Sakura Spotlight Series: Mitchell Cote-Sawyer
Spotlight Series Q&A for Entrepreneurs
Mitchell Cote-Sawyer has always known that he didn’t want to be a typical employee at a huge company. Born with the entrepreneurial spirit, He knew he was destined to be in charge. Instead of being under some corporate umbrella, he thrives on helping others run their businesses effectively. We can totally relate Mitchell!
- Tell us a little bit about your business and what you do.
I am a brand consultant and work with numerous start-ups in the fashion & hospitality industries. I help with everything from business development to PR to talent acquisition. Basically, I help companies find new ways to bring in customers, find their “identity” and position themselves for growth within their given market.
- What made you aspire to be an entrepreneur?
My father owned a own business, so I grew up with that “entrepreneur” mentality. I was never really a fan of that corporate America 9-5 BS.
- What is the one thing you wish you had known before starting your own business?
The same thing that inspired me to want to become an entrepreneur! As much as I don’t like that corporate America structure, I feel like it’s something everyone should experience. I never really experienced corporate America, as I have always worked with small businesses until I started consulting. There’s something about the corporate structure that’s hard to learn if you have never worked in it and having that experience can give you a different insight into the business world.
- What are the aspects of your business that you enjoy the most?
I enjoy interacting with all of my clients. I only work with clients whose products I truly believe in, but the feeling of getting that call/email from a random company saying you’ve been recommended by a previous client is a beautiful feeling because you know how much hard work you’ve put in and that it is paying off.
- What do you love doing in your free time to refuel and have fun?
I’m a HUGE foodie and love to experience new restaurants or culinary experiences. I feel like LA has become the best food city in the US! I also greatly enjoy the theatre, art, ballet, and ALL LA sporting events. Although LA doesn’t have as much great theatre like NY, the live music/concerts here definitely make up for it.