and student feedback. With this strategy Miriam not only solved her instructor issues, she also generated investment capital.
In addition to bartering, Miriam leverages free services to gain traction – Facebook, Twitter, website promotions, and ultimately word of mouth advertising to get her messages out. She understands her community and keeps focused on the local opportunities. Importantly, she keeps her studio accessible and supportive of the community. Each month she offers a class to raise money for charity. The studio had a campaign for the homeless, a toy drive for the holidays, and raised money for Alzheimer’s when they learned that a student’s parent was suffering from the disease.
Another unique capital strategy Miriam employed was a pre-membership program. While building out the studio, Miriam went to market with membership opportunities. She priced them in increments that people could afford: 3 months for $300, 6 months for $600, and 12 months for $1,000. Before the studio doors even opened, Miriam received $15,000 in memberships. This was her start-up capital allowing her to open debt-free.
To refine her business plan, Miriam attended the Operation HOPE Entrepreneur Training Program. For 15 weeks she worked with mentors and other entrepreneurs to better define her markets, pricing and growth plans. She finished at the top of the class and was recognized as the “Outstanding Entrepreneur”. Miriam will be participating in the HOPE Global Forum on May 30, 2019 where she will share her story and her success. In 2018 she had a record year for revenue and growth.
Miriam shares her words of wisdom for entrepreneurs.
Find your purpose.
Be a humanitarian.
Be an earth angel and bless other people.
Don’t do it to look good. Do good when no one is looking.
Start slow and do the work yourself first.
When you prosper, be sure to help others prosper.
Miriam has created a judgment-free world – one of inner balance and a quality of life filled with positive energy. Welcome to her passion, her brainchild and her expanding new business – Stellar Yoga.
Visit Miriam, her staff and her community at Stellar Yoga River Village Shopping Center, 3300 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta, Georgia 30339. www.stellar-poweryoga.com
A new era for small business emerged a few years ago and most aspiring entrepreneurs missed it. Still reeling from a decade during which the U.S. experienced a dramatic 36% drop in new start-ups, many prognosticators and small business owners alike were caught unaware and unprepared.
The entrepreneurship game has changed. Google returns 710,000,000 results for “entrepreneurship” and 91,700,000 results for books on entrepreneurship – hardly an indicator of a slowdown, so what’s happening? It’s estimated that nearly 10,000,000 entrepreneurs exist in unexpected places like Ebay, Etsy, Poshmark, and Amazon, where they launch micro-businesses through which they earn all or part of their income. Another 1,000,000 are involved with Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, and Turo. Approximately 10% of the U.S. workforce isn’t tracked as an employee or an entrepreneur. More than 25 million Americans are starting or running businesses, and 500,000 new businesses are launched each month.
The gig economy and the rapid rise of independent contractors, freelancers and on-demand workers is leading the US job growth and driving new business opportunities. This is the future. 50% of the Gen Z members say they will launch their own business, and the existence of the marketplaces and entrepreneur platforms reinforces that possibility. Entrepreneurship opportunities are more available than ever.
In this era of possibilities, and new models of business, sage advice from an old nursery rhyme seems most appropriate.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses
And all the King’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Humpty Dumpty, stunned and shattered, serves as an icon for entrepreneurship and resilience, and his lessons withstand time.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall because there was one. Eliminate all walls and obstructions, emotional, physical and intellectual. The comfort of a wall provides a safe space for an entrepreneur who must embrace change, risk and courage.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. Entrepreneurship epitomizes vulnerability. It is uncomfortable, often results in failure, and is judged constantly. Courage and fear meet at the crossroads of entrepreneurship. There are those nagging walls and emotional hurdles that require terrifying confidence and commitment. Entrepreneurs fall.
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. Recovering from a fall can’t ever be delegated. Entrepreneurs get back in the game. No matter how shattered, an entrepreneur puts the pieces together again, and often in new and more resilient ways. Entrepreneurs survive the fall and learn from the experience.
Humpty Dumpty’s story of complacency, risk, failure, and recovery is a story of entrepreneurship. Traversing the walls, falling from complacency, leaning into vulnerability, viewing the world from the bottom while aspiring for the top, recovering gracefully, and facing an uncertain future is the world of entrepreneurship. Are you ready?