In honor of Entrepreneurship Month, we’re highlighting young professionals in our community who made their dreams a reality.
Just a few short years ago, Chirag Shah was an FSU grad with a dream of creating something of his own. Now, his marketing firm The Current Agency is rapidly growing in both size and client base.
What was your “I made it” or “this is going to work” moment?
It was a day over the summer of 2018 when I looked out of my office into the rest of the space and saw my team working together and smiling, where I decided to go back to school to get my master’s degree. Because of my team’s full support, I achieved this personal milestone of graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design with an M.A. in Creative Business Leadership.
What has been your proudest moment?
On April 20, 2018, we hosted a grand opening event for our new office while celebrating four years in business. Before this event, my family wanted me to take over the family business, where income was more guaranteed. However, I kindly declined because I wanted to create my legacy rather than have one passed on to me based on someone else’s merits. At this event, I had my entire family together to see what I did for the first time in-person. Shortly after, they finally understood and gave me full support without any more doubt.
Describe entrepreneurship in one word.
Biggest career achievement?
To open up a satellite office in Savannah, GA, back on February 20, 2020, and continue growing it remotely in this Covid world.
Biggest career fail?
Rushing into getting a storefront and not considering a co-working space/community in the beginning days.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
To be known as one of the best hospitality and tourism marketing agencies locally, statewide, and throughout the nation.
Tallahassee is opportunity.
Opportunity to get a great degree at FSU.
Opportunity to step outside my comfort zone and become an entrepreneur.
Opportunity to be a part of the next generation to keep Tallahassee moving forward.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone starting out?
Get a mentor. Mentors fine-tune and transform your vision. They provide ideas, thoughts, and insights that challenge and enable you to see beyond your sphere of influence.