Kate Clark, Cypress Capital

In honor of Entrepreneurship Month, we’re highlighting young professionals in our community who made their dreams a reality.

After working in the local financial industry post graduation, Kate Clark decided to venture out on her own and form her own firm. In just a few years Kate has built Cypress Capital from a one-woman operation to an ever-growing team of experts.

What was your “I made it” or “this is going to work” moment?

When my clients starting asking me why it had taken me this long to open my own firm. That’s when I knew I was making the right decision and everything was going to be okay.

What has been your proudest moment?

The first day I stepped into my new office, with my name listed as Managing Partner. It was a proud personal moment. Then, the day I held my open house and over 100 people came through the doors to support me.

Describe entrepreneurship in one word.

Failing-forward. That’s as close to one word as I can get!

Biggest career achievement?

Transitioning from hiring my first employee to employing a team.

Biggest career fail?

Saying yes to everything and everyone. My growth accelerated when I started saying no to things that did not align with my goals and my priorities. Perfectionism is the enemy of progress and so is the feeling of “needing to please” everyone.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

At the helm of a slightly larger Cypress Capital. One that has gained recognition from both clients and peers and one that is championed by those who are employed by it.

Why Tallahassee?

In 30 minutes, I can be home, in the Country. In less than an hour, I can be at the Coast and this city’s version of “Downtown” just happens to be a peaceful, walkable Metro with Oak canopies. To me, it’s a trifecta.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone starting out?

Fail because you took a chance, not because you were too afraid to try.

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