After twenty years in corporate America, Anson Stuart was feeling burnt out. “I figured if I was going to be working so hard, I should be doing it for myself,” Stuart recalls.
So in 2016, he took matters into his own hands. Anson struck it out on his own with Stuart Architecture, a full-service architecture design firm with offices in Lauderhill, Sunrise, and Miami, Florida. Stuart utilized his Capital on Tap Business Credit Card to make his dream come true and establish himself as a role model for young black architects.
A laptop and a dream.
“I started with a laptop and a dream,” Anson says. “The dream was simply to be self-sufficient. I feel like I am in a unique position as a black architect to serve as a role model to young minority grade school students who may not know about my wonderful profession. Representation is so important.”
In his high school drafting class, Anson was inspired by a speaker from Florida A&M University who represented a life and career that he didn’t know was available to him. Not only did he realize his dream was to become an architect, he realized the importance of representation at a young age.
“Prior to that moment, I had not been exposed to the profession or an architect,” Anson recollects. “The moment he began to speak, I knew that’s what I wanted to do. That’s what exposure does. It is so critical.”
Like most small business owners, Anson is driven by a challenge. “I love architecture because we get to turn our client’s ideas into reality. It is such a challenging profession but is so rewarding. It is my goal to challenge and change the paradigm of architecture firm culture. Ultimately, I want to create a working environment that encourages creativity, celebrates diversity and is both nourishing and rewarding.”
Anson proudly belongs to several organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), and Black Architects in the Making (BAM). These groups work to increase visibility by reaching out to minority students and educating them on the profession and contributions of minority architects.
Growing Stuart Architecture with the Capital on Tap Business Credit Card
Anson has been a Capital on Tap Business Credit Card holder since last year. With 1.5% cashback, no annual fees, and low interest rates, Stuart has enjoyed the support and security that his card provides for his business. “I absolutely love the leverage that the card has provided to me,” Anson says. “and a much needed cushion with access to capital.”
As he enters his sixth year in the business, Anson is looking to expand into other markets and offer multi-family affordable housing to those who need it. “[We] are in the process of establishing offices in Atlanta, GA and Chicago, Illinois,” he writes. Stuart says this expansion would not have been possible without a reliable line of credit. “I would not be able to scale my business and be opening in different markets without this platform.”
Benefits such as $50,000 credit limits, unlimited employee cards, and redeeming points for gift cards at a discounted rate, allow businesses like Stuart Architecture to stay true to their values, expand into burgeoning markets, and increase the presence of new and diverse voices in the architecture community.
If your small business is ready to grow, you can apply for the Capital on Tap Business Credit Card, issued by WebBank, in just 2 minutes. You and your business can enjoy the security and support that has allowed Stuart Architecture to thrive in a crowded marketplace.
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