There’s definitely something fantastic about organizations that aim to empower girls and women and Skate Like a Girl is no exception. Through skateboard-related programs and a whole lot of support, this grassroots business is committed to being all-inclusive, with an emphasis on diversity. Is it any wonder Skate Like a Girl was your Totally Awesome pick for best kids sports classes in Seattle?
Nancy Chang has been volunteering with Skate Like a Girl since 2006 and in addition to acting as Board Chair, is also the teen program coordinator in Redmond and a pretty fab skater herself. Here’s Nancy’s take on the Totally Awesome Skate Like a Girl, the importance of community, and more:
Red Tricycle: Congratulations on being “Most Awesome” by your community! What do think your customers value most about your business?
Nancy Chang: Our supporters value the opportunity to skateboard in an inclusive community that supports everyone’s desire to learn and improve.
RT: What inspired you to start your business?
NC: Skate Like a Girl began as a response to a community need for structured opportunities to learn to skateboard!
RT: Any advice for new business owners just getting started?
NC: New business owners should look for opportunities to get in the community and demonstrate their commitment to building healthy and fun communities.
RT: Can you give us one tip for balancing entrepreneurship with parenthood?
NC: I’m not a parent, but I would say build a community of support.
RT: What is your proudest moment as a business owner or parent?
NC: My proudest moment with Skate Like a Girl was having the community coming together to celebrate the Youth Employment Skateboarding program – it included City of Seattle officials, families of our 12 and Under skaters, Skate Like a Girl volunteers, and the parents of our Youth Employment Skateboarding members.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
NC: We’re offering a Red Tricycle Reader’s Deal—a 2 hour birthday party for up to 10 skaters for $100. (Normally it is $100 for 1 hour.)