Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Howard.
Hi Greg, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up on the east side of Detroit, MI. I attended and lettered in football at M.L. King, Jr Senior High School, class of 2003. After high school, I went on to attended Lane College for 2’1/2 on football scholarship, majoring in Economics and Secondary Education. I later transferred to Bethel University on football scholarship and that is where I earn my bachelor’s degree in Economics. I then went on to earn a master’s degree in Education Administration. I have been in educator for 151/2 years and an entrepreneur for 12 years. In the education profession, I was a teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant principal. My love for being an entrepreneur started when I began as a partner in a small tax office. The knowledge I gained drove me to open up my own tax company known as EdXact Tax Prep. Our goal has been to not only prepare taxes but help educate our community on financial literacy. Our reach has expanded throughout the country as we have offices in Detroit, MI, and Memphis, TN. Currently, I have slightly switched my focus to the real estate industry by investing in properties that are in semi-blighted areas of Detroit. My goal has been to rehab this home and provide affording/quality housing for members in the community. I want to give them something to be proud of when they go home.
We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My journey hasn’t been an easy path. My last years in high school and during college my mom battled with cervical cancer, and during college, she battled with breast cancer. As a teenager, that’s a lot to deal with because you don’t know what is going to happen to the person you love. This put a burden on my dad because he had to carry more of the load at home. But, by the grace of God, she persevered and beat both of them. Another struggle came when I lost my dad in 2018. He died during surgery on his broken leg at St. John hospital. His unexpected death hit me hard. My family helped me heal and get back on track.
When it comes to business, there have been a few challenges. Early on one of the challenges have been finding good mentors to assist with me with growing my business. There is a lot of information out here on the internet, but having someone to guide you through these ups and downs are really helpful. My new goal has been to be a mentor to inspiring business owners. I will assist them in developing business plans, setting up their business structure, building business credit, and even teach them how to get startup funds for their business.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m an educator (Assistant Principal)
Entrepreneur (Owner of EdXact Tax Prep, G. Spicer Enterprises LLC, Co-owner of Tri-County Landscaping of SE Michigan)
Real Estate Investor (3200 Property Management)
I’m proud of the things I’ve been able to accomplish. I’m proud that I am able to give back to my family and others. Uplifting others in my community is major for me.
My passion for wanting to see everyone win sets me apart from others. I enjoy teaching people what I know, especially if it can help them and their business grow in any way. I believe in lifting as we climb.
Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
The mind is a powerful tool. We can do anything we put our mind to, as long as we are willing to put the work in that is required.
Never be afraid to ask people questions. If it’s something that you are interested in doing, find a way to get close to the person who is doing it and ask questions. I’ve never been afraid to ask someone a question about something I’m interested in.
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