Roderick has a very diverse + eclectic work history. His professional experience has seen him in the pharmaceutical industry, arbitrary work, and even designing, marketing, and selling his own clothing brand. Because of Roderick’s professional resume, intangible attributes, and immense involvement in his community, his mentor pushed him toward workforce development. Roderick had great relationships with the businesses in his community as well as the people who made up the community and dove headfirst into the industry. For the past five years, he has been in workforce development, leveraging his relationships with small businesses and community leaders to help those who have trouble getting their foot in the door. Roderick’s inclination to develop relationships + help others led him directly to the creation of his company, Innovation Academy.
What is your business? We are a workforce training school that offers hands-on programming to prepare individuals for career opportunities.
Who are your clients? Innovative Academy primarily partners with new small business owners and trains young adults with disabilities as well as at-risk students.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I’ve been involved in business for as long as I can remember. I think my major inspiration comes from watching the hard work my parents put in as I grew up and desiring economic development within my community.
What are some business wins? The ability to give back $50,000 to kids in my community + creating jobs for the people around me are monumental wins.
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult has provided a cool place for me to meet clients + train students.
What are your short-term goals? For the foreseeable future, I want to continue to mature Innovative Academy by building more relationships with businesses in Polk + Hillsborough county.
Three wishes for your business? For this company to outlive me, for every client we come encounter to develop into something great, and to find the perfect balance between my personal life and work life.
Why Lakeland? Lakeland has experienced immense growth since I first got involved in the city and everyone supports each other. The community spirit may be the best I’ve ever witnessed.
What is your Secret Sauce? I can’t tell you, it’s a secret.
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