Jessica Champion recently opened her own mental health and family therapy clinic, Champion Family Therapy, in Eugene, Oregon.
Like many small business owners, Jessica wanted to start her own business in an industry that she'd worked in for years. But, she didn't have a business background. “The reason that I sought out learning about business was so I could do the therapeutic work—and get other people doing therapeutic work with me,” says Jessica. “I think the identity around being a business owner is something that is evolving, and will continue to evolve.”
Jessica had worked as a therapist for over 16 years, building her experience at nonprofits, at a university, and then going into private practice. “Throughout that entire time you know, I always had a vision of maybe doing something like this one day,” says Jessica.
“I think the identity around being a business owner is something that is evolving, and will continue to evolve.”
However, making the move from private practice to starting a clinic felt like a big jump. She had loads of experience in the field, but no experience in business. If you don't have a business background, how do you go from industry expert to small business owner?
“I had put the idea on the back burner,” said Jessica. But, an investor who was familiar with her work sought her out. “She approached me and said, I think that you should start a clinic,” says Jessica. From there, it was a matter of a push in the right direction, to actually get her idea off the ground. “We thought, well, what would we really need to do to make this happen?” says Jessica.