Michelle Cully, Xpressman Trucking and Courier, Randolph, MA
Born of Necessity
Michelle Cully began her business out of necessity. She was 23 years old, had no college degree or formal training, and was at the lowest point of her life after leaving an abusive relationship. What she did have was drive and a determination to build something of her own.
With no capital and no plan, Michelle started her delivery company in her parents’ laundry room. She cold called businesses in the phone book and asked them if they would like to use her courier services. She heard “no” many times before someone finally took a chance on her company. With that one “yes”, a pager, maps and many pay phones, Michelle grew her company to be the thriving, nationally-recognized enterprise it is today. Michelle is now a sought after public speaker and will be publishing her first book “High Heels in the Laundry Room” this fall.
How did CWE help?
As a woman new to a male-dominated industry, Michelle knew she needed the support and wisdom of other female entrepreneurs. She sought out CWE as a resource to learn from other women’s stories. She was assigned a mentor who helped validate her accomplishments and encourage her to keep growing. In 2009, Xpressman became a certified woman-owned business through CWE’s certification program on behalf of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.
Advice for other entrepreneurs?
Special thanks to CWE volunteer writer, Deb Thomas.
- Just do it. The timing will never be perfect. If you have a passion and you have an idea...make it happen. It is an amazing feeling to accomplish something on your own that you know you have built.
- Some of the best lessons we can learn come from failure. Dust yourself off, move on and make it work.
- If it were easy everyone would do it! Hard work will pay off. Anything is possible if you believe in yourself.