Pop Quiz, Monday with Carolyn Pinta

The Pop Quiz, Monday is a fun little exam that we love to give to savvy business owners. The examination is not a surprise after all since the interviewee already knew about the questions in advance. However, we can always pretend and have fun with the scenario of a young entrepreneur sitting in class nervously biting on their pencil. They are ready to take a pop quiz on a chapter that they were supposed to read the night before. Instead, they played Metroid all night on their SNES (Oops, this was me in high school). The real purpose of the pop quiz is that this is a fun way to introduce business tips from real-world experiences that you can not learn in a classroom. We want to thank our entrepreneur for being a good sport and volunteering their time to answer a few questions to help our community grow from their knowledge.
I want to introduce you to our guest today who will be taking our Pop Quiz Monday.

1. Can you please tell everyone your name?
My name is Carolyn Pinta and I am the director of The Pinta Pride Project.

2. Tell us about your business and what you do?
The Pinta Pride Project is a non profit that is raising the money to throw a pride parade annually in Buffalo Grove, our home town, and also to provide learning/acceptance opportunities in the community such as rallies and vigils.

3. Why did you want to become an entrepreneur?
I’m a teacher and never envisioned becoming a business owner. When my 12 year old daughter, Molly, came out as a lesbian and asked my husband and I to help her throw a pride parade, we couldn’t pass it up!

4. What are the challenging aspects of running a business?
The most challenging part of running this non profit is that it is based on something that can be controversial and although 99% of the folks we have encountered are excited about it, there is that small percentage that want to tell us what horrible parents we are and how we are leading our daughter down the path to the devil, LOL. Also, there are many people with many opinions about how things should be said or done surrounding an issue that folks are quite passionate about, so that can be difficult.

5. What do you love most about your job?
There are so many rewarding parts of running this non profit, but the most exciting is when we hear that our project has helped another young member of the LGBTQ community feel seen, loved and accepted. It is the ultimate goal for us to normalize being gay and Buffalo Grove has been excited and invested in the project. As a teacher, I have heard from many, many former students who have come out as gay and now have their own families. They are grateful for the work and this makes us to very happy! On top of it all, many parents throw their kids Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and we get to throw our daughter a gorgeous Coming Out Parade! How unique is that??

6. How do you have fun at work (team building, pranks, etc..)?
We have fun at work with the events that we plan and run. One of the most exciting was a National Coming Out Day Celebration where we raised funds for the cause through a raffle, had rainbow photo opps, dinner and watched the lovely gay teen romance, Love, Simon as a big community group. The Pinta Family has a great time making as many coming out jokes on a daily basis as possible and we are lucky that in our house it is all fun and games because we love our daughter and embrace her sexuality.

7. What would one piece of advice that you give to a new business owner?
Within reason, you must take some risks and think of it as an adventure! Sometimes the craziest leaps lead to the most extraordinary things. After all, our entire project began with a video of Molly coming out to our community on our Facebook page and look what it has become!

Thank you for taking our pop quiz today. You get an A+ for effort. You can learn more about our interviewee and their business by visiting them on the web:


Author: Ricky Singh, MBA

Editor of The Startup Growth.

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