Today we’d like to introduce you to Carson Lunsford.
Carson, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA, which is about an hour away from Seattle. I have to specify because not too many people have heard of it. I grew mostly with my angel of a mom, Delicia. I use the word “angel” because I truly mean it. After she gave birth to me, she dedicated her life to protect me, console me and care for me.
By the time my senior year of high school came around, I knew I needed a change of scenery. Tacoma taught me a lot, but I needed more sun in my life. I am what some would call a “sun-chaser.” 18 years of gray skies and rain was enough for me. After one visit to San Diego State University, I knew San Diego was where I wanted to be.
I enrolled into SDSU as a Civil Engineering major. At SDSU, classes were difficult but believed that once I finished, it would all be worth it. Specifically, the potential salary would be worth it. I found great student organizations like the Student African-American Brotherhood and National Society of Black Engineers. These are the places where I was able to gain leadership, communication and critical thinking skills.
Spring 2018, I was months into an engineering internship for a large engineering company. One day in April I sat at my desk and felt uneasy. I enjoyed working in Downtown San Diego, co-workers were great, and I felt that I was in a place many would love to be in. I spent six quality months there. However, I took some time to reflect and realize that there is a big difference between six months and potentially 40 years.
After my hands-on experience and observations, I realized that I am not meant to be an engineer. I decided on pursuing a Public Administration degree because I really feel as though my interests align with the profession. It also possess business practices that can help me with my company, Advocate 2 Elevate.
Advocate 2 Elevate launched July 23, 2018, my mom’s birthday. In 2017, I fell in love with the word “advocate.” I love the word so much that I insert #iAdvocate into my social media posts. When I started doing that I thought of it was a personal brand, but not necessarily a business.
Advocacy is such a powerful word that can lead to positive effects. While I was still doing my internship, I began to seriously think about entrepreneurship and question how my skills can be profitable, but more importantly, help others. Advocate 2 Elevate is my answer.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I am still in the start-up phase, so I would being lying if I said there has not been challenges. I am still learning about marketing analytics. I am also learning to deal with the responsibility of being a full-time student and an entrepreneur simultaneously.
My degree is my top my priority, but working on my business is very enjoyable… My time management has definitely been tested. I knew that becoming an entrepreneur would be tough and time-consuming, but I still make time for self-care and keep consistent contact with people who truly support me and hold me accountable.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Advocate 2 Elevate story. Tell us more about the business.
Advocate 2 Elevate’s mission is to be proactive in helping engineer quality livelihood in people, businesses and communities.
I am the sole proprietor of this company. Services include business promotion, consultation, network facilitation, and life-wellness assistance. We also sell Advocate 2 Elevate apparel and novelty items online at www.a2estore.bigcartel.com.
We are open to working with anyone whose business or project follows our “Pillars 2 Elevation”: Diversity.Empathy.Stability.Change. We want to help make our client’s next event or project incredible with the “A 2 E Affect.”
Despite my sole-proprietor status, I use the word “we” because this is a company for the people. It is a for-profit company with a non-profit feel to it. I want to see everyone elevate. #iAdvocate2Elevate
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck or what I would call “God’s Plan” has definitely been a factor for me. There are so many opportunities I have been able to take advantage of that are not available everyone.
I believe that we increase our chances for success when we network and genuinely engage with people. For example, Ronald Williams is the man who helped create my company’s logo. We met through a mutual friend of ours, Goz. If I do not have a relationship with Goz, I may not have a logo that I am proud of.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/a2epromotions/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A2EPromotions/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/a2epromotions
- Other: https://a2estore.bigcartel.com/
Student African-American Brotherhood – SDSU, Lyn Scott, Ronald Williams, Pette Vilanueva