Hope Blankenship: Small Business Growth and Entrepreneurial Story
In today’s episode of the Grow My Accounting Practice Podcast, we have the pleasure of hosting Hope Blankenship, the founder of To the Rescue Bookkeeping. Hope shares her insights on the age-old question for entrepreneurs – does work-life balance truly exist for bookkeepers? As a seasoned professional in the field, Hope dives into the intricacies of balancing the demands of entrepreneurship with a fulfilling personal life.
One of the key highlights of our conversation centers around what makes To the Rescue Bookkeeping unique in the competitive landscape. Hope sheds light on the distinctive aspects of her business model, emphasizing the importance of ethical practices and how she became a certified fraud examiner to set her services apart. She also discusses the challenges and triumphs of moving her bookkeeping business across the country, sharing valuable lessons for those considering a similar leap.
As a bookkeeping entrepreneur who started solo and evolved into a manager, Hope Blankenship reflects on the essential qualities needed to thrive in the field. From managing growth to overcoming challenges, she provides valuable insights for aspiring bookkeepers looking to build their own successful ventures. Tune in to this episode for a deep dive into the unique journey of Hope Blankenship and To the Rescue Bookkeeping.
Hope Blankenship’s journey, from South Carolina to Alaska and ultimately settling in Biloxi, MS, fueled her passion for the entrepreneurial thrill, inspired by her parents who were also small business owners. With a natural talent for management, she founded To the Rescue Bookkeeping in 2007. Her achievements include earning the SBA Young Entrepreneur of Mississippi award in 2010 and gaining national recognition as one of the Top 60 accounting firms by the Woodard Institute.
Her commitment to growth is evident in her completion of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program. She received the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Volunteer Excellence Award from the Business Association Leadership Council, earning recognition as one of the top 5 Small Business Advocates in 2023.
In 2019, she became a certified fraud examiner, emphasizing ethical business practices. Beyond her career, Hope, a proud mother of three, actively contributes to her Biloxi community through church service and involvement in organizations like the United MSD Foundation and Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.
In every facet of her life, Hope Blankenship embodies entrepreneurship, community service, and leadership – a true Small Business Champion and Community Leader.